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Posted By: Pluperfect, 2/15/2020 4:12:02 AM

Now that as many as six serious Democratic candidates remain in the race, pundits increasingly believe the party is headed for a brokered convention. Hold on to your hats if that happens, because it’s even more complicated than it sounds. Presidential nominating conventions used to be “brokered” because the delegates were largely appointed by — and loyal to — political bosses. Delegates voted on multiple ballots as rivals vied for the bosses’ favor, making the quadrennial events the political equivalent of reality television. You could never be sure which governor or senator would be voted off the island and which would become the ultimate survivor.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 2/15/2020 4:42:50 AM (No. 318907)
Only two serious ones left. I don't get where they come up with six. Kloubuchare was a flick in NH. Warren and slow Joe are done, they won't admit it yet.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Socio 2/15/2020 6:40:53 AM (No. 318931)
This is what Bloomberg wants, he did not become a billionaire because he is stupid, he is not spending all that money campaigning because he wants to be or even thinks he has a chance to be elected POTUS. A brokered convention allows him to buy the Democrat party and appoint his own puppet as the nominee, and many speculate it will be Hillary. This is quite brilliant actually, all of the power, without all of the headaches and none of the blame.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: udanja99 2/15/2020 6:44:58 AM (No. 318935)
Except, #2, that NO ONE wants Illary. And the Berniebots will all stay home, after they get done burning a couple of cities.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Strike3 2/15/2020 7:39:10 AM (No. 318976)
The list of dimmocons has been in place for almost a year and the majority of dim voters are still undecided. They keep hoping for something good to float to the top but there is not a floater in the bunch.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All 2/15/2020 8:17:58 AM (No. 318990)
Dang! I sure wish I had bought popcorn futures.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 2/15/2020 8:20:47 AM (No. 318992)
"A brokered convention ... but it probably repels most Americans." Yup, but the WaaPoo writer whistles past the graveyard about the hard Left Bernie Bros who will riot if Bernie wins the vote but not the nomination, ESPECIALLY if they exhume Hillary as the nominee. The convention would explode and the party would fracture. There would be no way to reassemble it in the 3 months before the general election. Plus, the public scene of another dem event devolving into violent chaos, far worse than the Iowa debacle, will cement in voters minds the incompetence and insanity of the dems. The gruesome reality for the dems is that any type of fireworks in their process will probably amplify Trump's already likely success. Their only option is to follow the process to a probable Bernie win and ride out the likely general election wipeout. Then they could try to rebuild the party. They will have to submit to the inevitability of a Trump reelection victory. To do otherwise will probably shatter their party and hand Trump an overwhelming win and the mandate that goes with it. Of course, I'm hoping for and expecting the riots. Dems can't do much right and they keep tripping over their egos. Pass the popcorn.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: learner 2/15/2020 8:26:33 AM (No. 318997)
Considering the earnestness of the Bernie Bros I think Milwaukee 2020 could end up like Chicago in 1968.Would not want to be there for this meltdown.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 2/15/2020 8:29:31 AM (No. 319000)
Interesting premise, #2, but, I suspect now, the dims will be content to lose in November 2020. Meanwhile they along with the deep state and msm will quietly continue hijacking local politics at the state, county, and city levels. Continue spreading socialism at the grass roots and academic level. You can see it already in the behavior of our young people.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog 2/15/2020 8:32:17 AM (No. 319003)
It's tempting to fall into the who-struck-John where the Democrats are concerned because the whole thing is farce especially when contrasted with the Trump Express which continues to gain momentum and stay squarely on the rails (Barr's nonsense notwithstanding). There are lessons to be learned from the whole thing but the Democrats are spectacularly unsuited to learn them. The biggest and most overarching lesson is this: Groupthink destroys. When you lack original ideas, when you are afraid to verbalize those ideas and when you fear an immediate smackdown from party elders, party members and especially the media then you have no chance of standing out. Look at the hair-splitting that takes place after every debate or public appearance - the hair-splitting is out of desperation since the candidates all say the same