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  1. WI George W. Bush AND Jeb Bush win in 1994?

    I really wonder whether a Jeb! 2000 run would look the same as the W vs. McCain race we got iotl. W was buoyed in Iowa and South Carolina by his appeal to evangelicals. In large part this was due to the way he wore his born-again faith on his sleeve. His own story, that of the wayward Prince...
  2. Who could have been the Left's Reagan?

    Yeah, that's what I meant. Ford is the incumbent but Reagan is the GOP candidate in 1980. ITTL Reagan can't run against the incumbent the way he did with Carter because the incumbent is from his party AND the guy he endorsed in 1976.
  3. Who could have been the Left's Reagan?

    I imagine that - wait for it - Michael Dukakis could pull it off, given a change in circumstances. Let's say that Ford defeats Carter in 1976, narrowly winning the electoral college while losing the popular vote after avoiding any number of gaffes. Reagan's 1980 campaign is hamstringed because...
  4. WI: George W. Bush dies in February 2001

    It is an interesting question of what actually would change from the first GWB administration when many believe Cheney was at the height of his influence and was assumed to be the brains of the operation. At this point all of Bush's cabinet is in place and not likely to go anywhere, so...
  5. If Al Gore wins in 2000 and 2004, is Joe Lieberman or Hillary Clinton going to be 2008 Dem nominee?

    Hillary Clinton was in a much different/stronger position in 2015-16 than she would have been in 2007-08 in this scenario. By 2015 she had been the runner-up to Barack Obama in 2008 and then gone on to serve a relatively successful stint as his Secretary of State, even getting chatter in 2012...
  6. If Al Gore wins in 2000 and 2004, is Joe Lieberman or Hillary Clinton going to be 2008 Dem nominee?

    Assuming the Gore administration isn't a total disaster, Lieberman's reputation by 2008 will be a lot better than it was IOTL. By clinging tightly to one or two of Gore's more-popular progressive positions he'll probably be able to stave off a serious challenge from the left (which wouldn't be...
  7. WI: A Kerry/McCain Unity Ticket in 2004

    I don't know that I'd trust the polling on a hypothetical Kerry/McCain ticket to hold out once the ticket becomes a reality. My guess is that Kerry bringing McCain on as his running mate ends up causing him a lot more headaches than the benefits the Arizonan would bestow - possibly a reason he...
  8. Likely McCain VP Choices in 2000

    I think that McCain is going to have to pick a running mate who speaks to evangelicals - especially if he still makes his "agents of intolerance" remark. There are a lot of options in that category in the 2000s GOP, but the one that sticks out to me is Rick Santorum. Even though he seems like a...
  9. List of Alternate Presidents and PMs II

    Thought I'd try reversing and then rearranging some of the popular tropes of the presidents (but not the presidents themselves, necessarily) from Carter through the present day. 1977 - 1985: Gov. Jimmy Carter (D-GA), A Folksy Southern Governor Who Won Reelection Despite Foreign Policy Failures...
  10. List of Alternate Presidents and PMs II

    Since we're doing the "Presidents from the same state" game again, I thought I'd re-up my butterfly-slaughtering list from the last thread that supposes the Crossroads of America becomes the nexus of political power and presidential ambition. Without further ado, I present... Hoosier Daddy – As...
  11. 2004 GOP Primaries if Gore Had Beaten Bush

    I don't known that Bush would run again unless there was a huge demand for a rematch in the GOP ranks. McCain is probably the GOP frontrunner like in 2008, but he has all the same weaknesses he did iotl. Same goes for Giuliani. Elizabeth Dole is likely to try her hand again, or Kay Bailey...
  12. WI: Ford Doesn't Run in '76

    I think you'd end up seeing a lot of the same faces from the 1980 primaries running 4 years earlier. Aside from Reagan, John Connally probably gets into the race, as do Baker, Anderson, and Crane. Kemp and Rockefeller probably round out the list. I don't see Bush giving up CIA to run for...
  13. How Could Mitt Romney Have Won in 2012?

    I know you've already started writing your tl, but if you're looking for inspiration for a cabinet I wrote this list a couple years ago that covered my thoughts on the subject pretty in depth.
  14. WI: Bush 43 dies?

    The Bush/Kerry townhall debate sketch was one of the funniest things Myers ever did on SNL. I'll never forget him as John Kerry droning about his military decorations "A bronze star, a silver star, and three. purple. hearts." Back in topic: If the order of presidents is Bush, Clinton, Bush...
  15. Obama with a House Stint

    How would he vote in regard to the Iraq War, I wonder? IOTL he was against the war, but he had the advantage of not being in Congress at the time. That was a huge advantage for him in 2008 over Hillary, who had voted for the war. If his stance changes, he might not even make it to the party...
  16. Who other than Palin?

    Huckabee would my go-to not Palin choice in the event that McCain's campaign realized that they probably wouldn't win women voters that year anyhow.
  17. People who could have been good US presidents.

    Reubin Askew is a good choice. New South Governor with a record of accomplishments longer than Carter's. He was an effective administrator who understood how to wield the power of the executive to get things done. His lack of charisma and moderate positions sank most of his presidential...
  18. 1972 election if Humphrey wins in 68

    Back in 2016, I posted this response to a similar question.
  19. WI: Jeb Bush Running for President in 2008 or 2012?

    I have issues with all of those names. For various reasons. The big reason is that not one of them is going to speak to the base of the party that Bush needs to turn out. Romney/Ryan made sense on paper because of Ryan's association with extreme conservative positions on economics and...
  20. AHC: Paleoconservative US President (1988 to 2008)

    If Pat Buchanan manages to win the GOP nomination in 1996 (say Forbes doesn't win), I think he has a real shot at beating Clinton by siphoning off Perot voters and disaffected Democrats over the NAFTA issue. Obviously he has his many liabilities, but I'd put his odds at winning in the 90's (when...
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