Opening Act: Brokered Convention

The buzz of CPAC day one? It’s official: Depressed conservatives are fantasizing about a brokered convention. Seth MacLaughlin:

“For the first time in a while, there is actually at this point a reasonable chance that the nomination could come down to a floor fight,” said Jeffrey M. Frederick, former Virginia Republican Party chairman.

The speculation even made it onto the dais at CPAC when Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said during a panel discussion that 2012 could make modern political history.

“I would have said that the day of the convention deciding the nomination was over and was settled by the rise of the primary,” Mr. Reed told the audience. “I’m not sure that will be the case in 2012.”

Jon Ward talks to another Republican, this time an anonymous one, who rubs his temples and dreams of a brokered deal. If I were Rick Santorum, I’d be pissed off – c’mon, my nomination is so offensive to you that you’d rather say “screw it” and pick Chris Christie?