New Deal Coalition Retained III: A New World

So is this all going to lead up to a sitting (or impeached) president being put on trial for being a serial killer, followed by a massive backlash against his policies?
Or maybe a series of Enron like bankrupcy that will leave millions of americans without savings crippling the entire GOP and causing riots, violence and povetry in all the continent
 
Supreme Court
One of the first major decisions of the Bundy Administration concerned the nation's highest court. A vacancy had been in the making since the selection of James Meredith as Bundy's vice presidential nominee, leading to his resigning from the Court. Lee Iacocca, as per his presidential prerogative, had nominated Fifth Circuit judge Fortunato Benavides to the open seat, but Republican Judiciary Committee chairman Pete DuPont refused to hold a hearing. In what would be known as the DuPont Rule, no Supreme Court nomination was to be considered in a presidential election year while all lower court nominations would be put on hold after Labor Day of the same years. Benavides' nomination would expire with the end of Iaccoca's Presidency, leaving Ted Bundy with the open seat.

Bundy's political team of Chief of Staff Bob Dornan, White House Counsel Linda Smith, Attorney General Thomas, Chairman DuPont, and the Vice President had a tough task ahead. With the Arab-American Justice Burkett having replaced Justice Marshall, the seat held by Meredith was largely considered the "Black Seat." Black voters had come out in droves for the Republicans in the 1996 election, and Bundy knew that any attempt at Triangulation First was dead in the water if he lost that particular base. The list of black candidates was long considering both Reagan and Rumsfeld made it a priority to expand the list of federal judges occupied by African-Americans, but Thomas would inform the President that there was a schism in the GOP black establishment over one particular decision from 1995 - Jackson v. Harvard Law School. In an opinion by Justice Meredith and joined by Justices Baxley, Schlafly, Garza, Lungren, and Chief Justice Bork (Kennedy, Thompson, and Burkett would dissent, while Dershowitz and Biden would concurr/dissent), the court ruled that state based affirmative action was unconstitutional unless done temporarily to redress "immediate discriminatory conduct." The ruling was a landmark and hailed by many, but it divided the black community. The Thomas wing was supportive while the Lewis wing was opposed, meaning that Bundy was stuck trying to find someone that would appease both.


It was Meredith himself that ended up tipping the decision for Bundy. As Rumsfeld had smoothed over partisan concerns by looking towards a state-level jurist following the 1986 midterms, the President would do the same here. In a WH ceremony on February 17, 1997, Bundy announced that Texas Supreme Court Justice Alphonso Jackson (appointed in 1984 by then-Governor Scalia) as his nominee for Meredith's seat. A former DoJ lawyer during the Reagan era and counsel to Governor Scalia, Jackson had a distinguished career on Texas' highest court - the first black justice on the court - and was known as a consensus builder well liked by Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives alike. The black community united behind Jackson, and tripartisan acclaim arrived at Bundy's choice. In a New York Times editorial, the editors praised the President for making a "unifying choice" as opposed to the divisiveness of the election. After a short and uncontroversial confirmation hearing, Jackson was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on May 11, 1997.


Supreme Court as of 1997:

Chief Justice Robert Bork (Reagan Appointee); conservative
Justice Robert F. Kennedy (Wallace Appointee); liberal
Justice Bill Baxley (Wallace Appointee); moderate
Justice Phyllis Schlafly (Reagan Appointee); conservative
Justice Emilio Garza (Rumsfeld Appointee); conservative
Justice Dan Lungren (Rumsfeld Appointee); conservative

Justice James Thompson (Rumsfeld Appointee); liberal
Justice Rosmary Barkett (Iaccoca Appointee); liberal
Justice Alan Dershowitz (Iaccoca Appointee); liberal

Justice Joe Biden (Iaccoca Appointee); moderate
Justice Alphonso Jackson (Bundy Appointee); moderate
 
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Or maybe a series of Enron like bankrupcy that will leave millions of americans without savings crippling the entire GOP and causing riots, violence and povetry in all the continent
With the trial of President Bundy for obstructing the justice, which was lead by a series of grotesque murders directly towards the President, before, I hope. Worst possible alternate Watergate.
 
