Jul 6, 2018
In this episode we discuss the second half of Ace in the Hole
(Wild Cards Book 6). The authors that contributed to this book
- Walter John Williams
- Stephen Leigh (S. L. Farrell)
- Victor Milán
- Walton Simons
- Melinda M. Snodgrass
Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover
Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe.
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Congratulations to Matthew Elmslie on winning
the hardback copy of Knaves Over Queens!
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Odds and Ends
- We weren't being racist about Spain, I promise you. Until
recently, the Spanish age of consent was 13.
- Read Ben's suitcase lady story at
- Read Angel's sports bag spy story on Wikipedia.
- Learn more about that oddly devoted cellular network
- On listening back, Ben says that at some point in
this episode he says “Barnett would lose” when he meant “Barnett
would win.” Don’t @ us.
F Douglas Wall's
notes on the Democratic Convention
The event that Ace in the Hole centers on is the
Democratic National Convention, not the primary. The primaries are
elections held in the individual states during the first part of
the election year to determine how the states delegates will be
apportioned at the convention proper.
In order for the party to nominate a candidate,
they must have a majority of the delegates vote for them at the
convention. If they secure enough delegates in the primary process,
they are called the "presumptive" nominee.
Once the convention begins, the delegates, like
Jack Braun, participate in one or more rounds of voting. The first
round, the delegates must vote according to the primary vote in
their state. So if Hartman won the California primary, Jack is
obligated to vote for him in the first round.
But if Hartman (or any other candidate) can't get a
majority of the votes, the delegates vote again, this time for
whoever they want. Considering how many candidates are running (two
more than in our history) this is probably what happens in the
book. Multiple votes are held until one candidate gets 50% of the
delegates. This is where all the wheeling and dealing comes in. (In
our history, the last Democratic convention to have multiple rounds
of voting was in 1952 and Micheal Dukakis won the first round of
voting in 1988 with 70% of the delegate vote, Jesse Jackson coming
in second. Thank you, Wikipedia.)
The Democratic party also uses "super delegates"
who can vote however they want on the first round. This is
typically used by the party as a "thumb on the scale" giving a
stronger claim to establishment candidates or those seen as more
electable. They only amount to 15% of the delegates, so they're
best used to decide a close contest and don't have the power to
upset a strong favorite.
The convention is also used to determine the party "platform,"
a statement of values and goals for the party over the next four
years. Individual elements of the platform are called "planks,"
appropriately enough. So that's what the talk about the "Joker
rights plank" in the book was about.
[Thank you Doug! Listeners, do you like games? Doug has a
Wizard of Oz RPG
that you should probably check out.]