WI: TR lives to a ripe old age

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Hollis Hurlbut, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Hollis Hurlbut Nattering Nabob

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    Suppose he lives to 1955. What is the difference for American politics?
     
  2. Well Well-Known Member

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    Well, the first thing is if his health holds, he probably stands for, and wins, the Republican nomination in 1920, which means he's almost certainly elected president (again) that year.
     
  3. Spelf (R-NY)

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    This was what I was going to say. We came tantalizingly close to Roosevelt vs. Roosevelt.
     
  4. JVM Gone Fishin'

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    It feels strange to imagine a world with a pre-WWII President surviving into the fifties, considering Hoover and FDR were basically it for almost the entirety of FDR's term.
     
  5. Spelf (R-NY)

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    It's interesting to see what TR would have had to say/do during WW2, if his Presidency doesn't butterfly it, that is.
     
  6. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    Is there a way Winston and Teddy wouldn't hit it off?
     
  7. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    I think Hoover lived well into the 1960s or so, into his nineties.

    Hoover the FBI director, even longer. :cool:
     
  8. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    In a gilded conference room, somewhere in Europe, TR enters.

    He stands and looks down at the Nazi Adolf Hitler. Hitler has pointedly remained seated, and is looking at TR unblinkingly, defiantly.

    TR looks at Hitler for another moment, and then shakes his head. He sighs and murmurs to himself, "There's just nothing for it. Absolutely nothing."

    Roosevelt then draws out a not insubstantial revolver, aims it at the Nazi's head, and then blasts Hitler clear out of his chair.

    Roosevelt is pensive as he holsters his gun.

    He looks up at the rest of those in the room, and tells them, "We'll reconvene in the morning."

    TR then strides out.
     
  9. modelcitizen note2self, no ranting ninjas

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    Winston, warming a glass of sherry in his hands, beams at a portrait of his mother.

    "Mum," he said. "I've got something smashing to tell you. I've found him! I have found my long-lost brother, the one you didn't tell me about!"
     
  10. Paul V McNutt Paul V McNutt Banned

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    With a conservative Congress and public the Second Roosevelt administration is not a time of progressive reform. Instead there is tax and spending cuts and balanced budget. There is also high tariffs. TR sort of honors the two term tradition and does not run in 1928. The economy collapses and President Hoover gets the blame. The Second President Roosevelt takes office in 1933.
     
  11. Spelf (R-NY)

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    I have to wonder - does this create a new tradition, where Presidents can serve as many terms as they want but are capped at two consecutive?

    ...perhaps a radically different 22nd Amendment stating such?
     
  12. Pericles Well-Known Member

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    Like Russia:D
     
  13. Fenrir_Angerboda Guitar Dad Dads you

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    How would his Mental health be?
     
  14. Japhy Second Best Poster on the Site

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    Rather easily. They didn't get along in reality as it is. Just maintain that status quo.
     
  15. Midnight-Blue766 Gentlecolt and bard

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    I would recommend his son not dying in World War I as a good POD.
     
  16. Spelf (R-NY)

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    He might be elected Pres somewhere down the line - son of a popular multiterm President and a war hero.
     
  17. Will Kürlich Kerl Banned

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    His Presidency will butterfly WW2. Without Coolidge and Harding, the government will continue to regulate businesses, so we might be able to stop the Great Depression before it starts. This goes the same for any Progressive president. It would be hard, because of a conservative Congress, but it should be doable. No Great Depression == No Hitler rise to power.

    One other thought, How will Roosevelt react to Prohibition and the KKK?
     
  18. Paul V McNutt Paul V McNutt Banned

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    That and he does not go to Brazil.