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  1. I think since we did the Hypothetical Cabinet, we could do a hypothetical candidacy. Below, list what you assume would be your strengths and weaknesses as a presidential primary candidate, and as a presidential general election nominee.. Assume you are of age, are born in the US, that you have at least enough support to be in the primary debate, and the at least enough money to carry you to the first primary. You can use my response as a template. Part 1: As a primary candidate Strengths: Would likely appeal to the base. High integrity. Has never broken the law. Has never cheated. Has been routinely fair and kind to other human beings. Incorruptible, and has never been corrupt. Never had the urge to do so, even to get what I want. Would visit every regions of the country, even rural areas, where I have know real attachment. I'd be open in my responses in what I will do, won't do, and what I might do through compromise. Every voter will know where I stand. I am the type of person that can work 18 hour days if I have to, on any sort of schedule. I am absolutely an outsider, which could appeal to many primary voters I am by nature an independent, pragmatic progressive, which I think, would appeal to both the base, and to others who may be receptive to progressiveness, but haven't found a candidate likely to work with non-progressives in the party. I probably look like a president (The claim someone gave to Warren G. Harding). I'm 6'4" 190 lbs. Blond hair. Germanic looking (I get that I look like Dax Shepard or a taller Jimmi Simpson, a lot. I usually get Shepard as the comparison, but I think Simpson looks a lot more like me.), deep, and sometimes loud, voice. I have no attachment to Wall Street or financial people My lack of wealth would probably appeal to people tired of elites, whether political or members of the 1%. I'd be great with issue knowledge, and good a debater. Weaknesses: I wouldn't like campaigning. I wouldn't like fundraising, or anything that is remotely close to begging for money. I would be a logical debater, but I don't think I'd be the one that gets sound bites. I'm not overtly emotional or expressionable. I'm pretty stone faced. Although, I don't come off as awkward or robotic, like Mitt Romney or Al Gore. I am really unsure how I would interact with "normal people," especially those in rural or suburban areas. I seem to surround myself with academics, eccentrics, bohemians, savants, creative and literary people, and loud personalities (like pool hustlers, musicians, -- all of which deserve a biography) rather than mechanics, farmers, gas station owners, coal miners, baptist ministers, etc. Although, I've found I can talk to anyone, I just find my conversations would be seemingly more natural with people that I can identify with. My only connection would be my lack of wealth and my love of NFL football, other than potential shared political stances. I'd be hesitant to make any promises before taking office unless I thought Congress would certainly pass the promises. Although, the promises I do make would be fulfilled, unless events make the fulfillment of the promise dangerous or greatly impractical. I might be too nice to be a candidate, especially facing candidates that are someone similar to me ideologically. If I had proof that I would win the nomination if I leaked a border-line slanderous attack on a worthy nominee, I wouldn't released it, even if I knew it meant I would lose the nomination. No major experience for the job. I don't speak Spanish. Part 2: As a general election candidate: Strengths: I'd have the support of the base, and likely some people that would consider voting Green. As an outsider, who is sometimes independent, and has high integrity and no corruption history, I could win over voters that find these as the most important qualities in a president. I would do well with issue knowledge, and in the debates (although, I'm not a soundbite debater. I'm more like Kasich in this regards.) I wouldn't ignore battleground states, a la Clinton. I've never believed in Winner-Takes-All elections, and I believe that those that lost an election should get some of what they want. As such, moderate Republicans and moderate Libertarians could expect to get some of the things that they wanted. I would talk about compromise enough that, and be respectful, and praise-worthy enough of moderate Republicans (like John Kasich) and flexible Libertarians (like Bill Weld) that I could conceivably win over some of them if they are unhappy with their candidates. My compromising tone would like keep moderate Democrats in line. While I would almost never use the military, I think my pension and benefits plans for veterans would win over a lot of the military vote (compared to many Democratic candidates), even as I attempt to make the military more concise and efficient, and less costly. As I say above. I look like a president, so I would win a percentage of the superficial demographic, potentially. As I say above, I can work 18 hours a day on most days. My lack of wealth might appeal to those that want a president that can identify with someone that doesn't make three figures or higher. I will be sincere and genuine, and I know I will come off as such, regardless if people like my platform or not. A conflicted, selfless voter might vote for me, because they know I'll work for the majority of people's interests