What if John McCain, not George W Bush, won the Republican nomination in 2000? How could this be done? Probably he wins South Carolina, maybe he successfully pushes back against the smear campaign run against him, but looking at coverage from the time that wasn't seen as a big factor in his loss(of course we have the benefit of hindsight). How does he win South Carolina? There's a consensus he would win the general, so President McCain. How would McCain handle the events of the Bush presidency? What would he do domestically? Smaller tax cuts? Abroad, how would he handle 9/11? Would he invade Iraq-and if so, would he do it better? Would he win in 2004? What would be the effects? What if?