New Reality Show: Sarah Palin and the Brokered Convention
No, there won’t be any fish-clubbing – but this should be entertaining nonetheless:
Former Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that a brokered Republican presidential convention was a possibility and that if it happened she “would do whatever I could to help.”
“If one of the nominees, one of the GOPers, doesn’t get enough delegates, it could go to a brokered convention,” said Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling in an interview. “If it does get to that, and someone said, ‘Governor, would you be interested,’ would you be interested?”
“For one, I think that it could get to that. … If it had to be closed up today, the whole nominating process, then we could be looking at a brokered convention. … Nobody is quite there yet, so I think that months from now, if that is the case, all bets are off as to who it will be, willing to offer up themselves up in their name in service to their country.”
“I would do whatever I could to help,” she added.
First of all the odds of a brokered convention are just a little higher than me winning the lottery ticket and then accidentally eating it, but let’s entertain the possibility for a moment. After all, many conservatives
(including myself) would love to have someone who isn’t in the field represent us in November. This is getting depressing.
But what could Sarah Palin really do in a brokered convention, run herself? I doubt she would (she’s not stupid and knows she’d get crushed in the general) but she could easily wrap up the Santorum and Gingrich delegates if that’s what she decided to do, especially against a more ‘establishment’ candidate like Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush.
Aside from that, what I think Palin could do if she wanted to be useful (but I think is unlikely) is that in the event of a brokered convention, she uses her pull with Gingrich and Santorum supporters to have them coalesce around that more establishment candidate. She could cite their conservative record, especially in the case of Bush or Daniels. “They may be establishment,” she’ll say, “but they’re conservative – and that’s what we need to defeat Barack Obama.”
I’d like to see that speech.