and not the elites, even if I might not do much for them specifically. At this point, some of my weaknesses above would probably not be weaknesses anymore, but not necessarily strengths. I'd have a very specific platform of what I would like to do. Weaknesses: I wouldn't like campaigning I wouldn't like fundraising or otherwise begging for money Despite being a good debater, I wouldn't get soundbites As I said above, I don't show much expression. I might come off as being unexcited, for instance. Or, it might seem like I think a joke isn't funny, even when I think it is, because I'm not laughing or smiling. I usually just say, "that's funny." Although I'd be better at speaking to rural and suburban demographics by the general election, I might come off poorly by comparison to someone that knows how to talk to rural and suburban demographics specifically. While I'd have a very specific, detailed platform, I would emphasis that these aren't promises (since I may have to compromise or alter it based on events). This might make me come off as not liking my own platform, when I'm just being realistic and honest. People who vote for religious reasons would not vote for me, and I would likely embolden them to vote in larger numbers against me, even though I would never attack religion or religious institutions, and while I would have no policy aimed against them. Just as JFK had to give a speech on his Catholicism, I'd have to give one on being "borderline agnostic." Really, I'm someone that wants Heaven to exist. I revere most of what Jesus does and says, but I feel that 90% of vocal Christians in no way model themselves after him. The most model Christians I ever meet never talk about their faith, or talk about politics or society in relations with faith, even if they go to Church and Church functions faithfully. In the end, I could equally be a Christian or not be a Christian by the end of my life, but I just don't think about it. I've read the Bible numerous times. I grew up going to church. I've had tragic life events that elevated the potential for greater faith. In the end, I read, saw, hear, and felt logically. I feel nothing. It's similar to when someone thinks a ghost is in their house, and then they try to record the ghost on a tape recorder, asking it questions. If a noise is heard, they assume it's the ghost saying something, "Is that a 'yes'? Yes, I think that's a 'yes'." When I listen to it, I might say, "I'm fairly certain that's your own breath." In short, the single-issue religious demographic would greatly oppose me, even though I am not anti-Christian or necessarily non-religious. I don't know what I am, agnostic or Unitarian. I'm definitely not Calvinistic. I might be too nice. While I am likely to be aggressive towards a Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, or Ron Paul type character, for what I would consider would be adhering to ideals aimed at making the life much more harder for the poor, disabled, lower-middle class, etc. I probably wouldn't be very aggressive at attacking the other candidate's person. Although I could attack the platform easily. Someone like Cruz or Trump could draw out a side of me that does make me aggressive to their personalities, as both seem to me to by hypocrites of the highest order. I don't have much experience for the job I don't speak Spanish.
  2. I picture myself living where many of my ancestors lived---in Massachusetts. I picture myself as a Harvard professor, who is conflicted on the war, as I am both a strong abolitionist and a pacifist. While I do not see the majority of Southern people as evil or un-American, I see the members of the Plantation Class--the minority that rules the South--as traitors, immoral, bordering on Satanic, who have basically revoked their citizenship by waging war on our country and, furthermore, have lost all claims to their property as open traitors. I expect the property to be divided among former slaves, freedmen, Northern migrants, or Southerners who did not participate in the Civil War. My 1860s version of myself hangs around in circles that include Charles Sumner, Wendell Phillips, Ralph Waldo Emerson, etc.
  3. This poll comes from a blog I wrote awhile back: https://historymonocle.com/2016/04/10/top-20-most-powerful-politicians-who-were-never-president/
  4. I have created a poll for the upcoming German federal election. I copied the ideologies of the parties from Wikipedia, to avoid any accusation of being biased of certain parties. For the coalitions please remember that all parties said they refuse to build a coalition with the AfD and the CDU/CSU also ruled out the The Left as partner in any government. The 2nd question is just hypothetical and out of curiosity. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. @JDrakeify @mz452 @The DM @Kingthero @QuickHead555 @chunkbuster11 @Bjornhattan @HomosexualSocialist @willpaddyg @daons @LegolasRedbard @Prussian1871 @wolves @SirLagsalott @michaelsdiamonds @victorraiders @Patine @Falcon @jnewt @President Garrett Walker @Reagan04 @Conservative Elector 2 @SeanFKennedy @vcczar @jvikings1 @harveyrayson2 @lizarraba @TheMiddlePolitical @CalebsParadox @MrPrez @msc123123 @NYrepublican @RI Democrat @servo75 @koneke @Presidentinsertname @ThePotatoWalrus @Sunnymentoaddict @TheLiberalKitten @Quebecois @avatarmushi @Sami
  5. http://www.factcheck.org/2017/09/obamas-final-numbers/ This is the link that I'm getting this information from.
