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  1. New Presidential Ranking

    Basically, I want you and other to make your own list, and you can create different categories, if you find the ones I use as relatively unimportant.
  2. New Presidential Ranking

    Mainly the addition of California, but also the addition of the other land, which definitely benefited America, regardless of how he did it (he's docked points in other areas for his method of doing so). Additionally, his independent treasury system put America on firmer financial ground, after Jackson destroyed the banks. The tariff really benefited trade with other countries, since it was a very low tariff, and in a way,paved the way for freer trade. He also set up a permanent boundary between the US in Canada (again, he gets docked points in other areas for the method that he conducted the negotiations). Overall, Polk is one of the presidents that I dislike, who's methods I dislike, and who I would have vehemently opposed at the time, but who also inevitably made the country stronger, even if he put much more stress on the sectional rivalries in the country at the time. I don't give him too much blame for leading to Civil War, since slavery would not occur in the land he acquired. He definitely wouldn't rank high if we focused on Mexico as the symbol of "The World". I also considered Polk keeping with his campaign promises, including his promise to serve a single term, and holding to that. He gives an example of a single-term president that is a "success" (he's generally ranked #11; although, I wouldn't put him there). For Polk I'm focusing more on government and American daily lives. "The World" part really has more to do with president's from McKinley on, when the country aimed to assert itself on "The World."
  3. New Presidential Ranking

    I've attempted a new way of ranking the presidents. This is a very personal ranking, obviously. You could create your own categories and rankings. I have tallied them up to get a total ranking, yet. 1. Handling of the Economy and Commerce A- Washington, FDR B- JAdams, JQAdams, Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Clinton, Obama, Trump C- Jefferson, Monroe, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, AJohnson, McKinley, Harding, Coolidge, Truman, Nixon, Reagan D- Madison, Jackson, Van Buren, WHHarrison, Tyler, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, BHarrison, Ford, Carter, Bush I F- Buchanan, Hoover, Bush II 2. Beneficial foreign policy to both America and to the World A- Washington, Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, FDR B- JAdams, Monroe, Jackson, BHarrison, Wilson, Coolidge, Truman, Carter C- Jefferson, Van Buren, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan. AJohnson, Grant, Hayes, Arthur, Cleveland, McKinley, Taft, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton D- Madison, WHHarrison, Garfield, Harding, Hoover, JFK, Trump F- LBJ, Bush II 3. Fostering domestic Tranquility A- Monroe, ThRoosevelt, Eisenhower B- Washington, Jefferson, Hayes, Coolidge, FDR, Reagan, Clinton C- JQ Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, Tyler, Lincoln, Arthur, Cleveland, BHarrison, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Truman, JFK, Bush I, Obama D- JAdams, WHHarrison, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, AJohnson, Grant, Garfield, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush II, Trump F- Madison, Pierce, Buchanan, Hoover 4. Progress (Positive direction for the future of the welfare of America) A- Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, FDR, LBJ B- Washington, Jefferson, Madison, JQAdams, Wilson, C- JAdams, Grant, Garfield, BHarrison, Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, Carter, Clinton, Obama D- Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, WHHarrison, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Hayes, Arthur, Cleveland, McKinley, Harding, Ford, Bush I F- Tyler, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Coolidge, Reagan, Bush II, Trump 5. Integrity and moral authority in office A- Washington, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Carter, Obama B- JAdams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, JQAdams, ThRoosevelt, Taft, Truman C- WHHarrison, Tyler, Taylor, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Cleveland, BHarrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, JFK, Ford, Reagan, Bush I D- Van Buren, Polk, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Arthur, LBJ, Bush II F- Jackson, Harding, Nixon, Clinton, Trump 6. Crisis management and avoiding mistakes A- Lincoln, FDR B- Washington, Jefferson, Polk, McKinley, ThRoosevelt, Wilson, Truman, Eisenhower, C- JAdams, Monroe, Jackson, Arthur, Cleveland, BHarrison, Taft, JFK, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Obama D- Madison, Van Buren, WHHarrison, Tyler, Taylor, Fillmore, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Coolidge, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Trump F- Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Harding, Hoover, Bush II 7. Positive accomplishments for his own time A- Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, Wilson, FDR, Reagan B- Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Polk, Cleveland, McKinley, Coolidge, Eisenhower, JFK, Clinton, Obama C- JAdams, Madison, Monroe, LBJ, Nixon, Bush I D- JQAdams, Van Buren, Fillmore, Grant, Hayes, Arthur, BHarrison, Taft, Truman, Ford, Carter F- WHHarrison, Tyler, Taylor, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Garfield, Harding, Hoover, Bush II, Trump 8. Inspiring to the majority of Americans of his generation A- Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, Wilson, FDR, JFK, Reagan B- Washington, Polk, McKinley, Clinton C- Monroe, Cleveland, Harding, Truman, Eisenhower, Obama D- Madison, Van Buren, WHHarrison, Grant, Garfield, BHarrison, Coolidge, LBJ, Bush I, Trump F- JAdams, JQAdams, Tyler, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Hayes, Arthur, Taft, Hoover, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush II 9. Leaving a lasting Positive Influence on government, the world, and our daily lives. A- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, FDR B- Polk, Wilson C- JAdams, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Grant, BHarrison, McKinley, Eisenhower, LBJ, Clinton, Obama D- JQAdams, Van Buren, WHHarrison, Tyler, Taylor, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, Taft, Truman, JFK F- Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I, Bush II, Trump 10. Misc. (intangible positives not applicable to the above categories) A- Lincoln, ThRoosevelt, FDR, LBJ B- Washington, JAdams, Jefferson, Madison, JQAdams, Obama C- Monroe, Polk, Grant, Hayes, Taft, Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, Carter, Clinton D- Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Garfield, BHarrison, McKinley, Wilson, Hoover, Truman, Bush I F- WHHarrison, Tyler, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, AJohnson, Arthur, Cleveland, Harding, Coolidge, Ford, Reagan, Bush II, Trump
  4. 2020 Starting %'s -- 11 Questions

