In an interview with the New York Times, Sarah Palin had this to say about the possibility of a brokered Republican convention:
“People who start screaming that a brokered convention is the worst thing that could happen to the G.O.P., they have an agenda,” Ms. Palin said in an interview. “They have their own personal or political reasons, their own candidate who they would like to see protected away from a brokered convention.”
She added: “That’s part of competition, part of the process and it may happen.”
Palin expanded on this theme in her prepared remarks given before an enthusiastic CPAC crowd:
Former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday gave her full-throated support to an extended GOP presidential primary, arguing that a long race will help, not hurt, the eventual nominee. Her comments, made during a high-profile appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, rebuts the concerns of many Republicans that a longer primary will hurt the party’s eventual nominee in the fall against President Obama.
“As if competition weakens our nominee,” said Palin, whose well-received speech was routinely interrupted by applause from a boisterous audience. “Yet in America we believe competition strengthens us. Competition elevates our game. Competition leads us to victory in 2012.”
Similarly, here's the boss, writing in the latest issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD:
"In short, GOP voters feel free to believe that the long and winding road on which they have embarked will more likely lead to the doors of the White House than would a short, straight, pundit-sanctioned path...
"Who would be better at preserving our freedoms and strengthening a free society? Republican primary voters haven’t yet decided. And why should they have? None of the candidates has yet earned the nomination. The good news after last Tuesday is that the race won’t end prematurely. And we remain confident that Republican voters will reward the candidate—Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum or someone else—who most boldly and seriously addresses these issues.
"We trust that the long and winding Republican road will produce, in Tampa in late August, a nominee stronger for the trek he had to endure. And we trust that road will lead, on November 6, to its ultimate destination—a new man in the White House, and a new birth of freedom in America."
It's good to see Palin channeling the boss. It's only too bad she didn't break into "The Long and Winding Road."