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  1. DBWI: Nixon Covers Up Watergate

    In 1972, members of CREEP were caught breaking into the Watergate Hotel. Recognizing that the political fallout of a cover up would be worse than the break in itself, Nixon agreed to cooperate with legal authorities in the prosecution of the burglars. But what if Nixon had succumbed to paranoia...
  2. Chapman

    DBWI: RFK Dies in '68?

    As we all know, on June 5, 1968, then-Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was nearly assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, a pro-Palestinian activist, as he walked through the Ambassador Hotel's kitchen following his victory in the South Dakota and California primaries. On his way to...
  3. Would Humphrey Have Been Re-Elected in 1972?

    Had Hubert Humphrey been elected in 1968, would he have won a second term in 1972?
  4. Why Was Nixon Nominated in '68 Despite Losing in '60 and '62?

    After he lost the Presidency in 1960 and the California Governorship in 1962, most assumed that Richard Nixon's political career was over. But in 1968 he was renominated by the GOP and he defeated Vice-President Hubert Humphrey in November. After two ignominious defeats, it's hard to see why...
  5. AHC: Humphrey vs Nixon in 1960

    The POD is JFK experiences a health scare in 1959 that convinces him to sit out the 1960 election and instead wait for 1964. Without Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey wins the Democratic nomination and faces Vice-President Nixon in the general. Who wins the election?
  6. WI: President Reagan in the '70s

    The POD is Humphrey reveals Nixon sabotaged the Vietnam Peace Talks before the 1968 election. Humphrey wins in a surprise upset and becomes America's 37th President. Humphrey scores an early victory when he negotiates an end to the war in 1969, but the 1970 midterms and the fall of Saigon in...
  7. Would RFK Have Won the 1968 Democratic Nomination Had He Lived?

    Many assume that had he not been assassinated, RFK would've won the 1968 Democratic nomination and beaten Nixon in November. While there's no doubt Kennedy would've swept the primaries after winning California, and he probably would've beaten Nixon if nominated given how close Humphrey came in...
  8. DBWI: Nixon Loses to Pat Brown in 1962

    After losing the 1960 Presidential election, Nixon made a political comeback upon his close election as Governor of California in 1962. Nixon won the state by only .7%, and he very easily could have lost. What if Brown had defeated Nixon? Would Nixon still be able to run for President again? Or...
  9. DBWI: RFK Runs for President in 1968

    In 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was pressured to run for President by many anti-war liberals. Yet Kennedy chose not to enter the campaign, and instead endorsed Eugene McCarthy following the New Hampshire primary. What might've happened had RFK decided to run for President in 1968?
  10. AHC: Muskie vs Nixon in 1972

    In 1972, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination was Maine Senator Edmund Muskie. He was a popular choice, so popular that he beat Nixon in early opinion polls. Yet Nixon sabotaged his primary candidacy with the desired result of George McGovern becoming the party's nominee...
  11. DBWI: Nixon Beats Humphrey in 1968

    In 1968, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey scored a surprise upset victory over former Vice-President and 1960 Republican nominee Richard Nixon. Most scholarship has attributed the election result to Humphrey's decision to reveal that Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam Peace Talks for his own...
  12. 1968 US Presidential Election Without the Vietnam War

    The POD is the United States doesn't divide Indochina at Geneva in 1954, and free elections see a united Vietnam twenty-one years early. Back at home, US Presidential elections from 1956 to 1964 follow the same course and in 1968 LBJ is still President. Without the Vietnam War dividing the...
  13. Texas Two-Step: Nixon nominates Connally as VP in 1973

    It has been well documented over time how much Richard Milhous Nixon, the unloved, unhappy 37th President of the United States, admired John Connally. Admired? Nay, adored Connally. John Connally was everything Nixon was not, a brash, outspoken, smooth Texas cowboy with cojones that Nixon...
  14. Chapman

    WI: Kennedy/Jackson 1960?

    According to Wikipedia (a spotty source at best, but let's roll with it), Henry "Scoop" Jackson was the first choice of then-Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy for VP. Kennedy obviously chose Lyndon B. Johnson instead, out of a belief that a southerner was essential to winning the election...
  15. Gentleman Biaggi

    TLIAW: The World of Richard Nixon (Or; an Alternate 1972)
    Threadmarks: Chapter I

    Going into 1972, it seemed like no one could defeat Richard Nixon, as his he was wildly popular for opening up relations with China and a strong economy. However, many were still planning to challenge him. The most surprising thing was that Nixon had a major challenger in the Republican...
  16. Richard Nixon's Career if Dewey Defeats Truman

    Even before he became Eisenhower's VP, Richard Nixon was an extremely powerful and influential politician. As a Congressman he prosecuted Alger Hiss and proposed the notorious Mundt-Nixon Bill. Thomas Dewey's opposition to the bill helped him win the Republican primaries in 1948, but he...
  17. Bomster

    WI: McGovern '68?

    IOTL Allard Lowenstein, the leader of the "Dump Johnson" movement, spoke to several anti-war politicians in the fall of 1967 to convince one of them to run against President Johnson for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 1968. One of them was Senator George McGovern, who was recommended...
  18. Would Eisenhower Have Lost in '52 Had He Dumped Nixon?

    During the 1952 campaign, Nixon was accused of benefitting from a secret slush fund that allowed him to live beyond his means. Many in the press called on him to resign from the ticket, and about half of Eisenhower's aides agreed. Ultimately Eisenhower decided against this as he felt it would...
  19. Chapman

    WI: Nixon/Brooke 68?

    What if, during the 1968 election cycle, Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew's illegal activities became publicized enough to warrant his being dropped from the Republican ticket; and was then replaced by Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke? This is a highly unlikely scenario, admittedly, for a few...
  20. Nixon Retires From Politics in 1962 - For Good

    After he lost to Governor Pat Brown in 1962, Nixon gave a paranoid, spiteful, self-pitying speech to the press proclaiming they wouldn't have Nixon to "kick around anymore" and he retired from politics. That is, until JFK's assassination got the political wheels turning once again in Nixon's...
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