republican party

  1. Electoral College Runoff Election

    The US famously really only has two parties that matter the most in politics, and that’s the Democrats and Republicans. But in the last 4 years or so, we’ve really seen diverging ideas within those political parties. Many of these ideologies would have their own parties if they weren’t part in...
  2. Mr. Havana

    WI: No Abraham Lincoln

    Hey all, before I begin, I just want to say that I sincerely hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in this time of crisis! So, Abraham Lincoln, before he became the 16th President of the United States of America was a self-taught lawyer and low-level Illinois politician serving in the State...
  3. Odinson

    What if Samuel J Tilden joined the Republican party?

    Samuel Tilden is best remembered as the Democratic candidate in the 1876 presidential election and for losing narrowly to Rutherford B Hayes. Prior to this, he had been a disciple of Martin Van Buren and was part of the 1848 free soil faction. Tilden returned to the Democrats while many free...
  4. WI: Lincoln Is Elected to the Senate in 1855

    In 1855 Abraham Lincoln ran for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. At a time when Senators were elected by the legislature Lincoln initially did well in early balloting. But when it became clear he didn't have enough votes to win Lincoln bowed out in favor of anti-slavery Democrat Lyman Trumbull...
  5. Electric Monk

    No Pew Brothers? (Think Koch Bros, but mid-century)

    With the caveat that there were plenty doing similar work, what does the removal of the Pew Brothers change in the Republican Party and America? It’s a ton of money and organization applied during key times to shift the Republican Party that’s now gone… you’ve got Goldwater and the religious...
  6. Likely McCain VP Choices in 2000

    Had John McCain been the 2000 Republican presidential nominee, who would've been his likely picks for Vice-President?
  7. Could Taft Have Won in 1952?

    A major reason that Republican leaders supported Dwight Eisenhower for President in 1952 was that they believed the frontrunner, Senator Robert Taft, was unelectable. Taft was widely seen as an isolationist arch-conservative who opposed the New Deal, positions that were very unpopular at the...
  8. In Your Heart, You Know He's Right: Goldwater's America and Beyond

    IN YOUR HEART, YOU KNOW HE'S RIGHT In Your Guts, You Know He's Nuts. Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 PROLOGUE Huh, Barry Goldwater 1964. Wait, what? Barry Goldwater? That's not possible. Well, seems like it is, or will be. I don't know how I'm going to do it yet, but I'm going to figure...
  9. WI: The Bushes Stay in New England

    In 1948, a young George HW Bush had just graduated from Yale and he needed a way to make a living. His uncle offered him a job at a prominent Wall St firm, which would've allowed Bush's family to remain in Connecticut while he worked in NYC. But instead Bush decided to relocate Texas and try his...
  10. WI: Goldwater Doesn't Run in 1964

    Goldwater was reluctant to run in 1964, but conservatives convinced him to enter the race. While Goldwater upset Rockefeller in the primaries, he lost to LBJ in a landslide. Still, Goldwater's candidacy laid the groundwork for the modern GOP. What might've happened had Goldwater not run in 1964?
  11. WI: Reagan the Moderate Republican

    What if Ronald Reagan had been a moderate Republican instead of a conservative?
  12. AHC: The GOP Stays a Progressive Party

    With a POD after 1900, how could the GOP have remained to be the more progressive US political party?
  13. AHC: Dewey vs Roosevelt in 1940

    The frontrunner for the 1940 GOP presidential nomination was Thomas Dewey, but he was upset at the convention by dark horse Wendell Willkie. What if Dewey had won the nomination and gone on to face Roosevelt in November? Does Dewey do any better than Willkie? At the time Dewey was an...
  14. WI: John McCain as a Democrat

    What if John McCain had decided to enter politics as a Democrat, not a Republican? Would he have achieved the same level of political success as in OTL? How far could McCain take his career as a Democrat?
  15. What is the Best that Landon Could Have Done in 1936?

    The 1936 election is famous for FDR's massive landslide against Alf Landon, who only won two states - Vermont and Maine. Is it possible that Landon could have done better against the popular Roosevelt? What is the best possible showing that he could have realistically made in the election?
  16. DBWI: Eisenhower Doesn't Run in 1948

    Despite great reluctance, General Dwight Eisenhower accepted a draft for the Republican nomination in 1948. He defeated his GOP rivals at the party convention and went on to win the Presidency in a landslide. But what if Eisenhower had declined to run?
  17. WI: TR Doesn't Run in 1912

    Theodore Roosevelt originally planned to sit out the 1912 election and wait for 1916. But he later changed his mind and unsuccessfully challenged President Taft in 1912. After being denied the Republican nomination, he ran on the Progressive ticket and came in second place to Woodrow Wilson...
  18. WI Anderson wins MA & VE Primaries in 1980

    On March 4, 1980, less than a week after Reagan had won New Hampshire, Republicans had primaries in Massachusetts and Vermont; in both of these races, Rep John B Anderson managed to come in a very close second place (practically tying with Bush in MA w 31%, and losing to Reagan in VE 29 to 30%)...
  19. Would Jeb Bush Have Beaten John McCain in 2000?

    Similar to another thread I've done on a hypothetical Jeb! vs Gore race, the POD is that - as expected - George W. loses his 1994 race in Texas while Jeb! wins his race in Florida that same year. This sets up the younger Bush brother as the frontrunner for the 2000 Republican Presidential...
  20. The Golden GOP: A History of the “California Liberals” and the United States
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1: Shivering in Shasta

    The 1950 California Senate Election or Shivering in Shasta “It certainly seemed odd to me at the time, I’ll admit. I’d only just recently received the request from Nixon to help him in his Senate campaign, he had plans to test the waters up north or something when I got the call. I was told by...