Tanya Melich was at the last GOP convention in 1952, which pitted General Dwight D. Eisenhower against Ohio Senator Robert Taft. Eisenhower had more delegates but not enough to secure the nomination on the first ballot. The battle ensued, temperatures rose, and the floor of the convention became a very scary place to be. But ultimately calm overcame the clash of passion, and Eisenhower was elected the nominee of the party. Taft and Eisenhower were politicians and pros, not carnival barkers. Who participates in the political arena matters greatly.