Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Smoke Filled Room

There's been a lot of talk among some Republicans of a brokered convention in August.  They envision some idyllic environment where a sudden spark of inspiration drives the party en masse to one not yet running political figure who will have none of the perceived or genuine faults found in the current field.  This, some feel, will be that moment where the heart of the party seizes control of the party!

Of course this view stems from a certain naivete about what such an event would entail and create.  There are a myriad of problems that would come from a candidate with no money, campaign staff/organization, defined platform, or strong name ID suddenly being thrust into the race with Obama 2 months out, but one of the great misconceptions is the idea that this could be an organic movement.  The brokered conventions of the pre-primary era brought the term of the "smoke filled room" into the American lexicon, and such an occurrence today would likely be resolved by the same conclave of power brokers (after all, someone would have to pick a candidate).

Some would still see this as leading to a better outcome.  Perhaps, but remember this: once they get in that room, they can settle on anyone.

With that in mind, let me take you to a smoke filled hotel room in Tampa, FL on August 29, 2012...