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The Unpopular Populist, Part II



The 1900 United States presidential election was the 29th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 6, 1900. Populist President William Jennings Bryan defeated his Republican challenger, Levi Morton. Bryan's victory made him the first president to win consecutive re-election since Ulysses S. Grant had accomplished the same feat in 1872, and the first elected Populist president.

Following the hotly contested Election of 1896, Bryan faced significant opposition inside and out of the Democratic Party. The push for bimetallism was successful, and silver-backed American currency began being circulated in the West. However, in 1898, Bryan's staunch anti-imperialist stance clashed with public and party interests after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor riled up the American people and the tirade of yellow journalism turned the public opinion in favor of war with Spain and intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. Republicans and conservative Democrats both pushed in favor of war, each seeking to weaken Bryan's political standing, and they succeeded. In April of 1898, President Bryan split with the Democratic Party, taking his populist movement with him to fuse with the People's Party and Silver Party, forming the new Populist Party. By that point, public opinion was so pro-war that it was impossible to put it off any longer, and reluctantly Bryan sent the United States to intervene in the Caribbean, as a result sending his popularity skyrocketing and fatally injuring the remnant Democrats, whose main draw differentiating them from the Populists--being pro-war--was made obsolete. By the time the United States won the war a few months later, Bryan and his policies had become wildly popular.

Though William Jennings Bryan was unanimously nominated at the 1900 Populist National Convention, the 1900 Republican National Convention was notoriously disputed. Out of a pool of no less than twelve candidates, two men stood out: former Vice President Levi Morton, who represented the status quo in the party, and Theodore Roosevelt, the wildly popular Governor of New York who characterized the growing progressive wing of the GOP. Morton wound up becoming the nominee, and some suggested a unified ticket with Roosevelt as vice president, though he profoundly refused. The dying Democratic Party also nominated its own candidate, Admiral George Dewey, who rose to fame for his outstanding victory at the Battle of Manila Bay.

Many predicted that, with the vote split between Populists and Democrats in the West and South, the Republicans would be able to pick up a victory. This would not be the case. While Democratic turnout was high enough to win close to 3% of the popular vote, they failed to win a single electoral vote, leaving the Solid South preserved in favor of William Jennings Bryan. Bryan picked up three more states than in 1896, and also won the popular vote, a sign from the American people that the realignment he had begun was the direction the country should be heading.
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Lots of posts about the 1912 election and Teddy Roosevelt. Soooo

A man of the People (but also filthy rich)
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Business magnate William Randolph Hearst surprised no one when he announced his run for the presidency in 1912. 8 years earlier he had pursued the democratic ticket, and now he did so again. Standing to the left of the Progressive Party, Hearst spoke boldly of workers rights and financial reform. His rethoric was popular with many and took the wind out of the sails of figures like Woodrow Wilson. Still, most expected the conservative Champ Clark to win the nomination. Most of the Democratic Party establishment was concerned with Hearst's policies being too radical. This all changed when William Jennings Bryan gave a speech condenming Clark as a puppet of Tammany Hall and endorsing Hearst as a man of the people. Hearst won the nomination and proceeded to pick Progressive Oscar Underwood from Alabama as his running mate.
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The division created by Theodore Roosevelt ensured a Democratic victory in 1912. Hearst saw his confortable win as a mandate of the people. He would waste little time pushing for progressive and some times radical social reform. Events abroad, however, would dominate national attention. The spark of World War I in 1914 led many in the United States to question the governments stance on isolationism. On this Hearst never budged. "Why should we fight for the British Empire? We have no quarrel with Kaiser Bill, we have no interest in this foreign war! Let this be the doom of Empires, American democracy stands in peace!" The slogan "A Vote for Hearst is a Vote for Peace" became quite popular.
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By painting Elihu Root as a conservartive warmonger Hearst secured a easy victory. The Populist rethoric of the president was seen as refreshing by many of his constituents, who saw it as refreshing. Others saw it as unpresidential.
By 1920 the economy was booming and Hearst made the unprecedented decision to push for a third term. This angered many of his own support within the party, including his vice-president. "It is inconceivable that any President might pursue more than two terms in office" proclaimed Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "It is an attack on our constitutional rights" exclaimed William Gibbs McAdoo, formerly one of the president's strongest supporters.
But even amidst a civil war within his party, Hearst remained extremely popular with the population, particularly the urban working class. The Republicans knew they had to find a popular figure to stand against him. The key was balancing a Progressive and a conservative in order to please the party as well as the population.

