Thoughts on the chapter?
I saw it as the only opportunity to get Cianci into the governorship and felt like it could happen at just the right moment. Plus it’s a good, little known moment outside of New England so it was a perfect plot point in addition to a plausible reason for Cianci to be viable in 1980.Garrahy was beloved for his handling of the Blizzard of ‘78. in hindsight it was a bit of a mess but he was present, active and all over media giving consistent updates despite being snowed in without a change of clothes. Dude couldn’t eat a meal in public for decades without people asking him if he still had the flannel shirt he wore on TV.
Thank you for the detailed response. I’ll look into your suggestions.Snip
Ain't that the truth - Rhode Island stuff in a nutshell. That and directing people based on where Almacs and Benny's used to be (and gods do I seriously miss the latter - I was too young to remember Almacs' closure, but Benny's was a big part of my childhood, as was Apex.)Having him out of town and paying the price for it was well done! Politicians here are judged by how they handle snow storms, hurricanes and disasters and silly things like ethics get consistently whitewashed.
I'm curious to see if Jackson ends up facing a strong primary challenger. I noticed that you said Gravel and McGovern have been speaking out against the interventions in Latin America - have most of the more liberal and/or anti-war Democrats in Congress followed their lead? What is Ted Kennedy up to in this TL?Any predictions for the 1980 presidential election or Europe?
You’ll have to wait and see.I'm curious to see if Jackson ends up facing a strong primary challenger.
Yes, most of the anti-war congressman and senators have criticized the interventions in Latin America as another bloody and unnecessary war. In the senate it’s certainly less prevalent and accepted to openly criticize the interventions as unjust and immoral with less progressive senators and most moderate Democrats criticizing it behind the scenes.I noticed that you said Gravel and McGovern have been speaking out against the interventions in Latin America - have most of the more liberal and/or anti-war Democrats in Congress followed their lead?
Kennedy is currently one of Jackson’s key allies in the senate. Kennedy doesn’t like his foreign policy but with labor unions backing Jackson in 1980 and Jackson getting into his good graces with his pro-New Deal economic policies Kennedy has decided not to run for president in 1980. Plus he can get his key proposals of an expanded welfare state and healthcare reform passed as Jackson agrees with him on those issues.What is Ted Kennedy up to in this TL?
The MEK at one point was a major force in pre-revolution Iran and without Ayatollah Khomeini it would be allowed to grow as the most charismatic leader of the Islamists is dead. Plus, Rajavi is an interesting character in himself and makes a great character in the increasingly chaotic world.Iran splitting between MEK and the Islamic Populists is under-utilised, as it’s often just ‘Iranian Communists, Islamists and SAVAK battle each other’.
Thank you! Glad that you're fascinated by both Iran and Cianci.An Iran dominated by Iranian Islamic Socialists and the slow raise of Buddy Cianci is fascinating to see.
Also a Mike Gavel Third Party ticket is very ‘70s Malaise Punk’ energy to it.