things. The media have no tolerance for any divergence from orthodoxy but they are the first ones to decry a lack of charismatic candidates. Marxism destroys. This point ties in with the groupthink (some might say they are one and the same) but when your response to every question, every problem is Total Government Control Of Everything then that doesn't leave much wiggle room. Nobody's interested in hearing how your particular brand of red tape is better than someone else's. In a way, the Democrats have achieved what they always wanted: voters who can't or won't think. It was their dream to add illegal aliens to this base - ignorant newcomers who would remain in linguistic, religious and/or cultural ghettoes (eg Somalis in Minnesota). Load them on the bus, get them to the polls, send them home. Wait til next election. Twitter destroys. If 10% of the population use twitter then less than half - let's call it 4% - use it for its advertised purpose ie microblogging of personal views. Less than half that number are actually engaged, meaning they aren't bots, aren't just retweeting and liking posts and have something interesting to say. So now we're down to 1-2% of the population. And about half that number are media types from network anchors down to bloggers. The math is undeniable - and it means that a few loud voices have a wildly disproportionate influence on public debate. It's the bathroom wall of the internet but the media find it endlessly fascinating because it's usually about them.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: janjan 2/15/2020 8:42:53 AM (No. 319011)
A brokered Democrat convention would be awesome. I would even force myself to watch it. Whoever comes out ahead in that mess is going to face Trump already battered and bloody. He will be amused.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Philipsonh 2/15/2020 8:53:36 AM (No. 319027)
Don't assume it will be HRC, because she is a loser and belongs in prison, to boot. It could well be a surprise, like Ophra or Michelle O, even though each is ill suited to be President; BUT, a surprise it could well be to bring enthusiasm to the voters. If NOT Sen Sanders, a disaster anyways. As a Trump supporter, that would be a dream.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney 2/15/2020 9:07:40 AM (No. 319062)
The Democrat race is already a hockey pen. Hopefully, they will kill each other off, and the rest of us will have the delight of going on without them.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Venturer 2/15/2020 9:19:46 AM (No. 319081)
IMO they cannot win with what they have and they are getting desperate. I look for the Mooch to be talked in to running. I know it's a desperate act, but these are desperate people.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1 2/15/2020 9:34:19 AM (No. 319103)
i have been predicting a deadlocked convention for nearly a year now. If Perez changes the rules, the super delegates may be able to cut a deal and boost one candidate over the finish line on the first ballot, so I would be wrong. But that is unlikely, due to Crazy Bernie's supporters being as crazy as their candidate. Bernie was bought off on 2016, but this is his final parade, so... one of the amusing parts of the dimocrat convention in 1972 was that California wanted proportional representation on their primary votes, which would have denied McGovern a first ballot victory, and McGovern loudly protested such a change, saying it was unfair. after the 1980 presidential election, Dead Ted Kennedy pushed through a 'conscience clause' and it allowed delegates, on the first ballot, to vote for someone other than their pledged sup[port of their candidate. If that rule is still in place, it could be interesting.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: kennedylaw 2/15/2020 9:40:14 AM (No. 319114)
Suppose Sanders wins a plurality of the popular vote in the Democratic primaries but someone else gets the nomination. Doesn't that forever kill the Democrats' mantra that Hillary won the 2016 election because she got a plurality of the popular vote?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: gone2pot 2/15/2020 9:43:45 AM (No. 319119)
The voters ruled even if the bosses seethed, as was the case when Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party in 2016. Aahh, the obligatory Orange Man Bad insertion, required in EVERY WaPo article. They got that one out early. About 40 percent of the delegates will have been awarded after Super Tuesday states vote on March 3, and more than 60 percent Exactly. That gives them the power that bosses had in prior years if they can get behind one of the other contenders en masse. Get behind? Hmm, a WaPo homage to Pete perhaps? It doesn’t matter if Klobuchar or Biden ran fourth or fifth among the voter-selected delegates; the bosses’ votes would instantly make that person the front-runner. And, to celebrate the bosses' votes, the Bernie Bros would instantly make Milwaukee a war zone. Graham Nash could write a new song! "Won't you please come to Milwaukee for a riot..."
