And so it begins, the push for a brokered GOP convention.
William Kristol, that caricature of an obnoxious, Inside-the-Beltway jerk, a mediocre man of wealth and influence solely because of nepotism (see Kristol, Irving), has a column in The Weekly Standard, “A Deliberative Convention,” that calls on the party to ditch the current cast of freaks and losers and nominate “none of the above.” He is encouraging others to enter the race to deny any of the current contenders enough votes for a first-ballot victory, and then he gleefully hopes to watch all hell break loose:
“It could fall to the Republican delegates convening in Tampa, after they have cast their committed first ballot vote and failed to produce a majority for any candidate, to act as a real deliberative convention. It could fall to them to use their judgment to select the best possible nominee for their party and the best possible president for their country.
“It could happen because it’s quite possible no one will emerge from the January primaries with a commanding lead in the delegate count…. It would be even more likely to happen if someone new were to respond to a draft and enter the race belatedly….
“And a deadlocked convention, which then became a deliberative convention, could be a good thing, because most sentient Republicans, and most conscientious conservatives, suspect we can do better than the current field.”
So here we go, and the drumbeat will just get louder.
The GOP doesn’t need any more illegitimacy associated with it. When Nixon resigned in 1974, the Vice President who took over, Gerald Ford, had been appointed, not elected, because of the resignation of the disgraced Spiro Agnew. So we had a president nobody had voted for.
In 2000, we had Florida and the hanging chads and Katherine Harris/Karl Rove/James Baker and the competing lawsuits and finally the hideous intervention of the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore to stop the pathetic circus the election had become. We had a president imposed on us by judicial fiat, we didn’t know if he deserved to be there or not. But for 9/11, that taint of illegitimacy would have hung over Bush for the rest of his term and may have cost him another one.
This is just the beginning of the brokered convention drumbeat.
Instead of de-legitimizing the electoral process, Billy Boy, why don’t you fix your sick party so that smart, decent, reasonable people aren’t too intimidated by Fox News and right-wing talk radio to run in the first place?
Now there’s an idea for the intellectual poseur Kristol to chew on.