WI: Strasser seize control of the NSDAP
Not sure if this has ever been suggested (It probably has), but I'm curious on how the events that might occur afterward if this happened. I'll list out my version of events (or a bit of my own timeline), and you can either correct mine (I'm an amateur historian at best), or arrange your own timelines and differences.
Let's say that hypothetically, Hitler was another of the fatalities that occurred during the Beer Hall Putsch thanks to a more accurate shot by a lucky police officer, and Goring dies thanks to his injury and subsequent illness a few weeks later while during his term in Landsberg Prison (he wasn't as lucky in getting out of the country, and his pnuemonia and injury was worrse). Hess is effectively gone without his idol, and the Nazi Party lost their leader, and their ties to the businesses and conservative wings.
Gregor Strasser meanwhile gets out of Landsberg after a few weeks thanks to winning his election in the landtag of Bavaria under another party (the Deutschvölkische Freiheitspartei). He begins to rally for a revival of the NSDAP in Bavaria as well as elsewhere, and gets it. Despite this though, the NSDAP in the south falls apart thanks to a lack of leadership to Hitler's death.
With aid from his brother Otto's newspapers, and Goebbel's ability with rhetoric and propaganda, he manages to keep the party together well enough under his leadership, although quite a few far-right members leave anyway for the DNVP. He steers away from antisemitism as a major platform, focusing more on being anti-capitalistic, anti-Stalin, and socialist with Nationalism tendencies.
The new more leftist NSDAP does somewhat better than they do IOTL thanks to the more conservative members of the NSDAP not having a counterpoint to Strasser's political machine or leaving for the DNVP or Zentrum. They lose the support of much of the high-ranking middle class and the industrialists, while gaining more of the working class and farmers, cutting into the SDP and KDP's traditional markets. The base of support swings more north than south. They usually trail behind the KPD and SDP for the most part though. The depression hits Germany about as hard as it did IOTL, and the NSDAP springs into the elections strong.
They cut far further into the SDP and KDP, and snag some votes in the middle class as well. The NSDAP win dominance in the 1930 election, barely edging out the SDP and a weakened KDP in votes. This horrifies Hindenburg and Bruning, who consider Strasser the worst of both sides of the political spectrum, and they do their best to limit his party's dominance in the political elections.
Bruning knew that Hindenburg was the key to beating Strasser in '32, but at the same time was well aware that he would most likely die soon after any reelection. His best idea would be to install the Hohenzollern dynasty again in the form of a constitutional monarchy.
Meanwhile through all this planning, his policies only further ruin the German economy, the disenfranchised siding their lot with both Strasser or Thalmann. The Monarchy plan Buning planned for practically fell apart thanks to both the KDP, SDP, and NSDAP refusing the idea (thanks to Hindenburg's insistence of Wilhelm II being reinstated). However, despite the gains made by Strasser and a warming of relations to the KDP (who begin to diverge to adapt to anti-soviet sentiments) to oust Hindenburg from office in a collective Popular Front, Hindenburg barely was re-elected, as the KDP was confused between obeying Moscow, and forging their own path.
This leads to Bruning being replaced by Von Papen for this failure, who in turn foolishly demanded a reelection after wooing the right for support. Ironically it allows the KDP and NSDAP to eat away at the SDP even more, giving the two parties a bigger platform. Hindenburg is forced to turn to Kurt von Schleicher for a cross party front.
Schleicher couldn't deliver his promise though. Even combined, the other parties couldn't hold a majority to take the Reichstag. It was made worse by the KDP, who finally began to disobey Moscow's protocols to make sure the revolution would come, even if it meant it had to work with the NSDAP. The combined front fully had the support of their voters, and had a majority in the Reichstag, preventing any form of progress.
Hindenburg by this time is severely ill with the strain of dealing with these issues and combined with his age and the onset of lung cancer, his health was plummeting. He died on February 25th, 1933, in his office of the aforementioned disease. As the nation mourned for his loss, Schleicher planned his attempt to wipe out the NSDAP and KDP.
Schleicher now had the power of the president, and officially banned the KDP only two weeks later. The reason for this was thanks to a fire caused by deranged Dutch Communist Marinus van der Lubbe, set the Reichstag on fire to protest the betrayal of the KDP to work with fascists only two days after Hindenburg's death.
Strasser acted upon this, demanding the KDP be reinstated as a party, as his newspapers and Goebbels's radio chats blared out that Democracy died with Hindenburg, and they might as well start the coronation of "King" Kurt. Schliecher attempted to crackdown on the NSDAP, but little did he realize the consequences of what he did.
The response of the crackdown crystallized civilian opposition to Schleicher for his attempt to destroy the political landscape of Germany for his own whims. He expected the conservative army to stand by him, but refused to take into the account that the army was ambivalent at best with him, seeing him as too ready to stab them in the back. If it meant that a "pseudo-socialist' was to rise up, they were fine with it.
Because of this, a fairly bloodless revolution happened and after not even a month, Kurt Schliecher was executed along with his agents. Germany freely elected Georg Strasser as President, with Ernst Thalmann, as the second largest party was picked by Strasser as Chancellor when the Reichstag once again was dissolved for another election. Weimar's Republic died with Hindenburg, and a new revolution began.
Note: My biggest issue for me was the KDP's swing of independence from Moscow. I know historically the Strassers were more warm to communism than Hitler, but they still rode on the anti-communism train. To counteract that, I went with Thalmann retooling his party slightly, to break ties with the soviets. I know it's a bit of a hand wave, but I couldn't think of a good candidate to lead a strong moderate communist movement (Think Trotskyist, or Maoist).
I know having Thalmann as Chancellor is wacky, but seeing as the KDP and NSDAP are working on a similar goal, a bit of pandering to keep the parties tied I think would be necessary to prevent more infighting.
I know I only got into the point where Strasser got the into office, but I'll get into the other events later.
If you liked it, well, thanks. I tried fairly hard to make this somewhat plausible, but I'm aware of my inexperience towards this branch of history.
You have anything to point out, do so. I know I'm no expert, and it'd be nice to be proven that something wouldn't happen that way, or anything else I should go through.
Also, feel free to write up your own time line. It'd be nice to see how someone else would go with this.