February 03, 2011


Will Republicans Play the Favorite Son Game?

There is some speculation Republican governors might endorse a favorite son strategy in the Republican presidential primary in an effort to enhance their leverage in choosing their party's ultimate nominee.

David Broder: "The strategy has not been used for years in presidential races, but it is particularly inviting now. There is reason to believe that Barbour, a long-shot possibility for the nomination, will exploit the respect he has gained among his peers as chairman of the governors' association to put forward the idea."

"Ultimately I cannot tell who of the current aspirants, or such future possibilities as Gen. David Petraeus, might benefit from a successful favorite-son movement. But it would preserve the Republican governors' leverage for the time that they might be united behind a single candidate. And meantime, it would fundamentally alter the dynamics of this intriguing, wide-open race."










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