Although Mitt Romney is way ahead in the delegate count, he has struggled to cement the GOP nomination. There are some political insiders that are predicting the first brokered Republican convention in several decades. Former RNC chairman Michael Steele has said he wouldn’t oppose this, although it was never his goal. The Huffington Post reports:
WASHINGTON — Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been held responsible for the length of the current Republican primary season, which has become toxic and damaging in tone as it has continued on. He helped craft the primary map, doing so in a way that would prolong the process — primarily by scheduling early contests in which states allocate their delegates proportionally, rather awarding the full slate to the winner.
With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney bleeding support among independents and President Barack Obama’s prospects improving, Steele has stood by his decision, arguing that it has engaged Republican voters in states that often go ignored. Still, it was fairly shocking to see him quoted, on Monday morning, defending the idea of the primary ending in convention-floor chaos.
“I wanted a brokered convention,” Steele told Mother Jones. “That was one of my goals.”
Reached by email, Steele quibbled with the quote. He acknowledged that he personally would have no problem with a brokered convention, were one to occur, but he insisted that it wasn’t a pursuit of his while serving as RNC Chair.
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