Recent content by David T

  1. WI: John Kerry pulls a reverse 2000 election in 2004.

    There are all sorts of ways Kerry could have carried Ohio for Ohio-specific reasons which would not prevent him from losing the national popular vote: (1) don't have same-sex marriage on the ballot (it helped to generate increased turnout by Evangelicals); (2) shorter lines; (3) have the...
  2. WI: John Kerry pulls a reverse 2000 election in 2004.

    This would be diffferent because after 2016 the GOP was sure the Electoral College worked to their advantage (2020 showed they were right) so of course they resisted any effort to change it. In this ATL, the Electoral College would be seen to be defying the popular will in an *arbitrary*...
  3. Former Confederate U.S. President

    POD: Sometime in 1887, a bomb planted by an anarchist goes off at a Cabinet meeting and kills President Cleveland and every member of the Cabinet except Secretary of the Interior Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Quintus_Cincinnatus_Lamar_II (There is of...
  4. WI: The 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan succeeded?

    Ironically, GHW Bush--at least until elected in his own right in 1984--might have to be more conservative than Reagan to avoid potential conservative primary opposition (perhaps from Jack Kemp) and deflect charges that he was "betraying Reagan's legacy." Reagan could make all sorts of...
  5. Which of these proposed constitutional amendments was most likely to have been adopted?

    Presumably the Ludlow Amendment providing for a national referendum before the US went to war unless US territory was attacked. It is not true, however, that it "almost passed" the House in 1938.. It failed 209-188; but of course that is far from the two-thirds majority necessary to pass a...
  6. Exactly how much would an India-aligned Tibet turn the power balance against China?

    The Tibetans didn't want to be part of British India any more than they wanted to be part of China. Indeed, they seriously considered recognizing Chinese suzerainty in 1934 *if* the Chinese would agree to major territorial concessions in Kham (which they didn't).
  7. WI: JFK Nominated for Vice-President in 1956

    In 1962, the historians' liberal inclinations led to a favorability for "activist" presidents--of which FDR was the paradigm, with Jackson (in Schlesinger, Jr.'s The Age of Jackson) seen as a forerunner. This did not exclude all Republican presidents-but Lincoln and TR were the only ones for...
  8. WI: JFK Nominated for Vice-President in 1956

    A fee pages from Stanford historian Thomas A. Bailey's *Presidential Greatness* (first edition 1966): That the majority of historians were (and are) Democrats does not of course mean that their ratings of presidents should be dismissed. Bailey himself who came up with a forty-three test...
  9. Why Didn't the Colonial Military and Governments of Portuguese Africa try to form their own Apartheid States?

    Techincally speaking, the Portuguese colonies didn't have "apartheid" in the South African sense. A 1971 report from a *Der Spiegel* reporter on the MPLA: "There is no apartheid in Portugal's African colonies, as there is in South Africa. Yet the "assimilado" system practiced by the Portuguese...
  10. WI: Johnson vs. Reagan in 1968

    It is really unnecessary to have Sirhan kill Nixon to make Reagan the 1968 GOP nominee. If Reagan had started earlier, and if a tacit Reagan-Rockefeller alliance had succeeded in getting Nixon to fall short on the first ballot--which almost happened in OTL--the convention could well have turned...
  11. US Japanese war in pacific before 1914

    In retrospecr, there was probably little danger of a US-Japanese war in 1907--Prime MinisterSaionji clearly did not want war-- but California politicians and mobs certainly did their best to endanger US-Japanese relations (as did noisy opposition elements in Japan): "On 11 December 1906, under...
  12. French accidentally kill Brezhnev in 1961

    I discuss that at https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/brezhnev-killed-by-french-1961-plane-shot-down.311793/: *** So suppose the plane carrying Brezhnev (who, as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, was the closest thing the USSR had to a "president" or nominal head of...
  13. WI... the Hong Kong New Territories lease was perpetual?

    Macau--where the Portuguese *did* have "perpetual" right of occupation-- offers an interesting comparison. (From the 1887 Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Peking: "China confirms, in its entirety, the second Article of the Protocol of Lisbon, relating to the perpetual occupation and government of Macao...
  14. AHC: "Aboriginal names" for California cities

    "California is sown thick with the names of all the little and big saints. Chase them away and substitute aboriginal names."--Walt Whitman, *An American Primer.* https://archive.org/details/anamericanprime00whitgoog/page/n56/ AHC: Do it! Maybe a 19th century wave of anti-Catholic nativism...
  15. Rump South Vietnam at Mekong Delta (post-Vietnam War)

    Basically, all you have to do to get a rump South Vietnam surviving after the fall of Saigon is to get an ARVN so strong and competent and a US so willing to intervene that...Saigon wouldn't have fallen n the first place!
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