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Well, I'm settling into my senior year and a rigorous social life as near completely replaced my rigorous academic life. Anyway, I will have some time to get back to this game, so here are some ideas.

1868

Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction program succeeds and the Southern states are back into the union and voting in the election. Johnson is still charged as an incompetent by critics but his modest success in bringing peace has gotten him renominated. He faces US Grant who actually campaigned with him to pass Reconstruction bills.

(you could really go farther with this concept, considering other elections running against johnson's legacy and the eventual split between north and south again)

1880

Tilden Re-election campaign. I'm sure you're all aware of the 1876 contest, What if it went the other way?

1884

Garfield lives

1892

What if Cleveland won in 1888 (he really did get the pop vote)?

1900

WJ Bryan re-election

1912

TR doesnt run

1920

Hughes Re-election (1916 was exceptionally close)

1924

Harding Re-election

1952

Truman assassinated in 1950 (there was an attempt)

1968

Kennedy successor

1976

Nixon realizes there's no reason to spy on mcgovern, who he clobbers. successor race

1984

Carter won in 1980, cringe

1992

Dukakis re-election

1996

Dukakis successor

1996

Bush successor

2000

Clinton runs again and must run for reelection in 2000?

2004

Gore Re-election

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1996-> Perot re-election

No candidate recieved a majority in the e.c. & the house votes for him in 1992. Reform Party now a fully established American party. Also problems over James Stockdale's competency to continue as VP *kind of like with Dick Cheney's heart problems* Reform Party under hot contestment from disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats. Likely challengers would be a staunch conservative for the Republicans and a staunch liberal for the Democrats since a moderate from either party would be too unlikely to want to challenge Perot's administration.

2000-> Perot successor

Perot brought Americans together under a variety of ideas and helped dissolve the 2-party mentality. Reform Party not catching the harsh criticism like it was in 1996. With the new moderate atmosphere in America, all 3 parties likely to nominate someone rather centrist in their views.

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1996-> Perot re-election

No candidate recieved a majority in the e.c. & the house votes for him in 1992. Reform Party now a fully established American party. Also problems over James Stockdale's competency to continue as VP *kind of like with Dick Cheney's heart problems* Reform Party under hot contestment from disenfranchised Republicans and Democrats. Likely challengers would be a staunch conservative for the Republicans and a staunch liberal for the Democrats since a moderate from either party would be too unlikely to want to challenge Perot's administration.

2000-> Perot successor

Perot brought Americans together under a variety of ideas and helped dissolve the 2-party mentality. Reform Party not catching the harsh criticism like it was in 1996. With the new moderate atmosphere in America, all 3 parties likely to nominate someone rather centrist in their views.

interesting scenarios

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  • 2 weeks later...

have you seen the film "Secret Honor?"

"Stick with Dick in '76"

money flowing into CREEP from Taiwan even after Nixon's '72 landslide - idea was that, following such an overwhelming national mandate, term limits would be abolished, and Nixon could run again in '76 (keeping the Vietnam War going, of course, to profit his 'Committee of 100' benfactors and the Mafia heroin trade........)

plausible, if unlikey - if Watergate never happened, Nixon would've been in a position to perhaps run for a third term - he had jerry-rigged the Supreme Court and cowed his "enemies" in the media; despite the floudering national economy, Nixon was making breakthorugh after breakthrough diplomatically - the SALT talks, the chat w/ Mao etc....

*ques Twilight Zone Theme*

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1984--> Hinckley successfully killed Reagan in March, 1981, leading to a weaker establishment of "Reagonomics", *the term ofcourse would never exist but Bush would've almost certainly made some attempt at following atleast some of Reagan's plans* making economic progress stumble somewhat. Bush's diplomacy also wouldn't have been as confrontational as Reagan's, which would probably mean more Soviet involvement in Afghanistan, a more limited role in the Iran-Iraq War and lower military spending levels. This would put America in a tough position where Reagan had put up the tough talk with the rest of the world and Bush was unable to follow through with it, leading to a somewhat decent Democratic opposition.

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2004-After the UN Showdown, George Bush backs down in front of the world. The loss of face and credibilty shocks many in the USA, and Democratic strategists launch a strategic Pearl Harbour: Convincing Sen. John McCain to join because of his desire to "free" Iraq, and A Liberman/McCain ticket promising to do just that. With many leftists dissuaded from the ticket, Ralph Nader's vote totals look to (at least) double. Will the Dem's gamble, throwing away the pacifists to grab the middle America vote, work? Will Nader win a state or two, maybe throwing the election into the H of R? Will Bush be able to recover the centre?

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1968--> *very theoretical!* After a successful campaign in Vietnam, the North Vietnamese, after accepting a peace deal from the United States, China, and South Vietnam, have ended their struggle to overthrow the South Vietnamese government and unite Vietnam. This victory for the United States has propelled their image around the world, boosted an already great economy, and given President Johnson unprecedented approval ratings. The civil rights movement has also received more concessions due to the increased attention from the government and this has angered many southerners, giving Republicans their only guaranteed base. The Republicans are also gaining strength based on the decisions on how to use this great international prestige. Democrats think it should be used to improve the nation and inspire the ideas of freedom around the world where as the Republicans feel it should take advantage of thawed relations with China and an embarassed Soviet Union to launch a campaign against communism across the globe.

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1956--> Eisenhower fails to end the Korean War, which drags on for another 4 years. With the economy faltering because of the drawn out war effort, heavy public unrest, and mounting casualties, Eisenhower's popularity has plunged. Stevenson returns as Democratic nominee, and Douglas MacArthur can be a 3rd Party candidate, still favoring an escalation of the war by means of an invasion of China from Taiwan.

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1976--> Nixon's men are caught during the break in @ the Watergate Hotel and the president is immediatly linked to it, leading to a victory for George McGovern in 1972. McGovern is now running for reelection. Possible Republican opposition: Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Spiro Agnew *since the scandal against him could've then potentially been avoided*

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How about one where Clinton was impeached and Al Gore became president, and he's running for re-election in 2000. Or one where George Bush resigns after a scandal, setting up an open 2004 election.

Bill Clinton WAS impeached. He just wasn't removed.

Jeez, does the Canuck have to tell you that? :P

Does an America have to tell you to shut up ;) !

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