Mr. Right Eludes the GOP
"If we could just take a little bit from each of them."
I've lost track of how many people I have heard say some version of this in the last couple of months. The "each of them" refers to the final four combatants for the Republican nomination.
You could take
Of course, you could just as easily have a Frankenstein's monster with Gingrich's verbal pomposity, Santorum's resentful and dour sanctimony, Paul's conspiratorial nuttiness and the full suite of Romney's Stepford Republican qualities. It calls to mind
This is one of the amazing things about the final four. The various factions of the
Santorum is the religious conservative, but he's a Catholic from
And then there's Gingrich. The former speaker of the House and leader of the Republican Revolution should be the elder statesman, the insider's insider. But he's managed to turn himself into the outsider who wants to fundamentally and profoundly change the world. He's a Southerner who converted to Catholicism with, as
This helps explain why
It's also why many are talking about a brokered, contested or open convention, even those people -- like
I don't buy it.
"You can make up all kinds of scenarios," Rove explained on "Fox News Sunday." "But in all likelihood what happens in the dynamic of the primaries, once somebody starts to win they keep on winning."
The naysayers insist we're stuck with these candidates because that's the way things are, based on precedent and delegate math.
I see it differently. The experts have been wrong about quite a lot of late --
If these four candidates are unacceptable to a majority of Republicans, they won't be accepted -- and something else will have to happen. What that "something else" will be, I don't know. But given the state of medical technology, a wild convention seems more plausible than sewing together the good bits from the current pack.
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