Convention Author:Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II "The Thirtieth Republican National Convention will now ballot for a candidate for President of the United States!" the chairman intoned. — And for the first time since the convention opened, the great Chicago auditorium fell silent. The bands were quiet now, as were the campaign songs, the impassioned oratory, the blasts fo approval or protest ... more »from the floor, the din of the well-organized "spontaneous demonstrations." The ballot was all that mattered now.
The previous weekend it had looked easy. Charles B. Manchester appeared to be the obvious choice of the party. Manchester, the respected Secretary of the Treasurey - "big, cheerful, smart, compassionate, a leader with the magnetisum that marked a winner" - was the odds-on favorite over the closest opposition, California's popular Governor Bryan Roberts. So at least it had seemed to Manchester's young press aide, Archie DuPage, relatively new to politics.
But, as the charming Grace Orcott, pro-Roberts National Committee woman from Texas, had observed to her daughter Kay: "Manchester has twice as many pledges. That doesn't mean he'll have twice as many votes five days from now. A lot can happen at a convention..."« less