  6. Decided to do a poll after writing about this topic for my Sociology class yesterday, listening to Coloring Book until 3 this morning, going to sleep, and then waking up this morning to a hot mess, as has become routine in 2017 PLEASE KEEP THIS CIVIL. I would love it if there were no comments on this and people just voted on the poll without starting a flame war on this thread. *side-eyes certain people I'm sure will be extremely opinionated on this topic*
  7. Which are your favorites?
  8. Here's another poll. The Democratic Faction Poll is in the forum.
  9. Who would you support? This was a weird election. In Grant, you have him accepting a platform which was definitely ironic, considering nearly half of it was supporting or proposing things that the Republicans were doing the opposite of in Grant's first term. The change was clearly to win over Democrats, who were so disorganized, as to not really field a candidate. Grant would win and mostly avoid the platform. Greeley was the odd nominee for the Liberal Republicans, who were most former Radical Republicans, Abolitionist Republicans, and social liberals, who had really founded the Republican Party, but had lost it to conservatives and bankers. The disorganized Democrats supported this party since it was their best chance at beating Grant. In order to win over Democrats, it favored reform, ending Reconstruction, and a lower tariff. Greeley won the nomination against much better qualified candidates. Greeley didn't agree with much of his platform, including the low tariff, and Civil Service reform. He died after the election, but before the electors met, so his votes were scattered. Grant won in a landslide, partially because he anticipated their platform and stole much of the platform, but mostly because he was still esteemed as a recent war hero. Had Greeley won, he would have likely not enacted his platform. He would not have lowered the tariff, reformed the civil service, and while he would have ended Reconstruction, he would have probably sent troops back in to prevent disenfranchisement. He was a moralist and not a politician.
  10. In the comments, list which candidate you would have supported over the others.
  11. Here's a new poll: I wonder who everyone likes the most. Wallace had a massive platform, it was hard narrowing down his platform to 19 choices.
  12. 270Soft Historical Politicians! *Note: Members of historical major parties are often switched to the 21st century incarnation of those parties. Thus, a Republican Progressive becomes a Democrat, and a Conservative Southern Democrat becomes a Republican, etc. 1. Executive Branch: Pres. George Washington (Right-leaning I)VP. Al Gore (D)Major cabinet-level officers & Etc.: Chief of Staff: Alexander Hamilton (Mixed I)State: Elihu Root (R)Treasury: Salmon P. Chase (D)Defense: Henry Knox (Right-leaning I)Att. Gen: Edward Bates (R)Interior: Ethan Hitchcock (R)Agriculture: Henry Wallace (D)Commerce: Herbert Hoover (R)Labor: Robert Reich (D)Health & HS: Elliott Richards (D)Housing & UD: Jack Kemp (R)Transportation: Elizabeth Dole (R)Energy: Ernest Moniz (D)Education: Arne Duncan (D)Vet Affairs: Ed Derwinski (R) Peace: Dennis Kucinich (D) [Created to appease Progressive dominated atmosphere] Homeland Security: John Kelly (R) UN Ambassador: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr (R) Nat. Sec. Advisor: Zbigniew Brzezinski (D) Chair Fed Reserve: Alan Greenspan (R) 2. Judicial Branch: Chief Justice: Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Liberal Associate Justices: Thurgood Marshall - Liberal John Marshall - Conservative OW Holmes - Moderate William Douglas - Liberal Louis Brandeis -- Progressive Anthony Kennedy -- Moderate Clarence Thomas -- Conservative Antonin Scalia -- Conservative 3. Legislative Branch: Speaker of the House -- Champ Clark (D) House Minority Leader -- Newt Gingrich (R) US Reps (D): 415 US Reps (R): 120 Senate Majority Leader -- Joe Biden (D) Senate Minority Leader -- Robert Taft (R) Chair Bipartisan Committee -- Henry Clay (I) US Sen (D): 