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The split within the Party and Roosevelt's popularity were enough to be Hearst's undoing. Roosevelt won his second election. Ironically, both figures shared much in common in regards to the reforms they wished to pass. The minimun wage, child labor laws, Anti-prohibitionism. Many historians have compared the two New York populist magnates.
As 1924 approached Roosevelt proclaimed he would not seek reelection. His expected successor, Vice-President Calvin Coolidge, found considerable opposition from progressive reformers within the Party. Roosevelt refused to endorse any candidate, and the division soon resulted in a split. "It's happening again!" more than one elector feared, as 1924 seemed to be following in the footsteps of 1912.
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Many have praised the McAdoo Era as a period of unmatched prosperity in the History if the country. Others, however, questioned his refusal to attack the Klan, his failed support for Prohibition and his connection to corruption scandals.
Nevertheless, when 1928 came around, reelection seemed like a done deal.
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And so it did. The prosperity was not bound to last, however, as the 1929 Stock Market Crash sent the Country into a Great Depression. McAdoo and the Progressives were blamed for it, as government spending was deemed to be at fault. The President and Vice-President Roosevelt both worked hard to alleviate it's effects, and many historians have praised their effort. But it was simply far from enough. When 1932 came around the country was in a terrible economic situation, and former Vice-President Calvin Coolidge returned from retirement to pursue the White House once again. He promised to cut government spending and allow the economy to be ressurrected by a free and independent market. This rethoric resonated with much of the population.
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Calvin Coolidge won in one of the greatest landslide victories in presidential history. Celebrations were cut short, however, when the President-elect died before innauguration day, leading to the assention of his VP Charles Custis.

At age 24, Burt Reynolds is likely too young to be considered. Also, Broccoli insisted Bond be British; despite the hiring of Australian George Lazenby and Americans John Gavin and James Brolin (the latter two both had their contracts bought out and were replaced by Sean Connery and Roger Moore respectively. )

But, Reynolds was considered by Broccoli's American partners after Connery left the role again.
This was one of the worst regrets in Burt Reynolds' life for not doing James Bond, on that side I never realized, since Reynolds doesn't have a British accent, but even if he couldn't have done Bond much better than Sean Connery did
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Calvin Coolidge won in one of the greatest landslide victories in presidential history. Celebrations were cut short, however, when the President-elect died before innauguration day, leading to the assention of his VP Charles Custis.

