In 1985 Dick Lamm wrote a book which follows this plot;
Now what if Lamm decides to do a Third Party bid on a “Progressive Conservative” platform. If he does it effectively he could cause Micheal Dukakis some trouble. And would be the effects on American politics afterwards.In 1985, while still in the governor's office, he tried his hand as a novelist. The resulting novel, 1988, was a story about a former Democratic governor of Texas running for U.S. President on a populist, third-party ticket, declaring himself a "progressive conservative." The main character bore a number of similarities to Lamm himself, in his stated political positions, his background as a Democratic governor, as well as presaging Lamm's own unsuccessful run for the Reform Party nomination in 1996. However, the main character in 1988 was also portrayed as a pawn of an international conspiracy to capture the White House.