64 US Sen (R): 33 US Sen (I): 3 Alabama: Oscar Underwood (R); Jeff Sessions (R) Alaska: Ted Stevens (R); Lisa Murkowski (R) Arizona: Carl Hayden (D); John McCain (R) Arkansas: Joseph Robinson (D); Hattie Caraway (D) California: Hiram Johnson (D); Dianne Feinstein (D) Colorado: Edwin C. Johnson (D); Cory Gardner (R) Connecticut: Prescott Bush (R); Chris Murphy (D) Delaware: Bill Roth (R); Joe Biden (D) Florida: Claude Pepper (D); George Smathers (D) Georgia: Sam Nunn (D); David Purdue (R) Hawaii: Hiram Fong (R); Daniel Inouye (D) Idaho: William Borah (D); Frank Church (D) Illinois: Everett Dirksen (R); Adlai Stevenson III (D) Indiana: William Jenner (R); Birch Bayh (D) Iowa: Albert Cummins (D); Tom Harkin (D) Kansas: J. J. Ingalls (D); Bob Dole (R) Kentucky: Henry Clay (I); Rand Paul (R) Louisiana: Edwin Broussard (R); Huey P. Long (D) Maine: Hannibal Hamlin (D); Margaret Chase Smith (R) Maryland: Charles Matthias (I); Barbara Mikulski (D) Massachusetts: Daniel Webster (R); Ted Kennedy (D) Michigan: James Couzens (D); Arthur Vandenberg (R) Minnesota: Eugene McCarthy (D); Al Franken (D) Mississippi: Robert J. Walker (R); Pat Harrison (R) Montana: Burton K. Wheeler (D); Mike Mansfield (D) Missouri: Harry S. Truman (D); Stuart Symington (D) Nebraska: George W. Norris (D); Ben Nelson (D) Nevada: William Stewart (D); Key Pittman (D) New Hampshire: John Hale (D); Charles Tobey (D) New Jersey: Frederick Freylinghuysen (D); Clifford Case (R) New Mexico: Adrieus Jones (D); Dennis Chavez (D) New York: Robert Wagner (D); Robert F. Kennedy (D) North Carolina: William Mangum (R); Jesse Helms (R) North Dakota: Asle Gronna (D); Heidi Heitkamp (D) Ohio: Robert Taft (R); Sherrod Brown (D) Oklahoma: Thomas Gore (D); Elmer Thomas (D) Oregon: Charles McNary (D); Wayne Morse (D) Pennsylvania: Joseph Guffey (D); Rick Santorum (R) Rhode Island: Nelson Aldrich (R); John Chafee (D) South Carolina: James Byrnes (D); Lindsey Graham (R) South Dakota: George McGovern (D); John Thune (R) Tennessee: Estes Kefauver (D); Howard Baker (R) Texas: Sam Houston (R); Lyndon B. Johnson (D) Utah: Elbert Thomas (D); Frank Moss (D) Vermont: Patrick Leahy (D); Bernie Sanders (I) Virginia: Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (R); Mark Warner (D) Washington: Warren Magnuson (D); Henry Jackson (R) West Virginia: Matthew Neely (D); Jennings Randolph (D) Wisconsin: Robert La Follette, Sr. (D); Russ Feingold (D) Wyoming: Joseph O'Mahoney (D); Gale McGee (R) 4. Governors: Dem Govs: 30 Rep Govs: 18 Ind Govs: 2 AL - Fob James (R) AK - Bill Walker (Right leaning I) AZ - George WP Hunt (D) AR - Bill Clinton (D) CA - Earl Warren (D) CO - John Hickenlooper (D) CT - Samuel Huntington (R) DE - Pete du Pont (R) FL - Bob Graham (D) GA - Nathan Deal (R) HI - David Ige (D) ID - Cecil Andrus (D) IL - Richard Yates (D) IN - Evan Bayh (D) IA - Samuel Kirkwood (D) KS - Kathleen Sebelius (D) KY - James Garrard (R) LA - Earl Long (D) ME - John Reed (R) MD - Martin O'Malley (D) MA - Michael Dukakis (D) MI - George Romney (R) MN - Harold Stassen (Left-leaning I) MS - Adelbert Ames (D) MO - Phil Donnelly (D) MT - Steve Bullock (D) NE - David Butler (D) NV - Brian Sandoval (R) NH - John Taylor Gilman (R) NJ - Chris Christie (R) NM - Bruce King (D) NY - Nelson Rockefeller (D) NC - Jim Hunt (D) ND - Jack Dalrymple (R) OH - John Kasich (R) OK - Brad Henry (D) OR - Kate Brown (D) PA - Gifford Pinchot (D) RI - Gina Raimondo (D) SC - Nikki Haley (R) SD - Dennis Daugaard (R) TN - Frank Clement (D) TX - Bill Clements (R) UT - Jon Huntsman (R) VT - Phil Scott (R) VA - Terry McAuliffe (D) WA - Jay Inslee (D) WV - Cecil Underwood (R) WI - Philip La Follette (D) WY - Dave Freudenthal (D)
  13. Here is the last poll for the 270Soft Forum Historic politicians. The other branches are very much liberal and progressive dominated. However, the governors, while mostly still left-leaning, are more moderate. Will the president be one with Congress and the Courts, or will their be balance? Presidents that have been elected to other offices will not be included in this poll
