American politics contains elements of drama, sport, and sorcery. All of these characteristics are evident to a high degree in the culmination of the Presidential nominating process, the national party convention. There, the selection of a potential President is the main order of business and the focus of public interest. In making this decision, the convention delegates consider the performance and person of the various aspirants, decide on issues of party policy involved in the nomination and react to the opposing tactics of the candidates.
"Who is the man fittest to be adopted as candidate?" This question has been asked by convention delegates before and since the time of James Bryce. In general, the answer is the same one he suggested: "Plainly, it is the man most