After Mitt Romney’s speech on Thursday, some have argued that Mitt is leading “the establishment” in an effort to “subvert the will of the people” by forcing a brokered convention wherein backroom deals would somehow circumvent the democratic process and unfairly nominate a candidate whom the people didn’t choose. This is a flawed argument.
Back in December, Carly Fiorina said: "Nobody in the party determines whether or not there's a brokered convention. The voters are going to determine whether there's a brokered convention. I mean, if no one goes into the convention with enough votes to be declared the winner, then it is a brokered convention. So you could make the case that a brokered convention does reflect the will of the people."
So, what would it mean if there was a brokered convention? It would mean that NONE of the candidates got a majority of the votes. And why should the nominee be required to have a majority? Why not just nominate the candidate with the most votes? I don’t know for sure, but presumably it is because the nominee should represent the majority of the people in the party, and thus, have the best chance of winning the general election.
Having said all this, I also note that there is only a very small chance of this scenario ever playing out, and even if it did happen, Romney is not planning on suddenly jumping into the race — he is simply looking for another candidate to emerge as an alternative to Donald Trump.
No, Romney is not running, but neither is he running away. Romney gave a speech. He did so based on his deeply held personal convictions. He did what every American can and should be doing: Stand up for your values and let your voice be heard. Don’t be bullied.
The prevailing rhetoric now seems to be that anyone who speaks out against Trump or opposes him is dividing the Republican Party. Thus, people may be afraid to speak out. If anything is suppressing or subverting the will of the people, it is this kind of bullying and rhetoric that makes people afraid to speak up for what they believe a president should be and what they believe a president should not be. The Republican Party may be divided if its members can’t rally around a single candidate, but it will certainly fall apart if we don’t speak up for what we feel the party should stand for.
I personally am not yet completely "Against Trump." I still have some hope that the better side of his character may yet come through. But I am completely in favor of holding him accountable for the dangerous and degrading behavior he has displayed thus far. And that's why I support Mitt Romney's speech.
Mark Ware is a master's student at Brigham Young University in the instructional psychology and technology program.