Pundits have been holding out hope for a brokered convention in 2016 … as they do in every cycle, because what could be more fun for commentators? The potential certainly exists for Republicans, where five candidates still have significant draw among the electorate and may last well into the campaign cycle. If the GOP quickly narrows its primary contests to a two-man race, some feel they might be able to avoid it. Two-candidate races don’t usually end up with neither candidate getting enough delegates to win outright on the first convention ballot.
Not so fast, says Harry Reid. He thinks it would be fun to have a floor fight in 2016 among Democrats — and that the possibility exists for one:
In an interview with CNN, Reid said that the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shows no signs of dying down, even as the former secretary of state had hoped the upcoming Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary would be her launching pad to the Democratic nomination.
“These races go on for a long long time,” Reid said. When asked if that included a brokered convention, he responded “Sure, seriously some of the old conventions produced some good people.”
Reid also said, “It would be kind of fun.”
You know who would have the most fun? The woman who’d be in charge of running it, right? Er … not exactly. Debbie Wasserman Schultz doesn’t exude much enthusiasm when Jake Tapper broached the topic:
No, it wouldn’t. If it takes a convention floor fight to pick the Democrats’ nominee, it will mean that at least one of the two current candidates had to bail out … and we know which one that would be, don’t we? And a floor fight would come because the party establishment had to push out Sanders, which would be a Chicago 1968-esque meltdown.
Wasserman Schultz also offered a strikingly bad answer on superdelegates, but Jazz will have more on that tomorrow.