Paul  Weyrich

But if no clear winner would emerge after Super Tuesday, a big if, then the prospects for a brokered convention would be likely. I can’t blame the media. The past many conventions have been stage-managed events. Dull, dull, dull. The old line networks have cut back their coverage to a couple of hours each night. They have left gavel to gavel coverage to CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. Yet a brokered convention would be exciting. The networks would again have gavel-to-gavel coverage. By the way, there have been nominations with excited coverage – the 1964 Convention, which nominated Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Goldwater had a majority of the delegates but the media was hopeful that a “moderate” would emerge to take votes away from Goldwater and deliver the convention to someone else. And the 1976 Convention in Kansas City, where it was not clear at the beginning which candidate had the majority of delegates, but beyond those conventions, in modern times conventions have become carefully managed shows, aimed at getting the word about the nominee out to the public.

Most likely we will have that kind of convention again this year. But the media can only wish for something worth covering. There are many on the sidelines who are wishing right along with them. We are tired of the stage-managed nonsense. We are tired of being told that our candidate, if on the losing side, has only three minutes and forty seconds, and his speech must be censored before delivery. We are tired of being told that our candidate may not mention the right to life, the right to keep and bear arms, and that marriage is between one man and one woman. How about a reality politics show. How about showing the public what really happens in politics.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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