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Reply 17 - Posted by: chance_232 2/15/2020 9:49:24 AM (No. 319126)
Every 4 years the pundits hyperventilate at the prospect of a brokered convention, and it never happens. After the first elections, the money starts drying up for the the candidates not in the top, forcing them to drop out. The money flow increases to the candidate thats in the lead, allowing that candidate to increase the lead. The has beens start endorsing in the hopes of a VP slot or other appointment. We will have a pretty good idea who the candidate will be by April.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 2/15/2020 10:04:05 AM (No. 319157)
Gosh I hope they get extremely nasty. I hope they bloody each other up really well.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: donnaclaire 2/15/2020 10:42:25 AM (No. 319224)
Wonderful to be witnessing these smarter-than-the-rest-of-us Democrats' frenzied quest for the top job. Have been frustrated and quietly seething because of the unfairness and criminality of their collective, many-faceted hoax attempting to destroy Trump. Now, some giddiness and relaxation are setting in - a welcome relief. Keep it up, Dems. We love it!
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Reply 20 - Posted by: JackBurton 2/15/2020 10:48:40 AM (No. 319230)
If you're watching a marathon, you've got more than enough time to order a pizza delivered. Just sayin'.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: little guy 2/15/2020 10:55:34 AM (No. 319238)
The Ben Hur chariot race is before the convention (which must show unity even if it doesn't exist) and I'm happy to have a minority view that the Dems will gladly nominate Bernie just like they happily nominated McGovern and Mon-dull. Why? Because every couple of years the Dems want to go over a cliff just to prove a point --- albeit a stupid point but a point nonetheless and it's all theirs. Look at impeachment! What will probably happen is Bernie gets forced to put someone on his ticket he doesn't want like Klobuchar or K. Harris (remember her?) or even Corey Booker. What is a real trivia point, however, is the fact that if the Dem party candidate for POTUS dies before the election, the Veep does NOT move up automatically! The party regulars get to meet --- without a convention or delegates --- and THEY pick a replacement! Remember Eagleton? Shriver was rammed down McGovern's throat. And should the candidate for POTUS win ... but die before the Electoral College meets, then again, the Electors can vote for whomever they want! The Veep only moves up AFTER the Electoral College meets and votes him/her in.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone 2/15/2020 11:24:17 AM (No. 319275)
There is a report out there that Bloomberg now wants Hillary Clinton to be his running mate, but I don’t believe that would be constitutional, because apparently the US Constitution requires the President and the Vice-President to be residents of different States, and at least at the moment, Bloomberg and Clinton are both residents of the State of New York. Even though some believe that Bloomberg spends most of his time residing in Bermuda which is part of the U.K.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 2/15/2020 11:36:38 AM (No. 319295)
There is only one thing I know for sure. NO ONE will choose Hillary as their vice president! It would be a death sentence.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Smart11344 2/15/2020 12:16:56 PM (No. 319355)
I think it's in shanbles. Does that beat messY. In my mind it does. The dems are in complete disarary.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 2/15/2020 12:46:41 PM (No. 319397)
Mu humble prediction: - Fauxcahontas, Plugs the Creepy Groper, and Klobuchar will be out after results of Super Tuesday, with Crazy Bernie and Mini-Mike as the frontrunners. - Buttboy will remain in the race as a novelty candidate, and Steyer will continue his insane candicacy using his own money. - it will go down to Crazy Bernie and Mini-Mike at the Dim convention, and the Dim establishment will back Bloomberg as the more "moderate" candidate to run against PDJT. Who says that you can't buy a nomination in the Dim party?
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