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There’s a Chance! Yes!

Could there be a brokered convention?

Mar 26, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 27 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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Wouldn’t that look like the establishment simply shoving its choice down the throats of party rank-and-file? Wilbur, a strong conservative and former talk radio host in Seattle, doesn’t think so. “There would have to be a consensus among the delegates, so it wouldn’t just be the party leaders. It would have to be somebody with grassroots support. The delegates are the grassroots and they’re conservative​—​more conservative than the leadership.”

That process, Wilbur argues, would energize the Republican base, not discourage it. “The eyes of the nation will be on the convention​—​no one is paying much attention before then. What they see is a candidate come to the forefront, get the enthusiasm and excitement of the convention​—​and that’s contagious.”

How likely is it? In the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber​—​juvenile, but classic​—​Jim Carrey plays Lloyd Christmas, a dimbulb who battles with his good friend and fellow idiot, Harry Dunne, to win the heart of Aspen, Colorado, socialite Mary Swanson. Swanson finds the men repulsive, but an indefatigable Christmas pursues her despite her obvious lack of interest. At one point, he asks her to level with him about his chances.

“Not good,” she replies.

“You mean, not good like one in a hundred?”

“I’d say .  .  . more like one in a million.”

After a brief pause, a wide smile creeps across his face, and he pumps his fist. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”

No, they don’t end up together. Even in Hollywood there’s no guarantee of a storybook ending.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

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