a "brokered convention"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 18 15:49:22 UTC 2012

If it ain't brokered, don't fix it?


On Mar 18, 2012, at 11:40 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> The news world is rife with yak about the possibility of a "brokered
> convention" if no Republican candidate wins a majority of delegates in the
> primaries.
> After a few days of this, some journalists had the decency to point out
> that they don't mean a "brokered" convention, in which some kingmaker
> wangles his preferred candidate into the catbird seat; they mean an "open"
> convention with everybody wheeling and dealing for himself.  (I don't know
> the last time an actual "brokered convention" occurred.)
> Nevertheless, the preferred term for "open convention" still seems to be
> "brokered convention."
> Hopefully it will fade away. But it seems worth noting.
> JL
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