And now I realized that we have reached post #500. Thank you all folks!!!!I have to compliment you for a fair analysis, Alessandro.
Pius IX was the only figure which would be acceptable to the Delegates without opposition or too many second thoughts. The Presidency, as offered by Ferdinando/Cavour has some strings attached, though: the "Principals", which may not be the easiest pill to swallow for a man like Mastai Ferretti. We'll have to wait a bit to see how the chips fall, and anyway there may be some resistance even at the Convention (Cattaneo, just to make a name, was not exactly a fan boy of the Pope). Obviously the Conservative Faction in the Curia will not be enthused by this offer: the worried expression of Monsignor Coboldi Bussi is quite a give away.
Much as the idea of Maria Cristina as President of the Confederation appeals to me, there are paths where not even I dare to thread
You are right, though, in complimenting Cavour for his speech: I believe he covered all possible angles in a very smooth and effective way, although I am not sure if I am the best judge of that