There's Nobody Left to Broker Dems' Convention

Sure, it could be contested, Slate scribe says, but there's no trump card left to play
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 6:54 PM CDT
There's Nobody Left to Broker Dems' Convention
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

No matter how much young political journalists thirst for it, there will be no brokered Democratic Convention this year, argues Jeff Greenfield in Slate: There simply aren’t any brokers left to make a deal. You can forget about your Al Gore and your John Edwards: no Democratic leader is strong enough—and uncommitted superdelegates will be most interested in pleasing scattered constituencies.

"The idea that a cohort of these folks will unify calls to mind the difficulty of herding cats," Greenfield writes of the superdelegates. Truth is, there hasn’t been a brokered convention since Adlai Stevenson became the Dem nominee in 1952. But don’t be so quick to assume the '08 convention won’t be hijacked: It could be even bloodier because it lacks a referee. (More Barack Obama stories.)

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