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    2008 Election Without Iraq or the Recession

    The 2008 US Presidential elections by the failure of the Iraq War and the financial crisis. But what would the election have looked like without these two issues? Who would be the Republican and Democratic nominees? Who would win the election?
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    Was Truman the Only Democrat Who Could've Won in 1948?

    1948 was one of the great upsets in US political history. Just about every poll predicted that Republican Tom Dewey would be elected, yet President Truman narrowly beat him. Historians have attributed this to the Republicans running a bland, passive campaign as a result of their overconfidence...
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    What Should Carter Have Done Differently?

    When he entered office in 1977, Jimmy Carter was a widely popular President. But his hostile relationship with Congress, the faltering economy, the Iran Hostage Crisis, and his poor communication skills caused his support to plummet. In the end he lost the 1980 election in a landslide, leading...
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    WI: Kerry Runs in 2008

    After his narrow loss to George W. Bush in 2004, there was speculation that John Kerry would run again in 2008. But he declined, and instead ran for another term as Senator from Massachusetts. But what if Kerry had run for President again in 2008?
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    WI: Bill Clinton's Father Lives

    Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III. He was named after his father, William Jefferson Blythe Jr. Three months before Bill III was born, his father was killed as the result of a car accident while driving from Illinois to Arkansas. According to Bill Clinton's autobiography, his...
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    WI: Biden Runs in 1992

    What if Delaware Senator Joe Biden had run for President in 1992? What would be his chances of winning the nomination and/or the general election? What might a 1990s Biden administration look like? OP's Note: Please keep this discussion OFF current politics.
  7. WI/AHC: Independent (or at least semi-independent) Philippines, c. 1890-1910

    Inspired by this thread, wherein the subject of American intervention in the Philippines and potential alternatives was brought up... Are there any semi-plausible scenarios for the Philippines to attain independence in the late 1890s or early 1900s? In OTL, Philippine rebellions before the...
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    Could Any Democrat Have Won in 1928?

    In 1928, Democratic New York Governor went down to a crushing defeat at the hands of Republican Herbert Hoover in that year's presidential election. Hoover's landslide victory was attributed to the nation's economic prosperity, as well as bigotry towards Smith's Catholicism and his unpopular...
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    Clinton Resigns in 1998. What Does Gore Do?

    The POD is Bill Clinton resigns over the Lewinsky scandal in 1998, making Al Gore the 43rd US President. How does Gore handle domestic and foreign policy? Can he work with the Republican Congress to get legislation passed? Would he win in 2000?
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    DBWI: Rudy Giuliani Becomes a Republican

    It often comes as a surprise that Rudy Giuliani, one of New York's most influential Democrats, once considered switching parties. In the 1970s, Giuliani flirted with joining the GOP in order to move up the ladder as a federal prosecutor. However, Giuliani decided against this and remained a...
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    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?
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    Reagan's Presidency Without the Assassination Attempt

    How might Ronald Reagan's presidency have been different without the attempt on his life in March 1981?
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    If Elected in 1968, Would RFK Have Been Re-Elected in '72?

    There have been many threads on this site about RFK's last campaign (some of them by me), and whether or not he would have been nominated and/or elected President in 1968. But one thing that's sometimes glossed over is 1972: if (narrowly) elected in 1968, would RFK have been re-elected in 1972?
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    DBWI: Nixon Beats Kennedy in 1968

    After surviving an assassination attempt, RFK beat the odds and won the 1968 Democratic Presidential nomination. While Nixon had an early polling lead, Kennedy ultimately beat him by a narrow margin. What if Nixon had won instead? How might he have handled Vietnam and the problems of the 1970s...
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    What Would America Be Like Without Bill Clinton?

    Suppose that Michael Dukakis, as originally expected, had defeated George H.W. Bush in 1988. This likely butterflies away a Bill Clinton administration. What would America be like without Bill Clinton's presidency?
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    What Would America Be Like Without Ronald Reagan?

    Suppose that Gerald Ford had narrowly won a second term in 1976, and the 1980s are a Democratic decade. This almost certainly butterflies away a Ronald Reagan administration. What would America be like without the Reagan Presidency?
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    WI: John Heinz Lives

    John Heinz was a moderate Republican Senator from Pennsylvania who served from 1977 until his death in a plane crash in 1991. He was thought of as a potential candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1994, and even President of the United States. What if Heinz had lived?
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    WI: LBJ Withdraws Before the 1968 Primaries

    By 1967, LBJ didn't want to run for a second term. He was growing increasingly unpopular, his Great Society programs were stalling in Congress, and his health was on the decline. So he planned on announcing he would step down in his 1968 State of the Union Address. But he didn't want to be a...
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    WI: Reagan the Moderate Republican

    What if Ronald Reagan had been a moderate Republican instead of a conservative?
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    Would Harding Have Been Re-Elected in 1924?

    If President Harding hadn't died in 1923, would he have been re-elected in 1924?