Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Many Republican pundits and politicians have said all the right words:
"Yes, I'm satisfied with this field."
"We have a great crop of candidates."
"Every one of them is infinitely better than who we have now in the White House."
And perhaps they each mean what they say. But the truth is many Americans just aren't fired up about the candidates. Sure, many are in the ABO--Anybody But Obama--camp, but fired up, they ain't. The polls bear this out because not one candidate is manhandling the others. Many Republicans, in fact, state readily that they would like another choice. This is true, despite the fact that the GOP establishment has tried to ram Romney down our throats.
Because no one is stealing the day, there's been much talk--and even more hope--for a brokered convention. Governor Palin was asked about this while at CPAC this past weekend. (See video clip here.) Today, Bernie Quigley of The Hill used the names Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush in the same breath as brokered convention:
Santorum’s contraception boom — “We’re all Catholics now,” said Mike Huckabee — won’t hold up. Because we’re not. This race could well go to a brokered convention. If Jeb Bush is proposed, so Sarah Palin should be minutes later. She is now and always has been the singular Jacksonian voice in the original Tea Party phenomenon; the only one who can bring it to the mainstream. Her absence from the primary race has left a vacuum and no substitute has been found. Every other possible or potential leadership hopeful has risen and receded in this long Republican primary season.
But as The Hill’s Josh Lederman reports from the CPAC conference, the former Alaska governor received far and away the most spirited and enthusiastic reception at the convention of about 10,000 conservative activists. She drew the audience to its feet more than a dozen times during her keynote address on Saturday.
“The cheers for Palin were so loud that they drowned out her remarks again and again,” he writes. “Conference organizers had to set up three overflow rooms to accommodate the throngs of supporters eager to hear her words.”
Bush/Christie or Christie/ Bush as “establishment” representation is bound to bring muffled chuckles (“Hey Abbott!!!”) and Obama would win in a landslide. But Bush/Christie vs. Sarah Palin/Rick Perry positions coming head to head at the Republican Convention would pit the storied worlds of Dexter and Paulie Walnuts; the most notoriously corrupt, burned-out, busted-up, used-up, dangerous, underwater and broke Eastern states, against the new, independent, states-oriented, freedom-seeking constitutional conservatives like Palin of the Western states, Texas and Alaska. Now that would be interesting.
Read the full article here.