The Turn-To Scenarios

Could either party end up choosing a dropout for President?

Mario Cuomo vs. Howard Baker in the presidential finals? When one of Cuomo's advisers, after watching an impressive Baker performance on a talk show, mused about what might be called the "turn-to" factor, the Governor laughed it off. Conventional wisdom, well versed in the lessons of past wars, says that fantasies about brokered conventions or late-starting saviors are merely that, fantasies. Yet a few contrarians, surveying the fractured and vulnerable fields shaping up in both parties, believe a 1988 nomination may yet go to a heavyweight unsullied by the early combat. Says Eddie Mahe, a Republican consultant: "The rules and dynamics...

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