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« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2012, 12:45:14 am »
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Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 but with the caveat that he chooses Herbert Hoover as his running mate.  That way, we could still benefit from TR's policies but when he eventually passes away, Hoover will be ready to take the reigns and usher in a 1919 version of the Marshall Plan at Versailles.
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« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2012, 02:05:32 am »
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Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 but with the caveat that he chooses Herbert Hoover as his running mate.  That way, we could still benefit from TR's policies but when he eventually passes away, Hoover will be ready to take the reigns and usher in a 1919 version of the Marshall Plan at Versailles.

Leaving aside the issues that with Teddy elected in 1912, it is quite likely he lives longer (his health was considerably worsened by the Amazon expedition he undertook after losing in 1912) and that with Teddy in office, the US most likely either enters World War I earlier or not at all, there is one salient problem with that.  Hoover was just a mining engineer in 1912.  A well-read and respected one in his field to be sure, but not well known outside it.  It was his humanitarian efforts during World War I that brought Hoover to notice and stirred his interest in public service.
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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2012, 09:58:10 am »
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1968, easily.
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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2012, 12:18:58 pm »
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Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 but with the caveat that he chooses Herbert Hoover as his running mate.  That way, we could still benefit from TR's policies but when he eventually passes away, Hoover will be ready to take the reigns and usher in a 1919 version of the Marshall Plan at Versailles.

Leaving aside the issues that with Teddy elected in 1912, it is quite likely he lives longer (his health was considerably worsened by the Amazon expedition he undertook after losing in 1912) and that with Teddy in office, the US most likely either enters World War I earlier or not at all, there is one salient problem with that.  Hoover was just a mining engineer in 1912.  A well-read and respected one in his field to be sure, but not well known outside it.  It was his humanitarian efforts during World War I that brought Hoover to notice and stirred his interest in public service.

I think it'd be counter-ballanced by the stress of another term (TR was pretty heavily burdened already), let alone one at war.  And yeah, it might require a bit of wiggling before the actual election, but I think it's doable.  Hoover did support TR in 1912 after all.  Even if it requires more doing than the scope of the thread permits, I think it's worthy of a TL.
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« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2012, 01:42:55 pm »
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Here's another one: what if the power of the 2002 and 2008 recessions switched?
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« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2012, 03:16:52 pm »
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1960. Nixon would have been a better president, and if you butterfly away his defeats in 1960 and 1962 you have a less paranoid and a more confident Nixon, which should butterfly away Watergate. This way, the black voters still go with the GOP and they avoid becoming the "racist" party. Besides, John Kennedy was worse than Nixon morally speaking, and the only things that saved his reputation are the fact that he didn't get caught by the public and his horrible death (at the hands of a lunatic, by the way, not by result of a conspiracy).
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« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2012, 09:02:31 pm »
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Here's another one: what if the power of the 2002 and 2008 recessions switched?

Hillary Clinton runs and wins in 2004 and is re-elected in 2008.  Not so sure about 2012. 
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« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2012, 10:25:00 pm »
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1972 McGovern win would be interesting for the progressive movement
1976 A Ford Victory, Ford being a social moderate would that have stopped the religious rights capture of the GOP? How would he have handled the iran hostage situation?
1984 Vice President Ferraro.....
2000 Of course no brainer Gore victory.
2008 Hillary wins nomination and presidency.....
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« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2012, 11:28:34 pm »
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1992 being first choice; 2008, 1888, and 1932 all get honorable mention.
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« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2012, 12:09:01 am »
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Off the top of my head, '64 Goldwater is probably the one I'd most like to change. Other than that, it's very difficult to think of something which isn't very recent (ie, within my lifetime). McCain '08 comes to mind as well.

In Israel, I'd want to keep Sharon alive and winning the '06 election, clearly...
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« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2012, 12:18:29 am »
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1848 -  Polk runs for a second term, beats Zachary Taylor. Continues on to serve out his entire term.  History forever changed.

Yes!  Polk running, not dying, and getting to serve a full second term would have been wonderful.

But if I can't have that due to the whole him dying thing; then 1876 should have gone to Tilden.
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« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2012, 12:57:37 pm »
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1944: FDR still runs and wins with the notion that he kept Wallace on the ticket. While this would leave Europe in a precarious situation with Stalin's clutching at territory, and likely have seen the invasion of Japan, I believe that Wallace would have eventually turned around in time to oppose Stalin at every chance he got. Though, the consequence here would be that Joe McCarthy would've likely gained far more influence in Congress.
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