A Brokered Convention for the GOP Is Bad News in 2012

republican convention 2012There’s been talk in the news recently about a potential brokered convention for the Republican presidential candidates. Which leads to the obvious question: What the heck is a brokered convention and why does it matter? At least it does for me, as someone that has heard the term tossed around every four years but never taken the time to figure out what it means and what the impact of having one could be in the general election

So I skipped over to Google and put some mad researching skills to work.

First things first: A basic understanding of the primary process is needed. We have primaries to supposedly get to know our candidates a little better. We shake the skeletons out of the closet, witness their debate skills, and get a peek at how they handle the intense pressure of campaigning.

The states begin to vote for their primary candidates in the election year, with the Iowa caucuses going first, and the New Hampshire primary on its heels. The results of these races are significant because they can be an indication of which candidate voters will most likely support in November. It’s also a chance for lesser-known, under-funded candidates to rocket to the top and gain national recognition and momentum for their campaigns.

Then we muddle through all the other states (the last one this year is Utah on June 26) until our candidate emerges. The official announcement isn’t made until the party’s National Convention some weeks or months later, but everyone usually throws their support behind one candidate somewhere along the primary process, and the rest of it is just going through the motions.

Now we get to brokered conventions. The official candidate isn’t chosen by popular vote, but by delegates. Similar to the Electoral College, each state has a certain number of delegates that will travel to the convention to make the vote for the candidate, based on how the primary or caucuses in their state went down.

A brokered convention is when the delegates aren’t necessarily bound to the candidate their state chose, but may vote for whomever they like. This is what Rick Santorum has been hoping for, because the way things have going don’t look good for him otherwise.

This is a terrible idea going into an election against a sitting president. We need to band together behind one candidate, raise as much money for the general as we possibly can, and start pounding on the opposition instead of getting lost in our own petty squabbles.

Mitt Romney told Neil Cavuto that a brokered convention would “doom” the Republicans’ chance of winning in November. While it’s tempting to think he’s only saying that because he’s in the lead, the man has a point.


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jagam... jagamama0710

I don't really think that should be allowed, especially if they're able to vote just for whoever they like, without regards to who their state wants. 

Loref... Lorefield

I don't think this should ever be allowed, and I don't think that electoral college should be either. 

The vote should always belong to the people, not delegates who rarely represent them.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It's great news for America though. With the republicans showing how inept they are it should be a breeze to get Obama back fog another four years.

jagam... jagamama0710

Rhonda - I understand your point, but it's not supposed to work this way. It doesn't matter whether it affects republicans or democrats, it shouldn't be allowed.

And like Lorefield, I don't like the electoral college either. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

i'm going to third the whole brokered convention and electoral college sentiment. i've NEVER understood that - even had quite an interesting convo with my gov't teacher in high school about it. i don't understand how if "one person = one vote" what the hell an electoral college is even needed for. each person votes, all of those votes are tallied, and a winner is produced.

is it just me, or does it seem like high school prom elections are more logical than our current system?

tinyp... tinypossum

As much as I hope we don't end up with a Republican president, I don't think this is a fair way to choose a nominee. The voters voices should be honestly represented by the delegates. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

I don't like the "brokered" idea, either, but believe that the Electoral College is absolutely needed. If not for the Electoral College, cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles would elect every president, and those in rural areas would be, effectively, silenced. The Electoral College evens that out, giving those in more sparsely populated areas as much of a say as those in densely populated areas. That is the genius of it, and that is why it is so very necessary.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

Yeah that brokered convention does sound bad. Yeah this year for Democrats it's excellent because it does appear to give us an advantage but look ahead to 2016. What if the Democratic Convention is brokered and we end up with a lost cause for a candidate. I think that the delegates need to put their vote in for who their state wanted and leave it at that.

dirti... dirtiekittie

@pony chaser - but that still doesn't make sense. if one person = one vote, why would a more populated area have an "advantage" over a lesser populated area? to me, that doesn't compute. if each person is allowed one vote, and each vote is weighed equally, then it wouldn't matter if the votes come from LA, NY, or unheard of cities in states like Montana.

the issue with the electoral college is that it assumes the vote of the majority is for that area. why should a vote be tabulated by area? i would vote for the person i want in office all the same whether i live in california, maine, or alaska. what's the difference?

Loref... Lorefield

Rhondaveggie, I get what you mean, but I don't want Obama to win that way. 

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