Uh, Olavops, shouldn't Calvin Coolidge and Charles Curtis' names be the one highlighted on the infobox and not FDR and John Nance Garner?
Inspired by the same thread that created Fascist Leader Tolkien
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Cosmic Horror
Cosmic Horror is a diverse subgenre of Horror. Its influence stretches around the world and is fairly popular with the Goth Subculture. Its subgenres can be divided like so.
Miskatonic - This is the most mainstream version of Cosmic Horror. Includes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, Stephen King, and Ronald Shusett. While this is the subgenre that inspired the subgenre, more recent authors like King and Shusett focus less on the racial and anti-immigrant tropes in the genre and focus more on the horror of the work, producing works like King's The Clown Out of Space (1985) and Shusett's work Extraterrestrial (1979). The largest fan group, Miskatonic University, often organizes events at conventions and meetups.
European - Cosmic Horror that originates from Europe. Includes the works of Adolph Hitler, Valery Yemelyanov, Konstantin Rodzaevsky, Jorge Luis Borges, Michel Houellebecq, and Collin Jordan. European Cosmic Horror tends to include the trappings of old European Fairytales and continental horror stories. European Cosmic Horror tends towards racism and antisemitism and later anti-Islamic sentiments. Most mainstream fans of Cosmic Horror either ignore the subgenre or cherry-pick the least racist among them. The outlier of the movement is Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentinian who later fled his home nation for Switzerland, who was a fierce fighter of Antisemitism in the genre. Sometimes his is included in the Miskatonic or Modern subgenres because they don't align well with the rest of the European Subgenre.
Dixien - This is Cosmic horror that makes the American South its setting. Includes the works of George L. Rockwell, D. Ernest Duke, and William Luther Pierce. The writing tends to be a blend of Southern Gothic, Miskatonic and European Cosmic Horror. Settings are often decaying plantations and empty fields. It is also notorious for the excessive amounts of anti-African American racism present in the texts. It's often nostalgic for the reign of the Confederate States over the South. George L. Rockwell and William Luther Pierce were both avid readers of the writings of Adolph Hitler and his work influenced theirs, alongside the Jim Crow South that they lived in. Similar to European Cosmic Horror, Dixien Cosmic Horror is outside of the mainstream, with maybe one or two novels by obscure authors being recommended. The Fan Groups of both Dixien and European Cosmic Horror founded the Knights of the Iron Cross, a reference to both a work by Adolph Hitler and George L. Rockwell.
Scientific - This form of Cosmic horror is almost completely the work of Dr. Jack Bright of the United States. Its influence has grown thanks to the collaborative interweb site The Foundation. Works in this genre tend towards a story telling format that is written as if from a scientist. It includes works like Dr. Bright's novel Secure, Contain, Protect (2008), the video game Control (2019), and the television show Warehouse 13 (2010).
Japanese - Cosmic Horror that originates from Japan. Unlike most other forms of cosmic horror, Japanese Cosmic Horror utilizes the medium of animation. While the genre has less overtly racist overtones, the works of Hajime Isayama tend to contain some anti-Korean and Anti-Chinese sentiments. Includes the works of Hajime Isayama and Junji Ito. Junji Ito's works are firmly in the mainstream and have been adapted multiple times into various mediums. Junji Ito's works might be seen as the face of cosmic horror, both in Japan and the United States.
Modern - Modern Cosmic Horror is an attempt to recontextualize the genre for the present day. While most of the work attempts to contextualize the horror for minorities instead of the White authors of original cosmic horror, the outlier is Andrew Hussie of the Problem Slueth franchise. Hussie frames the entire genre in the form of an absurdist video game that centers around the detective Problem Slueth, with later books following the Gusty Gumshoe instead. Includes the writings of J. H. Peele, Tlesla Adams, Matt Ruff, and Andrew Hussie
Inspired by the Tolkien dictator trend
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Man, Tolkien as a nationalist dictator has to be my favorite trend I've seen thus far. I'm not gonna lie, it kinda makes me want to use him as a political figure in my own timeline, since I plan on having Oswald Mosley be a political non-entity (long story short, his OTL plane crash cripples him instead of just leaving him with a limp).
Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He kept in extremely good health right up to almost the very end, except for a brief tango with polio in the first few terms of his presidency. Democratically elected to the presidency seven times in his first stint. When he retired after the 1952 election, handing over power to his Vice President George Wallace, he did so with no intention to return. In the meantime, he was elected the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, which he helped to found. However, in 1968, in the midst of the Democratic Primaries, which was expected to be a cinch for the incumbent President Williams, the President was assassinated. Vice President Ribicoff assumed the presidency, but had no intentions on running for re-election. Chaos ensued, and Secretary-General Roosevelt, now 86 years old, consented to allowing his name to be put forward at the convention for the Democratic nomination for President. He swiftly resigned as Secretary-General of the United Nations, and was nominated once more. Fred Harris was his running mate. Roosevelt won a landslide the likes of which hadn't been seen since he was last in office. He ran for re-election, aged 90, and was re-elected, once again, in a landslide. Without doubt, the most popular President in history, perhaps the most popular politician in history. Roosevelt made it clear during his last term that he would not run ever again for public office. Roosevelt was rather disappointed when, in 1976, Ronald Reagan, a Republican, was elected president, one of the most right wing presidents ever to be elected, and only the third Republican president elected since 1908. One last surprise, caught on camera during the President's last press conference while in office. The President's team, family and friends entered the room where he was surprised by a band. Of course, they had to play the song made famous by his 1932 re-election campaign, Happy Days are Here Again. He was visibly quite chuffed with the whole thing, and thanked everyone for the surprise. Soon afterwards, he would leave office. Roosevelt would die just over two years later in May 1979 at his favourite home. Roosevelt's funeral was the biggest in history, and practically every world leader attended. Friends and foes, allies and rivals alike, to pay tribute to the great man for one last time. President Reagan, as well as the only living ex-President at the time, President Ribicoff, would make speeches along with many others, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her Prime Minister Michael Foot, and the friends and family of President Roosevelt. There has, perhaps, been no one loved more in the world of politics than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, both the oldest elected president of the United States, as well as one of the youngest serving.
Cosmic Horror
Judging from the representative logo, I suppose Scientific subgenre / the Foundation is the mainstream hype in Cosmic Horror in this universe?

Also... David Duke, William Luther Pierce, and especially George Lincoln Rockwell as horror writers is low-key the scariest part in the snippet.