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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Did prejudice against Mormons help Obama? on: Today at 09:44:12 am
Did anyone vote for Obama or stay home because they weren't willing to vote for a Mormon?
2  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 1980 if Reagan picked Bob Dole as his running mate on: Today at 09:07:17 am
Reagan still wins pretty easily but the election would probably be closer as Dole wouldn't appeal to moderate Republicans as much as Bush did in order to get them on the Reagan train. Anderson probably does a bit better.
Might Carter win Massechusettes?
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The GOP stereotyping Irish people on St. Patrick's Day on: Today at 08:04:23 am
Would the GOP ever win another election if Irish Catholics became a Democratic voting bloc?
4  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Who stayed home or voted for Gore because of Bush's DUI? on: Today at 07:10:06 am
If I remember correctly, I once read that on election night Bush and his whole group with him expected to lose, because of the DUI surprise that they believed would encourage evangelicals to stay home, and when the networks initially called Florida for Gore, Bush basically accepted that he had lost.

Of course, the fact that he ended up not losing, makes you wonder if there was even anything to that. I mean I'm sure there as at least one would-be evangelical Bush voter who did stay home over the DUI, but was it anything substantial? Probably not.
From when it first became clear that Bush was going to run until the DUI came out, it was thought that Bush would win the popular vote and would unambigiously win the Electoral College. The fact that this didn't happen led Rove to conclude that the DUI made a difference.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / 1980 if Reagan picked Bob Dole as his running mate on: Today at 01:21:43 am
Would anything change?
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you could reverse the result of 1 of these elections, which would you choose? on: March 18, 2019, 10:24:37 pm
1988 to make sure a real Liberal was President and to stop the awful Crime Bill and Welfare Reform.
you realize given the recession of the late 80s that we would have gotten a reaganite in '92, right?

you think our crime bill/welfare reform were bad imagine reagan 2.0
If Dukakis won, the lesson politicians would learn is that being "soft on crime" is ok. Also, Cheney would never be Secretary of Defense (and therefore would never be trusted with foreign policy), a Democrat would appoint Thurgood Marshall's replacement, and there wouldn't be a Bush-Hussein rivalry.
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Who stayed home or voted for Gore because of Bush's DUI? on: March 18, 2019, 08:02:09 pm
I read an article suggesting that evangelicals stayed home because of Bush's DUI. Is this true? Did other demographics also stay home or switch parties?
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank Presidents from the Second Party system on: March 18, 2019, 05:45:30 pm
The big problem with ranking these presidents is the only two who did anything substantial in office (Polk and Jackson) did objectively awful things. The rest did little but twiddle their thumbs or die prematurely. The only two I feel somewhat positively about are Taylor and Van Buren, and even they were, um, problematic.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is there a list of all the Attorneys General involved in the Tobacco Settlement? on: March 18, 2019, 12:45:56 am
I would imagine it would just be whoever the AG of a given state was in 1998.

