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126  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who do you support for president? on: January 30, 2016, 01:59:06 pm
Gloria La Riva
Darryl Cherney
Bernie Sanders
Rand Paul
127  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Paint it Red: The Rise of the American Left (1908-) on: January 30, 2016, 01:49:04 pm

Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge

  The Republican Party was all but kaput. The RNC briefly worked with Chairman Treadway on his original idea to rebuild the GOP, but after months of inaction, it had been clear that it was time to thread the needle. Treadway made a statement on November 5th where he stated that, officially, the GOP would not nominate its own candidate for president. The party would endorse its candidate in the summer preceding the election, and would financially support that person as heavily as possible. From this point on, the RNC now operated as such: an observing financier organization.

  The party most likely to receive this endorsement was undoubtedly the Whigs. The new Whig Party had clear momentum, was growing at the fastest pace of all major political groups in 1927-1928, and most significantly, it had the backing of Wall Street and J.P. Morgan. Whether or not it would find a notable presidential candidate was another story. Minority Leader Frederick Gillett, understanding that he could not win in '28, stated that he would not contest. Another prominent Whig, Leonard Wood, passed away in 1927.

  Only two well-known contenders would run for the Whig nomination. First had been Senator George H. Moses (W-NH). Serving as a Republican since 1918 and re-elected in 1926 as a Whig, Moses worked as one of the "New England Bosses" who helped assure New Hampshire remained in the Republican column. His presidential campaign adhered less to business interests and more to social liberalism, championing the institution of a federal Anti-Lynching bill.

  Similarly to Senator Moses, Senator James Eli Watson (W-IN) served first as a Republican in the nineteen-teens before associating himself with the Whigs. Watson gained fame for writing dozens of House Speaker Joseph Cannon's speeches, effectively becoming his protege. With Cannon's assistance, Watson was propelled into mainstream Indiana politics, eventually winning a seat in the Senate. The Indianan fell perfectly aligned with the Whig Party's message of reduced spending, and announced his presidential intentions proclaiming McAdoo's lower spending was "tepid and superficial". Watson and Moses each campaigned throughout the Midwest and West in order to espouse the Whig Party as a new conservative option for the electorate.

 The Whigs contested most heavily with the Nationalists to gain the Right-Vote. The Nationalist Party was now tied with the Socialists when it came to House seats, and had five senators in office. Frank Lowden was now joined by former Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer and temperance proponent Herman P. Faris in the party's inner-circle. These men coordinated to grow the Nationalist Party into a forceful right-wing organization, not unlike the Austrian National Socialist Bloc.

  It reportedly took weeks of convincing from Lowden and his colleagues, but on January 12th, 1928, former Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge threw his hat into the presidential ring. Coolidge won national acclaim for his handling of the Boston Police Strike, his institution of conservative financial reform, and his consistent championing of smaller government. The governor's endorsement of the Nationalist Party cemented his status as a staunch rightist in 1924 and Lowden benefited greatly from Coolidge's campaign assistance.

  For the Nationalist selection, Calvin Coolidge would run uncontested. Running a campaign similar to his governorship, Coolidge would call for reduced federal government involvement in personal affairs, a restructuring of the tax system, and new foreign policy initiatives to assert U.S. dominance on Central American states. With a wider potential base and an untarnished past, Coolidge would fare better than Lowden had.
128  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton and Sanders agree to 4 more debates on: January 30, 2016, 01:41:10 pm
Wait and see if Sanders wins Iowa. If he doesn't, more debates is a waste of time.
129  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ivanka Trump - Find Your Iowa Caucus Location on: January 30, 2016, 01:39:03 pm
I think she said, "Vote for my father Donald J. Trump," at least five times.
130  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Paint it Red: The Rise of the American Left (1908-) on: January 29, 2016, 10:29:52 pm
Has Hughes, Jr. served as Solicitor General ITTL? If not, what is he doing?

Hm.. Hughes, Jr. would likely be working in corporate law at around this time.
His father has more political maneuvering to do in this timeline, so we'll see about the son pretty soon!
131  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Libertarians do better or worse than 2012 in 2016? on: January 29, 2016, 08:50:19 pm
Better, probably. Would be significantly better if Rand actually campaigned as a libertarian.
132  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Health care experts question Sanders' plan, his campaign starts bitching on: January 29, 2016, 08:48:03 pm
lol @ the comment chain insinuating Sanders' health care proposal is socialist.  
Coming from one, I can assure you that it most certainly is not.

The biggest issue I have personally is the new payroll tax the plan calls for. That in itself should discredit the idea that this somehow is a major beneficiary for workers, not to mention the funding gap. If you already have Medicaid this will mean you will pay more. I believe his heart is in the right place in calling for universal care, but he should spend some more time on this plan.  

