In terms of "for which he's the only non-embarrasing President since Eisenhower". It also means that from the passage of RvW until (at least) 2004 that no Republican President has won using what iOTL are the Moral Majority's postitions on Abortion and LGBTQ issues. Instead the Hard on Crime/Soft on Crime divide appears to be much more of an issue continuing into the 2000s.Grasso! Byrd! Clements! Van De Kamp!
So many great candidates who show up in lists sometimes but nevertheless never seem to get the attention they deserve. Really love, too, how the salience of different policy options is different - there was plenty of legislation on immigration in the OTL equivalent of the Clements-Van De Kamp era, of course, but it wasn't as central to Bush 41 or Clinton the way it is here.
A lot to talk about here, but going to confine myself to a few things:
- Going to be interesting how Clements' combination of operational personalism and ideological vagueness ends up shaping the Republican Party for which he's the only non-embarrassing President since Eisenhower.
- Hopefully Foster's fate is a happier one ITTL; meanwhile, Feinstein is going to be a headache for someone down the line.
- I wonder how the Vice President getting caught committing literal fucking murder affects Americans' views of politics. And, separately, their view of conspiracies.
- Pickens as Governor of Texas is a very fun idea, considering how big of an OSU booster he was.