What might be the benefits of a brokered Republican Convention?
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Given that many people have already made up their mind that they will vote for the Republican candidate come November, no matter who it is, what benefits might the Republicans see from a brokered convention? Keep in mind that conventions typically create the parties platform, as well as select the next candidate to represent that platform for the Republicans. Will there be a benefit to the parties overall platform? Will the candidate benefit somehow by going through the process of compromise at convention time?
You are wrong. Most of the people didn't make up their mind yet. It is a process at work. Large percentage of people make the final decision, once in the polling booth (and keep it secret).
The benefit of a Brokered Convention is an informed and participatory electorate. I would argue the rule changes put in place accomplished this goal; to create greater interest in the political process through the elimination of power granted to the early Primary and Caucuses States.
The mere prospect of a Contested or Brokered Convention has raised the level of public discourse to heights beyond reasonable expectations. That is, I would venture to say, most news savy people have at least heard of the term. It's a commentary of the electorate's dissatifaction regarding their given choice.
It might give us a candidate that is better than the current crop. Romney is too moderate, Gingrich has too much baggage, and Santorum is not a fiscal conservative. Also, the Obama machine has probably been building attack ads on all of these candidates, so a surprise candidate would not have been so damaged by the brutal primary (ouch! some of those debates were vicious, and you have no doubt that some of the same lines of reasoning - such as attacking Romney's time at Bain - will be used against Obama during the general election!).
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