This election cycle has the makings of a dream scenario for political junkies (like many of the inhabitants of this website). The possibility remains a long shot, especially for the Democrats, who have a strong front-runner in the form of Hillary Clinton (her recent problems aside), but does seem possible that it could occur on the GOP side.

There is some chatter in the blogging world that the outside chance of a brokered convention may exist, while most dismiss the odds as long at best.

I am one that salivates over a potential brokered convention and the political intrigue that accompanies it. The last time we saw anything remotely like this was in the race for the 1976 Republican nomination.

The race was unresolved entering the Republican National Convention, with Ford in the lead, but short of the required number of delegates. Reagan, in an attempt to woo moderates to his strong conservative base, indicated he would choose liberal Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania as his running mate if nominated. The move backfired, as moderates did not move to Reagan and enough conservatives were upset with Reagan to give Ford the nomination.

How can it happen in 2008?

Mitt Romney fails to romp through the early states and each of the top candidates takes one of the first three or four contests would lead up to a Tsunami Tuesday that not only has no clear cut favorite, but also could have just about all of the top tier candidates still in the race.

On Tsunami Tuesday, Fred Thompson takes Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Colorado. Romney takes Utah and shows up strong in New York and California. Giuliani takes California, New York and Illinois. Huckabee wins his native Arkansas and shows strength in the South. McCain wins Arizona and picks up a surprise win in a place like Minnesota.

No one has momentum and few are looking to drop out. Hello brokered convention.

Sure, it’s extremely unlikely… but it would sure make for some fun TV.

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