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  1. Mondale runs, not on deficit reduction, but instead on job creation in ‘84, closer election, ripples in future elections?

    Reality check: GDP was growing at 7.2% in 1984. https://countryeconomy.com/gdp/usa?year=1984 (GOP: "So you don't think our economy is growing enough, Mr. Mondale? Well, let's compare it with 1980, the last year of the Carter-Mondale administration..." Yes, there was the 1982 recession but...
  2. AHC: Democrats stay in their circa-1905 rut

    There is just no way TR can win as a Progressive in 1912. (As a Republican, if he got the nomination, maybe, but even then, the bitterness of the defeated Taftites would make it difficult.) Wilson, Clark, or any other plausible Democratic nominee would get the core Democratic vote, and that is...
  3. Soviet Union abandons communism in the 1990s

    Adam Ulam wrote in Understanding the Cold War: A Historian's Personal Reflections, "One must agree with the hapless [August] conspirators on one thing: there was no earthly chance that the proposed new constitution could hold the country together. It was at once vague and too specific, vague in...
  4. AHC: Democrats stay in their circa-1905 rut

    One possibility is for TR to be nominated for a "second elective term" in 1908. (My POD is that he doesn't repudiate that reasoning in 1904.) If he defeats Bryan even more soundly than Taft did in OTL, his coattails could prevent the slight gains Democrats made in Congress and the governorships...
  5. AHC: Democrats stay in their circa-1905 rut

    On the differences between the Democrats' weaknesses in the nineteen-aughts (which didn't start with Parker--there were few northern Democratic governors or senators in 1900-04) and the twenties, see David Sarasohn, The Party of Reform, pp. 234-5:
  6. AHC: Democrats stay in their circa-1905 rut

    The Nadir of the Democratic Party--Circa 1905? IMO, Democrats were much worse off then than during the 1920's--if you look beyond presidential elections. They were practically a southern-accent regional party, except for some strength in New York City. When the 60th Congress was elected in...
  7. AHC: Trade union leader on a national ticket (other than Ronald Reagan!)

    Apparently the first time a major US political party seriously considered putting a trade union leader on a national ticket was 1908, when many Democrats wanted John Mitchell, head of the United Mine Workers, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mitchell_(United_Mine_Workers) to be Bryan's running...
  8. How to get a white victory in the russian civil war

    An old post of mine about some of the problems the Whites faced (my apologies for links that may no longer work): *** One gets the impression from some people that the Reds were the underdogs in the Russian Civil War, that Trotsky must have been a military genius for leading them to victory...
  9. How to get a white victory in the russian civil war

    I once thought that Wrangel had a better plan than Denikin, but from a reading of Evan Mawdsley's The Russian Civil War I doubt he would have been any more successful: "As regards Denikin's strategy in the south, two distinct and partly contradictory criticisms have been made: first, that he...
  10. WI President Bryan in June 1914

    I don't see Bryan wanting or being offered the vice-presidency, but I do think it's conceivable he would be nominated for president if the Wilson-Clark deadlock proved unbreakable--and if nominated, he would easily win a three-way race. So far as preventing the War is concerned, neither he nor...
  11. Why was the 1912 presidential election so low-turnout and what difference did it make?

    Whenever people in this forum want to emphasize the supposedly accidental nature of Wilson's victory in 1912, they point out that he got fewer votes than Bryan did in 1908--6,296,284 to Bryan's 6,408,984 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1912_United_States_presidential_election...
  12. George McClellan wins the 1864 election

    IMO the notion that Lincoln would have lost if not for the fall of Atlanta is a myth, I had a post on this subject some years ago in soc.history.what-if (my apologies for any links that no longer work): *** Atlanta doesn't fall--Lincoln wins anyway? It is frequently assumed that if Atlanta...
  13. WI Northern states secede in 1860-1

    An old post of mine: *** I do not think that that northern disunionism should be totally written off. It was not merely a Garrisonian eccentricity; a considerable number of antislavery northerners did at least toy with it from time to time. (Louis Filler wrote decades ago in The Crusade...
  14. Is A Territorially Intact & Neutral Romania possible during WW2? Or just territorially intact after it?

    "With regard to Southeastern Europe attention is called by the Soviet side to its interest in Bessarabia. The German side declares; its complete political disinterestedness in these areas." https://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/addsepro.asp
  15. No Leningrad Affair?

    Voznesensky et al are likely to be anti-Malenkov, anti-Beria and pro-Khrushchev in post-Stalin politics.
  16. Mondale runs, not on deficit reduction, but instead on job creation in ‘84, closer election, ripples in future elections?

    The problem is that unemployment had dropped from 10.1 percent in June 1983 to 7.2 percent in November 1984. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/data/UNRATE.txt So if job creation were the big issue, people thought the Republicans were doing OK in that department (yes, unemployment over 7 percent is...
  17. WI/PC: The Soviet Union purged Jews in the mid 1920s-30s?

    In the 1920's and 1930's the CPSU simply couldn't do without Jewish cadres, even if Stalin were anti-Semitic. (That after World War II he became paranoid about Soviet Jews and their alleged American and Israeli connections is beyond dispute but evidence of his anti-Semitism earlier in his life...
  18. WI/PC: The Soviet Union purged Jews in the mid 1920s-30s?

    "There is a bulky output of literature alleging that Marx’s essay On the Jewish Question is anti-Semitic because it equates Jewry with the spirit of money-making, the merchant-huckster, preoccupation with self-interest and egoism-that is, with the commercialism of the new bourgeois order. The...
  19. Eisenhower nominates Orie Phillips instead of Earl Warren as Chief Justice

    On that alleged Eisenhower quote, it comes in various versions and its authenticity has been vigorously denied, especially by Herbert Brownell. Jean Edward Smith writes in Eisenhower in War and Peace, pp. 604-5: Another version of the quote has to do with Eisenhower calling Warren and...
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