  14. Somehow Lincoln is out of the running. Here are the remaining two.
  15. We have a three way tie. Al Gore has been elected VP, however!
  16. Here's a new poll. 10 votes and I proceed to the Pres and VP. The votes for Speaker will determine the Historical Forum US House of Reps. Note: Politicians already elected Senator of Governor will not be listed among the Speakers or Justices, which is why Henry Clay and Earl Warren are absent.
  17. Here are the last of the governors. After 10 votes, I'll proceed to Speaker of the House (which will determine the make up of our historical US House of Representatives). After that we will vote on our historical Supreme Court. Finally, we will vote on our historical President, and Vice President.
  18. Here are the forum's historic governors. In the event of a tie, I chose the more obviously historically important governor. When this wasn't clear, I picked the more conservative governor for balance. Candidates from historical parties will switch affiliation in the 21st century, as the parties have changed. So, for instance, Earl Warren, a Progressive Republican, would find few friends in the 21st century Republican, but would be more in line with the Democratic Party. Democrats won the majority of the governorships; although, they didn't dominate them the way that they dominated the Senate. Additionally, whereas the Senate is progressive dominated, the governors are more establishment or moderate. Governors: Democrats 30; Republicans 18; Independents 2 AL - Fob James (R) AK - Bill Walker (Right leaning I) AZ - George WP Hunt (D) AR - Bill Clinton (D) CA - Earl Warren (D) CO - John Hickenlooper (D) CT - Samuel Huntington (R) DE - Pete du Pont (R) FL - Bob Graham (D) GA - Nathan Deal (R) HI - David Ige (D) ID - Cecil Andrus (D) IL - Richard Yates (D) IN - Evan Bayh (D) IA - Samuel Kirkwood (D) KS - Kathleen Sebelius (D) KY - James Garrard (R) LA - Earl Long (D) ME - John Reed (R) MD - Martin O'Malley (D) MA - Michael Dukakis (D) MI - George Romney (R) MN - Harold Stassen (Left-leaning I) MS - Adelbert Ames (D) MO - Phil Donnelly (D) MT - Steve Bullock (D) NE - David Butler (D) NV - Brian Sandoval (R) NH - John Taylor Gilman (R) NJ - Chris Christie (R) NM - Bruce King (D) NY - Nelson Rockefeller (D) NC - Jim Hunt (D) ND - Jack Dalrymple (R) OH - John Kasich (R) OK - Brad Henry (D) OR - Kate Brown (D) PA - Gifford Pinchot (D) RI - Gina Raimondo (D) SC - Nikki Haley (R) SD - Dennis Daugaard (R) TN - Frank Clement (D) TX - Bill Clements (R) UT - Jon Huntsman (R) VT - Phil Scott (R) VA - Terry McAuliffe (D) WA - Jay Inslee (D) WV - Cecil Underwood (R) WI - Philip La Follette (D) WY - Dave Freudenthal (D)
  19. I'm conducting the Greatest Governor Poll differently, because I soon won't have time to be on the Forum as much as I have been. Each state has anywhere between two to four choices, generally three. Please select one governor per state, even if you don't like any of the choices. When I get 10 votes on each state, then I'll do the rest of the state governors. Note: Early governors had very short terms. Extended terms occurred after WWII; thus, the majority of the selections come from 20th and 21st century governors. I have included the incumbent governor in every poll for each state.
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