COLUMBUS (TDB) -- Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland could get stuck in the middle of this big nasty. He's backing Hillary over Obama, and the New York senator is now threatening to wage a floor fight at the Democratic National Convention for Michigan and Florida delegates. Here's Hillary:
"I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens over the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll settle it at the convention -- that's what credentials committees are for. We cannot go forward until Florida and Michigan are taken care of, otherwise the eventual nominee will not have the legitimacy that I think will haunt us. I can imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run if we can't figure out how we can count the votes in Michigan and Florida."
The Washington Post has the story. A floor fight over seating delegates in Denver would make for riveting and dramatic political TV. Would there be a revolt against the DNC? Americans haven't witnessed a largely unscripted nominating convention since 1972, when George McGovern took the nomination in Miami Beach, and that was bland by comparison to what might be brewing. If Hillary and Obama square off, there would be backroom maneuvering, wheels, deals, strategy, arm twists, sneaky pete-ing espionage and kingmakers. Inquiring minds are wondering: Would it be Katrina for the Democratic Party's November chances?