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With the trial of President Bundy for obstructing the justice, which were lead by a series of grotesque murders directly towards the President, before, I hope. Worst possible alternate Watergate.
I feel like when Bundy's crimes are revealed, it'll probably destroy the Republican party far worse than Watergate did OTL.
 
I feel like when Bundy's crimes are revealed, it'll probably destroy the Republican party far worse than Watergate did OTL.
So waiting two elections before sweeping into power and basically getting a stranglehold on the presidency for the next 30 years and near constant control of the house?
 
So waiting two elections before sweeping into power and basically getting a stranglehold on the presidency for the next 30 years and near constant control of the house?
As is the nature of any analogy, it doesn't work other than as a surface level comparison. I mean this would actually destroy them.
 
As is the nature of any analogy, it doesn't work other than as a surface level comparison. I mean this would actually destroy them.
I doubt it actually will. More then just Republican's would've been hoodwinked and once it becomes apparent that Bundy really did do it they'll drop him faster then hot lava.
 
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Foreign Policy Prelude: Landmines

[A/N: Not the whole update, but an snapshot leading up to it]

Before anything else in foreign policy, Bundy committed to the destruction of the US landmine arsenal, having witnessed their long-term effects on a short trip abroad to the ex-Warsaw Pact states during his Governorship where children continued to be mauled by undetonated mines laid in WW3. Bundy had apparently been personally moved, to the surprise of many. The Progressives had added a plank to their platform per Tuttle’s request, calling for a ban on landmines, which put political pressure on the major parties. Generally, WW3 had left scars across the globes as they continued to mar the globe and the “landmine crisis” had captured the minds of many humanitarians.



President Bundy looking uncomfortable in an interview discussing landmines


Iacocca had attempted to pass an international ban on the use, sale, and transport of landmines in the UN in the last months of his administration, but was blocked by his health from pursuing it more vigorously. His last hurrah had instead been dedicated towards his Moon Base ambition, which Bundy pledged he would continue funding. (Indeed, he slightly increased funding for NASA under his administration). Bundy, attempting to appeal to dovish Progressives, took the lead and put forward a bill to preemptively destroy the US arsenal of landmines, a move that was supported by many other nation states, including Canada, Laos, and Cambodia in particular, but was opposed by America’s European NATO allies, still wary of a hyperdominant America, powerful India and China, and other rogue states. This reluctance infuriated many Americans.




A March in Support of the Landmine Ban

In the USA, Communonaitonalists were furious, but a bevy of support from the Progressive Left pushed this bill through Congress. Mark Hatfield, ever the dove, was the main Republican sponsor and Bundy’s key ally. Bundy, who had made enemies with his privatization policies, seemed to have “turned a new leaf”. Importantly, he had made inroads with western libertarian Progressives who had carried him over the top in 1996. He wanted these voters to return to their Republican roots. Bundy would also campaign for destroying the US chemical weapons stock, but had to accept a 70% reduction in the arsenal instead of an outright ban, due to opposition from relatively hawkish Republicans lead by Jon Danforth that felt that the weapons had been "normalized" in WWIII.

Slowly, the anti landmine campaign would grow worldwide. Internationally, the decline in land mine use was a godsend to many children and a move forward for human rights as nation after nation slowly banned the weapons until they were finally banned globally (though still used by some terrorist groups) in 2008.



Landmines entered the popular consciousness, and many charity groups worked to help deal with the issue globally, even as Americans looked with caution to foreign adventures.

[A/N: OTL landmines were banned internationally in 1999, the US continues to refuse to sign the treaty, even after Obama looked to ratify it, in part because of our defenses along the Korean Peninsula which employ the weapons. Also, thoughts?]
 
