Our friends at NYMagazine and Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell Jr,Â a writer/producer for JWStraz’s favorite show (The West Wing, duh), have come together to bring us the glorious screenplay: Four Days in Denver.
The Democratic Party is closer than itâ€™s ever been to a political nightmareâ€”a deadlocked convention. Though the odds of its actually happening are still remote, the idea is so rich with dramatic possibility that we asked Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer, to play out a scenario in movie-treatment form. The premise is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton arrive in Denver, neither having sufficient delegates to gain the nomination nor a decisive majority in the popular vote. And so itâ€™s onâ€¦
A sampling of the drama:
Obama suite. Dean and the leadership are meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama.
Barack: But I have the lead in delegates, the lead inâ€”
Reid: We know. We just think a unity ticket is the only way we canâ€”
Michelle: Why should the guy in the lead take the VP slot?
Barack: Because you already asked Hillary to take VP and she said no?
Dean: We havenâ€™t exactly asked her that yet, but if we could tell her youâ€™re ready to accept the vice-presidential nominationâ€‰â€¦
Reid: Barack, if this goes to a second ballot, all hell could break loose.
Dean (pointing to Gore on Larry King): You know Goreâ€™s gonna make a move if we get to a second ballot. You really think you can hang on to all your delegates then?
Barack shoots a worried look at Gore on TV.
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