Waiting for “None of the Above”
February 22, 2012
As we watch the primaries go back and forth between Santorum and Romney, it occurs to me they may be telling us something; and it’s not which one of the two (or three, if you include Newt) candidates they prefer.
It’s that they prefer neither and, in essence, they are voting for a contested (otherwise known as “brokered”) convention.
Like Great Britain’s age-old foreign policy which was predicated on making sure no continental power became too strong (and, therefore, a threat), primary voters will put their weight behind whoever is behind the day before the primary.
It’s a Hail Mary strategy to make possible a deus ex machina conclusion, and it may just work.