By Robert Schlesinger |
Can Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich force Mitt Romney into a brokered convention?
I hope so.
We are starting to see the real Mitt Romney. First he is a candidate who cannot win unless he can outspend his opposition 5 to 1. Second, he is a liberal. Santorum and Gingrich are wrong when they call him a "Massachusetts Moderate."
He is not a moderate. He is a liberal. Period.
This is his history. When he was governor of Massachusetts, he was a liberal governor. This was not because he was forced to. This was because he was a liberal. Before switching to the Republican Party out of convenience, he was a liberal Democrat. Even as late as 2002, he was proudly announcing he was a "progressive."
If Santorum and Gingrich truly support conservatism, they must unite to deny Romney the nomination. Gingrich wants this. Santorum apparently does not.
As of right now, Romney has 563 delegates. He is just under half of what he needs. There are 1,273 delegates remaining of which Romney needs 600 or so. The math is not good but it is still doable.
For conservatives, we desperately need Santorum and Gingrich to unite to stop Romney. Romney's campaign is already hinting that he is going to move significantly to the left as soon as the nomination is sewn up. His communications director, Eric Fehrnstorm said on CNN, Romney's positions could change "like an Etch A Sketch."
We conservatives need to demand that Gingrich and Santorum unite to make certain Romney does not win the nomination and we force an open convention. The results of an open convention may not be great but they are better than having Romney as a nominee. We conservatives need to demand the GOP pick someone else. We need to pressure delegates to vote for anyone but Romney.
Can Santorum and Gingrich force an open convention? Perhaps the better question is will they?
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