Another brokered GOP convention?
On this day in 2015, we get another article about a "brokered convention." It didn't happen in 2008 or 2012, and it won't in 2016 but it is a heck of story for those of us who sleep and eat politics.
According to Sean Trende, a very good pundit, the GOP field is so deep that it could happen:
I think the Republican Party really could wind up with a brokered convention -- that is, a race where no candidate receives a majority of the delegates by the end of voting.
In fact, it might well be the most likely outcome, if only because no particular outcome is particularly probable.
It could happen, but I don't see it.
First, a brokered convention will not unite the party. It will get ugly on the floor, a bit like the Reagan-Ford struggle of 1976. Yes, President Ford won, but a lot of the Reagan people took off the fall and did not work hard for him.
Second, who is going to unite all of these splintered groups anyway? My guess is that a brokered convention will turn into an establishment-vs.-Tea Party shouting match. It may be fun for bloggers and reporters, but it will hurt whoever gets the nomination.
Finally, one of these guys, and my money is on Gov. Scott Walker today, will break out and start winning delegates. He will eventually drive candidates out of the race because the money will dry up.
Yes, a brokered convention could happen, and it would be historic. I'm hoping that it doesn't, because the nominee will be bleeding before the general campaign.
One last thought: I do think that a brokered convention is likely on the Democrat side if Hillary Clinton does not run. The nomination would probably go to VP Biden, but there are going to be a lot of gloomy faces at the convention.