A FOREWORDThe 1976 election is one of the most interesting to me, but yet it seems to have almost no presence in stories. Here we have a post-Watergate reaction in the form of a peanut-farming outsider, one that, alongside the Republican primary debacle, should've spelled doom for the GOP. Despite the Republican schism between moderation and full-throated conservatism, they persisted. Despite President Ford's baggage, they survived another day and won the White House back just four short years later. However, this primary schism got me thinking - why did the Democrats get a monopoly on plucky outsiders who'd shake up Washington? This question got me thinking, then researching, and before long I was here.
This timeline, my very first on this site, has been no small feat. I've worked on it, posted it, got through about two updates, stopped working on it, worked on it yet again, and eventually hit the point where I could no longer sit on it. That being said, I'd like to thank those who've test read, those who've talked over the implications of what I've actually done, and those who've generally helped me make this what it is. You may have expected me to be more long-winded in this intro, but let's save word limit abuses for the actual posts, now shall we?
Ladies, gentlemen, and beyond: I present to you...
THE BEATEN PATH or
THE BICENTENNIAL ELECTION, DERAILED
Crap, the budget is too low for a title card. Stupid stagflation.