Zakaria: Why I can’t wait for the Republican convention
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February 2nd, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Zakaria: Why I can’t wait for the Republican convention

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Jeff Greenfield has a great piece in Bloomberg explaining why, due to Republican Party procedures, Newt Gingrich really can take the nomination battle all the way to the Republican National Convention.  After Florida, there are only a few more statewide winner-take-all primaries.

As Greenfield writes, "What we have instead is a patchwork of rules: Most states allocate most of their delegates by congressional district; some have the top two finishers split those delegates; some give them all to the district winner, but only if he gets 50 percent or more; some use winner-take-all for each district."

This means it’s going to take Mitt Romney a long time to accumulate the delegates he needs to win the nomination outright.  If Gingrich stays in the race and Ron Paul stays in, they’ll likely lock up enough delegates to be serious forces down the line.  Also, remember, the Republican rules say that if a candidate wins pluralities of delegates in five states – and those can include Guam or Washington DC – then you name gets placed on the ballot.  If the candidate chooses to stay in the race, the party then goes through the whole drama of voting at the convention.

This protracted struggle is made for Newt Gingrich. He wants to be up on stage giving a speech at the convention. It’s possible that we’ll have a contentious national convention, the likes of which we haven’t had since Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter in 1980.

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  1. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP mantra: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    February 3, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • GOP2

      What's your purpose? The nation is imploding and this is the best you can do? What say we raise the bar?

      February 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Reply


    The unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5%! Sorry! I misspoke! Make that 8.3%. Sorry Mitt! Hahahahha!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  3. johnny

    Open your eyes wide and you will see a bigger, blacker picture of GOP.

    Forget all that stageplaying and acting, cosmetics splashed over their hidden agenda and you will see that these fellows are not going to be able to resolve common American problems.

    More has been said by these Republican candidates about themselves and against the other – than what they really and realistically can do for the citizens.

    These rallies and debates should be seen as Hollywood – even though its definitely nowhere near the Academy award quality.

    My prediction: Pres Obama 54% Romney 46%

    By the way, is it true that attendants at Romney's rallies are mostly temple garment wearing Mormons?

    February 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply
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    The GOP is imploding due to its many hypocracies and foibles. The Democrates have hypocracies and foibles, too, but of lesser political this moment in time.

    We The People deserve better than any of these dunderheads. Isn't there anyone out there? PLEASEEEE!

    February 6, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply
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