I would like to be better informed about the realistic possibilities for this election.
Let me start off by making some assumptions. First, I assume that Dennis Prager, George Will, Bill Kristol, and Paul Rahe among other luminaries are correct and that a Romney candidacy or presidency would be a disaster. Then I assume that the other candidates in the race are also deeply flawed, and that most of us have picked the candidates we are backing with little enthusiasm, thinking that each is the least bad of a bad lot. I think both of those assumptions can be reasonably argued, although I also recognize that there are people who will dissent from each of them.
Assuming, though, that these are true, what alternatives are there? What conceivable alternative, for example, does George Will have in mind when he delineates Romney’s weaknesses in such painful detail? With filing deadlines for many states now past, it looks as though we are stuck with our current candidate pool for the primaries, barring a miracle. (A few days ago, Western Chauvinist and I agreed in a private conversation to pray together for the upcoming election—and those of you who know our online views can probably guess the overall direction of our prayers. She and I are still holding out for the miracle. Anyone who wants to join us, feel free.)
But failing the miracle of having a candidate feel such a deep and sudden call of duty that he jumps into the race and runs in only some of the later primaries, can anything else happen? I’ve been told that the rules have now been set up in such a way that a brokered convention is no longer possible. Is that really true? If so, why? And, if not, can someone tell me how such a thing would work? It hasn’t happened in my lifetime, and so I really can't imagine it, but at this point I wonder if it's our best hope. Most importantly, in a brokered convention, can we get a candidate who hasn't actually run in the primaries? Is there still room in modern politics for the party to get together and call in someone because the party and the country needs him, even if he does not see it?