With the revelation that Hillary Clinton stored above top secret documents on her unsecured email server, the question being discussed on the news talk shows is not whether she will be indicted but when. Two scenarios have arisen concerning a possible Clinton indictment under the Espionage Act and perhaps other, related charges.

The first scenario has Clinton being indicted before she locks up the nomination. She is forced to withdraw from the race and then one of two things happen. Either the Democrats throw in the towel and accept the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, is going to blow the 2016 election in a landslide or someone else jumps in at the last minute.


Vice President Joe Biden is the person who is most often mentioned, but Gov. Jerry Brown of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass have also been floated as possibilities.

The second scenario has the indictments being handed down after Hillary Clinton locks down the nomination, presuming that she can fend off the stiff challenge from Sanders. Then, the theory goes, she is forced to withdraw from the race and release her delegates to vote for whom they wish. That hypothetical development means that the Democratic National Convention will be brokered.

A brokered convention has not occurred in American politics in a couple of generations. It happens when no one candidate has garnered enough delegates to ensure the nomination. Then, the various candidates and party bosses withdraw to their smoke-filled rooms and the deal making begins.

The brokered convention scenario is a political reporter’s dream and a party partisan’s nightmare. With modern communications technology and a 24-hour news cycle, the full Game of Thrones ugliness will be displayed for the entire world to see.


Whoever is finally selected by the boys and gals in the back room (which will not be smoke filled, at least with tobacco) will be tainted with the label of having been selected and not elected. That person will not be Bernie Sanders, who at that point might be motivated to go third party, sore loser laws or not.