This Spring, Myriam and I will celebrate 32 years of marriage. What a ride. Many of you have read my books and never known her work behind the scenes.
Born and raised in a village outside of Angers, France, she worked for a year in Toronto before beginning her work of transcribing hours of interviews with George H.W. Bush. Eventually, she transcribed interviews and recollections from five presidents. Ford, Reagan, Bush, (both father and son) and finally Donald Trump. None of the books would have been written without her help.
The effort to remake the Democrats nominating process was led by a charismatic southern governor named Chuck Robb. He had other allies, including Arkansas governor, Bill Clinton. Their idea was to get southern states moved up earlier in the nominating process. This, they thought, would empower Democratic black voters and more moderate Southern whites. Of course, the southern governors knew that it would empower them as well. Perhaps they would have their own aspirations.
If Chuck Robb failed to win the Democratic nomination for himself, his buddy, Bill Clinton did and the first African American president, Barack Obama, won two terms.
Lots of experts are saying that in 2020 the Democrats are headed toward a brokered convention. A brokered convention is when no one, single candidate arrives at the national convention with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. Each candidate will be forced to “broker” their delegates on each successive ballot until one gets a majority.
Doug Wead is a historian and New York Times bestselling author. He has served as an adviser to two American presidents, co-authored a book with one of them and served on senior staff at the White House.