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
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – 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.