We’re catching up on Netflix and I have a question about the Season 6 finale (Democrat Party Convention where they have to keep voting to pick a nominee.)
At one point, after three days of voting with no candidate getting enough delegates, Leo reaches out to Matt Santos and asks him to withdraw so the delegates can focus on either Russell or late entry Baker, with Hoynes falling by the wayside. Leo talks about the good of the party and how his sacrifice will not be forgotten, wink wink nudge nudge, your time will come, my son.
Santos asks if he can address the convention again, and Leo agrees, I guess thinking Santos is going to make a concession speech.
To the shock of everyone (except maybe the viewing audience at home) Santos instead gives a speech about how he will not bow to the will of the party but instead wants the delegates to make their choice, rah rah. Of course, he wins the nomination.
Why wouldn’t Baker and Russell have screamed bloody murder and demanded the opportunity to address the convention again as well? I guess in the name of trying to fit everything into a 47 minute show they couldn’t address that, but they made a big point at the beginning of the episode with all the campaign managers getting into a pissing match over who speaks first and who gets the biggest trailer and everything.
Was it all or nothing for Santos at this point? If he hadn’t won the nomination, would he have been blackballed with the Democrats? Or did he trust in his charisma enough to know he could whip the crowd into a Santos-loving frenzy?