With the exception of the AGs of Texas, Minnesota, Florida and Mississippi, which negotiated separate agreements with the tobacco companies.
What's the best way to find out who was AG of every state in 1998?
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: If you could reverse the result of 1 of these elections, which would you choose? on: March 17, 2019, 09:43:30 pm
1992 with 2000 at a close second. Bush 41 winning a second term means no Republican Revolution, a better end to Somalia,  a better handling of Russia, and a more (well slightly) moderate face on the GOP through the 1990s. 2000 is for obvious reasons.
1992 -giving President George Bush a second term.  We all would have been better off for it. 
Considering the color of your avatars, wouldn't reversing 1988 be a better way to achieve these things?
11  General Discussion / History / When did the GOP start using the phrase "family values"? on: March 17, 2019, 08:04:51 pm
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Is there a list of all the Attorneys General involved in the Tobacco Settlement? on: March 17, 2019, 06:01:11 pm
I know that Christine Gregorie, Skip Humphrey, and Heidi Heitkamp were among them.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Paul LePage: Most of the Democratic Party’s money comes from Jews on: March 17, 2019, 04:40:45 pm
Steyer is Episcopalian.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Lyndon Johnson vs. George W. Bush on: March 17, 2019, 04:20:25 pm
Battle of the Texans who led America into a bad war.
15  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / Paul LePage (R) vs. Ilhan Omar (D) on: March 17, 2019, 01:38:22 am
I'm decided whether to go for 2020 or 2024.
16  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: How much did Appalachia's Trend have to do with the Baby Boomers on: March 16, 2019, 10:33:05 pm
What does "horizontal %" and "vertical %" mean?
17  General Discussion / History / Re: Why were Obama's approval ratings bad in 2014? on: March 16, 2019, 11:56:59 am
Could Sandy Hook and Alex Jones have been factors?
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Out of the announced candidates and E.C candidates how would you vote? on: March 16, 2019, 03:57:43 am
Undecided between Sanders, Warren, and Inslee.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Some lunatic Bernie supporters are blaming Chelsea Clinton for NZ massacre on: March 16, 2019, 03:41:04 am
Let's please not do this thread.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: 2008: Dick Cheney (R) vs Hillary Clinton (D) on: March 16, 2019, 01:49:55 am
Hillary would win because voting for Iraq would be seen as a lesser evil than being the person responsible for Iraq.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How will the 1990s be remembered in the 2050s? on: March 15, 2019, 11:56:30 pm
Nothing was going on in the 90s. The late 90s were abysmal when it comes to creativity in music for example
No offense but this is an objectively extremely ignorant though inexplicably widespread sentiment. Literally the entire world order changed in the 1990s, and I’d argue it’s one of the most important decades, and perhaps THE MOST important decade of the 20th century. The Cold War ended, the Soviet Union collapsed, America became the sole world superpower, Gingrich and Frank Luntz (and Bill Clinton, I guess) lead to a more divisive and coarse politics. Fox News was founded in 1996. With the WTC bombings, the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City bombing, Waco, and others, terrorism (domestic and foreign) became a bigger focus in the public’s eyes. The effing Internet, quite possibly the most world-changing invention in human history, became a thing most people in the developed world had access to. That’s all just off the top of my head.

Music is obviously more subjective but I guess you don’t like rap between NWA and Eminem (so most good rap, which was made in the 90’s), grunge, or R&B (when I say this I’m thinking TLC and Destiny’s Child, which gave us effing Beyoncé, quite possibly the most famous cultural icon of the 21st century). And while Whitney Houston was the ‘80’s, for the most part, The Bodyguard came out in 1992 and it’s soundtrack is fantastic, IMO.
Don't forget Clarence Thomas and Pat Buchanan (a.k.a. Proto-Trump).
22  General Politics / Economics / When did the recession that shaped the 2008 primaries begin? on: March 15, 2019, 06:57:27 pm
I think Iraq was the main political issue throughout most of 2007, but by the time of 2008 Iowa caucuses, everyone was talking about the recession. When did the transition happen?
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Bob Dole's Campaign Website is still functional on: March 15, 2019, 04:55:51 pm
"Neither the United Nations, nor any other international organization or foreign country, will set America's foreign policy agenda. Paring down the U.N. bureaucracy and genuine U.N. reform will be a high priority."

What is this referring to?

Republicans really hated the UN in the 90s. Jesse Helms pushed for a bill that reduce the U.S.' annual payments, but it was all smoothed over by Richard Holbrooke.
Why did the Republicans hate the UN so much at the time?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / How will the 1990s be remembered in the 2050s? on: March 15, 2019, 04:51:18 pm
How will people living in the 2050s view the 1990s? Positively? Negatively?
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democrats only: Which Congress do you think was the worst? on: March 15, 2019, 03:08:36 pm
I'm surprised by the lack of votes for the 104th (two government shutdowns, welfare reform, telecom deregulation), the 105th (impeached Clinton), and the 106th (repealed Glass-Steagall).
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