Newt Gingrich, trying to sell the idea of a brokered convention and shortened general election contest on CNN.
"That would be the most exciting 60 days of civic participation in the age of Facebook and Youtube.
... the convention would be the most exciting convention in modern times, and whoever became the nominee would have the highest attendance, the highest viewership in history for their acceptance speech."
His next argument for the salubrious effects of a brokered convention?
"We would have compressed the Obama attack machine to 60 days. They would only have 60 days.
The danger, frankly, for the Republicans is if we pick a nominee early enough, that gives Obama's billion dollars a long time to work in defining that candidate."