    My guess is will have about 40% in the polls. Kasich and Flake will have about 10% each and 40% will be undecided. I think Trump can easily get the 40% undecided if Kasich and Flake go into campaigning half-heartedly. They need to be really fired up or it won't work at all. I think what Kasich and Flake would hope to do is get the Convention deadlocked
  5. Here are some questions I have for starting %'s for my 2020 scenario. I will use this as a guide: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/369555-poll-biden-holds-double-digit-lead-over-field-of-2020-dem-presidential 1. Assuming all of the following run for the presidency in 2020, do you think the following numbers will stay the same? Biden 27%, Sanders 16%, HClinton 13%, Winfrey 13%, Warren 10%, Booker 4%, KHarris 4%, Cuomo 2%, Gillibrand 1% 2. If you included other Democrats in the poll for 2020, please make a similar polling projection as the list above with your alternative candidates or omitted candidates. 3. What would the polls show for the Republicans if both Flake and Kasich run against Trump. 4. What would the polls show for Republicans if you add other possible Anti-Trump candidates running against Trump? 5. What would the polls show for a Generic Democrat against Trump in 2020? 6. What about Biden vs. Trump? 7. What about Sanders vs. Trump? 8. What about Winfrey vs. Trump? 9. What about HClinton vs. Trump? 10. What about Warren vs. Trump? 11. Generic Democrat vs. Generic anti-Trump Republican
  6. Final Update: US 1820

    @Lyly any update on the map? There really isn't too much of a rush, since I still need to post 1812 and 1816 after a little more tinkering.
  7. Kucinich Factor?

    I think my final statement on this thread will be this: I wouldn't be surprised if Kucinich doesn't come off as more popular than ever. When he was an active politician, his politics were more fringe than popular. Sanders has changed this. I think he could at least win the Democratic nomination for governor. However, Ohio went for Clinton over Sanders in the primary, which means that if Kucinich veers too far to the left, then some Democrats might support a Republican.
  8. I would have, but I used the simulator function (not the Simulator Party). The function just gives you the EV and PV. It doesn't show any graphics.
  9. The historical scenarios allow for Hamilton and Burr to potentially face each other from 1792-1828 ("What if Hamilton was never killed in the duel"). 1824 is not included since @jvikings1 hasn't added Hamilton or Burr to his scenario. I decided to use the Simulation function to speed through three decades of elections to see who would win if they were the only candidates. 1792 - Burr def. Hamilton 161-103 [Hamilton wins pop vote by 0.1% Under these rules the person with the second most votes becomes VP, so Hamilton is Burr's VP.] 1796 - Hamilton def. Burr 140-138 [However, Burr wins pop vote by 6.2%! Under the old rules, Burr becomes Hamilton's VP] 1800 - Hamilton def. Burr 153-123 [However, Burr won 74.5% of the popular vote! Hamilton wins with 25.4% of the vote! This is mainly because only some states had popular vote. The people did not elect Hamilton in this case; Legislatures voted him in. Under the old rules, Burr becomes Hamilton's VP] 1804 - Burr/Breckinridge def. Hamilton/Marshall 173-3 [This is the first election where the VP's are selected prior to election. Burr wins 61% of the vote!] 1808 - Hamilton/Marshall def. Burr/Monroe [Hamilton defeats Burr in an upset election. Burr won the popular vote with 53%. About 9% of voters were unpledged to Burr or Hamilton, and in most cases the votes seemed to have tipped states to Hamilton.] 1812 - Burr/Clay def. Hamilton/Marshall 146-71 [Burr wins the pop vote with 54.4%] 1816 - Burr/Clay def. Hamilton/Rush 208-9 [Burr wins 66.7% of the popular vote.] 1820 - Burr/Clay def. Hamilton/Rush 175-57 [Burr wins 77.1% of the popular vote] 1824 - Unknown as the 1824 scenario doesn't include them. [I'll say that neither get enough EVs (as had happened IRL 1824, and it goes to the house). The House selects Hamilton, despite Burr having led in the popular vote.] 1828 - Burr/Houston def. Hamilton/Marshall 170-79 [Unpledged electors won 11 EVs in this election. Burr won 55.7% of the pop vote. After this victory, the aged Hamilton shot Burr.]
  10. Final Update: US 1812

    Thanks! Let me know what the EV and Pop Vote was. Also, let me know how easy or difficult it was, and what made it easy or difficult.
  11. Final Update: US 1812

    Can anyone test out this level for me as DeWitt Clinton's Independent Fusion Party, so I can put the update up? You can find the latest version attached to this thread.
  12. Final Update: US 1828

    Update: Wrote out more 1828 events to capture the mudslinging
  13. House of Cards 2016 Election

    I think the character was created to be a jab at Trump--A New York Republican with a very low emotional IQ.
  14. Final Update: US 1828

    Update: Tinkered the candidates, platforms, issues a bit. I created a party of unpledged voters. I added Sen. William Smith of SC as a VP candidate