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Before anything else in foreign policy, Bundy committed to the destruction of the US landmine arsenal, having witnessed their long-time effects on a short trip abroad to the ex-Warsaw Pact states during his Governorship where children continued to be mauled by undetonated mines laid in WW3. \
Well then
 
Italian general election of 1992 [Written by @LouisTheGreyFox]


During the Third World War, the nation of Italy suffered heavy amounts of damage made by the Soviets during the invasion and occupation of Northern Italy. The region was very industrial and richer than the rest of the country before the war. (WIP)


After World War III, Italy just like the other nations in Europe went through a great change in their political system. With the negative image of communism the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), would end up changing its name to I democratici della Sinistra (translated to “Democrats of the Left” (DS)) in order to abandon its relations with communism. The old Italian Socialist Party (PSI) would see itself losing in popularity as many Italians in the region of Northern Italy felt they were left behind especially when the Soviets occupied them during the war. Already many long time members of the party began to fear that it was the final days for the party’s existence.


What many however didn’t see coming was the birth of the Lega Nord (Northern League) which was rising in significant numbers in the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This was mainly due to the damage done by the Soviet occupiers during the war.


For the Democrats of the Left they knew that if something wasn’t done in time to combat the Northern League then things would be looking ugly by the time the Italian general election of 1992 would come around. Meanwhile things weren’t looking well for the Italian Socialist Party

as member Mario Chiesa was arrested for accepting a bribe from a cleaning firm in Milan on February 12th of 1992. This ended up resulting in much of the party distancing themselves from Chiesa. Bettino Craxi another member of the PSI would call Chiesa a mariuolo, or a “villain” of the party. Being upset over this treatment by his former colleagues he then began exposing information about corruption which impliciated his colleagues as a result.


As for the Northern League, they began to become influenced by Freyism. The League show great resentment against Rome’s centralism (with the famous slogan Roma: Una traditrice e un Ladro, which means “Rome: Traitor and Thief” in English) and the Italian government as well. Many in Northern Italy had already felt betrayed by the government as they felt ignored during World War III along with them being under Soviet occupation. And with great damage done in the region many Italians felt left behind as many of their factories were destroyed by them leaving many people unemployed after the war. And to add insult to injury, the northerners felt that the government in Rome wasted resources collected mostly from northerners’ taxes.



Many Northern Italians were still impoverished from the war.


During the 1992 election, the Democrats of the Left would accuse the Northern League of being fascist due to their racist remarks toward African migrant workers during the campaign. However this lead to the unforeseeable as Gianfranco Fini of the Italian Social Movement (MSI) would end up siding with the Northern League as he too agreed that the government has abandoned them.



Would the Christian Democrats hold on?


The election would end up becoming a nationwide “flame war” as every party began to accuse one another of corruption most notably being the Democrats of the Left versus the Italian Socialists, while at the same time the Northern League was accusing the Christian Democrats. To many outsiders especially the French they would have little clue to what was going on since everyone was accusing one another left and right.


As a result the election was won by the Christian Democrats headed by Arnaldo Forlani, even though they lost many votes, but their coalition prior to the election managed to keep a small majority, while opposition parties gained votes. But however the largest opposition party being the Italian Communist Party (PCI) was abolished after the end of World War III, meaning there was no opposition leadership to go against the Christian Democrats. Meanwhile many votes unsurprisingly went to the Northern League which wasn’t inclined to alliances at the time despite being supported by the neo-fascists of the Italian Social Movement (MSI). This resulted in a weak parliament as a result and eventually new elections would arrive for the Italian nation in 1994.




Arnaldo Forlani, the Italian Premier
 
Are we looking at a potential North-South Italian Civil War? Or is this just extreme cultural regionalism at play?
Regionalism pumped up by the aftermath of the war and the collapse of the old political order. Frankly i Expect that the war had created a strong feel of nationalism, with the League more geared up towards creating federalism (than Open separatist rethoric as after this kind of conflict it eill be hardly tollerated) and catch protest vote; being between becoming a single issue party with a limited lifespan or a true political party like otl.

Btw, we can have even a WWIII but mani pulite Will always happen
 
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