Also that politico story is opinionated pro-Hillary trash.
133  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Paint it Red: The Rise of the American Left (1908-) on: January 29, 2016, 08:32:54 pm

Democratic Party Frontrunner, State Secretary James M. Cox

Chapter Ten: The Election of 1928: Follow The Leader

  The election season broke out rather early for the country's expectations, thanks in part to President McAdoo's announcement that he would not seek an additional term in office. McAdoo would continue his presidential reign unstained by the worry of re-election. He would not go too much further in asserting his policies, but did spend his final year working with Congress to draft a minor regulatory bill for Wall Street in order to ensure the future stability of the financial sector.

  The big question for the Democrats was who would be the president's successor. Vice President Copeland was considered too stained by his past in Tammany Hall to be a viable candidate, and he would go on to work with Senator John Hylan (D-NY) after the incumbent president left office. Secretaries Swanson and Bryan who had gained great notoriety for their accomplishments in President McAdoo's administration, each decided against running for the Democratic nomination.

  The role of heir apparent went to State Secretary James M. Cox, who announced his intention to run for the presidency on September 5th. James Cox, once the Democratic governor of Ohio, since became known for retaining international peace and reestablishing relations with Great Britain. Although foreign policy was not the most critical issue going into the next year, Cox's affiliation with the McAdoo Administration would skyrocket him into a clear frontrunner status in early polling.

  Cox was far from the only Democrat hoping to succeed McAdoo. John W. Davis was considered an early favorite for the Democratic nomination, and his unwillingness to state his intentions on the matter fueled speculation that he may run. Davis had been politically inactive following his defeat in 1924, only appearing briefly with Governor Cornwell (D-WV) at a state event. Another Southerner, Senator James A. Reed (D-MO) declared in October that he would be vying for his party's nomination. Reed's entrance took some pressure off of Davis, but the West Virginian was still considered the top-choice of Southern Democrats.

  While Cox represented the middle-of-the-ground establishment and Reed constituted the party's Right, by late fall there had been no liberal Democrats in the race. Leader of the Left Democratic Coalition, Senator David I. Walsh (D-MA), refused to enter the presidential race, as had prominent Representative Oscar Aud der Heide (D-NJ). It fell to center-left Representative Alben W. Barkley (D-KY) to lead the Fitzgerald cause for a proactive government. Barkley would declare his intention to run on December 2nd, but would struggle to gain notoriety outside of Kentucky.

  A "Draft Ford" Movement also took off towards the final months of 1927 with the goal of pushing Senator Henry Ford (D-MI) to run for president. Ford had acted out explicitly against the majority of the party on more than one occasion (Most significantly during the aforementioned budget debate) and was treated more as an independent than a Democrat by those who knew him. Ford would stick to silence on the presidency, ignoring any questions on his personal ambitions throughout the year.

  Other, more unknown Democrats who declared presidential aspirations were Texas businessman Jesse H. Jones, Wyoming Governor Nellie T. Ross, and Senator Joseph T. Robinson (D-AK). Much to the disappointment of his colleagues, former Governor Al Smith, lacking the funds for a national campaign, would campaign for Royal Copeland's old Senate seat in 1928 instead of the presidency.
134  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who won the main Fox debate? on: January 28, 2016, 11:24:49 pm
Megyn Kelly
135  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:58:13 pm
Worst concluding line goes to Carson for just reading the Preamble.
136  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:38:18 pm
shout out to the Belgiums
137  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:31:11 pm
Rubio endorsing Jesus for VP
138  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:27:14 pm
This debate needed far more Jim Gilmore.
139  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:20:42 pm
Rubio: "You can't elect Bernie Sanders! He is a socialist who likes Sweden! He'll change the national anthem to ABBA's Dancing Queen!"
140  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:13:05 pm
Carson interrupted from his nap.
141  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 10:06:43 pm
Fox destroying Cruz on immigration.
142  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:56:03 pm
Charlie Crist confirmed liberal by Rubio.
143  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:52:16 pm
Rand Paul with the best answer of the debate on the War on Drugs.
144  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: TRUMP SUPER-MEGA-AWESOME WOUNDED VETERAN FUNDRAISER 9PM EST *live commentary* on: January 28, 2016, 09:41:51 pm
Santorum and Huckabee confirmed as Trump Underlings
145  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:32:57 pm
Moderators angry at Trump and taking it out on the candidates on stage.
146  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:22:04 pm
Cruz: "I will very very much destroy ISIS and rebuild our military"
Rubio: "I will ultra-destroy ISIS and SUPER rebuild our military!"
Cruz: "SUPER MEGA MILITARY BUILD-UP!"
147  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:13:59 pm
Paul cheerleaders ready to applaud at every mention of their candidate,
148  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:09:18 pm
Bush wants to give his brother a warm kiss
149  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 09:07:24 pm
Two minutes ago Cruz: "Trump would call me a maniac and fat lolol"
Now Cruz: "I have never insulted Donald Trump personally."

huh?
150  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Fox News Channel Des Moines, IA 1st tier debate @9pm ET **live commentary thread** on: January 28, 2016, 08:03:22 pm
Either everyone goes right for Trump's jugular or this race is over.
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