The hulking financial and organizational apparatus of a major party is less invincible than it used to be.
In a watershed moment, Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to appear on a major party ticket.
And when BET Weekend came to Atlanta two months ago, Brinsley thought he could become a major party promoter.
Romney is likely to become the first Mormon to become a major party nominee for president.
Between 1952 and 2004, the major party Presidential tickets included at least one Southerner between them.
America's first female VP candidate on a major party ticket died today at 75.