The Return of the Smoke-Filled Room?I can't see a candidate coming out of a brokered convention having a realistic chance to win because NOBODY but a handful of elites would have voted for him or her all year. Supporters of the candidates who hit the trail and worked for the nomination would be quite put out and barring the return of Reagan himself would be generally lacking in enthusiasm for the hand-picked elite candidate.
If U.S. policy with Russia can have a reset button, can the Republican primary process?
ANDREA MITCHELL: "I talked to a top Romney adviser tonight who said, 'Look, if Mitt Romney can not win here in Florida then we're going to have to try to reinvent the smoke-filled room which has been democratized by all these primaries. And we're going to have try to come with someone as an alternative to Newt Gingrich who could be Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, someone.' Because there is such a desperation by the so-called party elites, but that's exactly what Gingrich is playing against."
"This isn't exactly helping Romney to have one of his advisers saying this,"offers Dan Larison, with perhaps the understatement of the year:
It would be amusing and obnoxious if "party elites" tried this, but I don't see how it would work. Were such a thing to happen, the alternative candidate would have an enormous credibility problem from the very beginning, and anyone selected this way would probably have baggage that people haven't considered yet. It was one thing for various non-Romney candidates to compete to be treated as Romney's replacement, but it would be something else entirely for someone to be selected and presented as a "party elite"-favored substitute.
It won't happen.