The Black Death or the Bubonic Plague, ravaged Europe in the 14th century. By some estimates in the year 1347 alone almost one third of the population of Europe died. The disease was so contagious that doctors and priests refused to visit the sick. Relatives abandoned their own marriage partners and children. Frequently those with the plague were left to die alone.
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.