Friday, February 24, 2012

GOP still looking for its knight in shining armor

Thus far, all hopes for a knight in shining armor for the GOP have been dashed because of reality: there’s a bunch of losers running. Their dilemma is to decide which loser to pick? Or, maybe none of the losers will garner enough delegates to win?

Odds remain heavily stacked against the party arriving at its convention without a nominee, but the remaining candidates face lingering doubts about their strength versus President Barack Obama ... and that's fueling discussion that some kind of “knight in shining armor” could, or should, ride in to “save” the GOP at the last moment.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who’s endorsed Romney, acknowledged Wednesday that he’s still facing pressure to wage his own campaign.

If the race between Romney, Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul remains stalemated and no single candidate is able to amass the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, talk will grow louder about a once-unthinkable possibility: a contested, or brokered, convention and the potential for a new candidate to be added to the mix.

But a brokered convention remains more a fantasy of political journalists at this point than a realistic scenario. A virtual perfect storm of variables would have to fall into place for none of the four remaining Republican candidates to have won enough delegates to secure the nomination by late August.

Of course, stranger things have happened in politics.

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