Dan­ger of bro­kered GOP con­ven­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The specter of a bro­kered Re­pub­li­can con­ven­tion to choose a pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Obama in Novem­ber ex­ists be­cause the ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive wing of the Re­pub­li­can party is con­cerned that a Mas­sachusetts mod­er­ate, Mitt Rom­ney, may win the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. These peo­ple would pre­fer any­one but Mr. Rom­ney and fa­vor the hard-right so­cial con­ser­va­tive Rick San­to­rum above Newt Gin­grich and Ron Paul in their af­fec­tions.

They would do well to pon­der the les­son of 1964 when the dar­ling of the con­ser­va­tive wing, Mr. Con­ser­va­tive him­self, Barry Gold­wa­ter, de­feated the Eisen­hower es­tab­lish­ment can­di­dates Nel­son Rockefeller and Wil­liam Scran­ton for the nom­i­na­tion. Gold­wa­ter promptly led the Re­pub­li­can Party to elec­toral dis­as­ter against an in­cum­bent lib­eral. Sound fa­mil­iar? PAUL BLOUSTEIN Cincin­nati

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