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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2012, 09:48:20 pm »

A Reagan/Kennedy smackdown would be the ultimate slugfest of alternate historians dreams.

Being a Kennedy, I think Ted would have had a good chance of becoming president.
You're a Kennedy?  How are you related (not to be a stalker or anything, but that's pretty cool Wink.)  Not to go off topic, but my dad once crashed a fundraiser of his when he was in MA (I think it was when he was running against romney in 94.)

Sorry, I did not mean to imply I am KENNEDY. I was referring to Ted being a Kennedy.

If it's any consolation, I am a distant relative of William Jennings Bryan.
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2012, 05:38:14 pm »

Ted Kennedy's biggest obstacle to the White House (besides Chappaquidick) was his lack of interest in the real estate. Considering that he only ran once despite being mentioned as a potential front-runner in every election from 1968 to 1988, it seems pretty clear that Teddy didn't really want to be President. Now I don't mean to say that he wouldn't have liked being President. He would have been the most progressive President since Johnson or FDR. Hard to deny the benefits there. But Ted didn't really want to be President. He didn't have the insatiable urge to win that Nixon or Reagan or the Clinton's had. I would argue that he only ran in 1980 because he saw Carter ripping the Democratic Party (and the nation) apart.

If Kennedy runs, he probably wins the nomination and has a good shot in the general. But I could very well see him deferring to another progressive. I would imagine Scoop Jackson, Gary Hart, Hugh Carey, Dale Bumpers, Walter Mondale, John Glenn, and a slew of other candidates would run if Teddy didn't. Even if Reagan is the GOP nominee (quite likely) the Democrats are still the favorites to win. It was simply a good time to be in opposition, especially with Ford's inability to effectively drive home his message.
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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2012, 08:27:26 pm »

A Reagan/Kennedy smackdown would be the ultimate slugfest of alternate historians dreams.

Being a Kennedy, I think Ted would have had a good chance of becoming president.
You're a Kennedy?  How are you related (not to be a stalker or anything, but that's pretty cool Wink.)  Not to go off topic, but my dad once crashed a fundraiser of his when he was in MA (I think it was when he was running against romney in 94.)

Sorry, I did not mean to imply I am KENNEDY. I was referring to Ted being a Kennedy.

If it's any consolation, I am a distant relative of William Jennings Bryan.

Neat.  So you're a Republican how?
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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2012, 11:27:06 pm »

A Reagan/Kennedy smackdown would be the ultimate slugfest of alternate historians dreams.

Being a Kennedy, I think Ted would have had a good chance of becoming president.
You're a Kennedy?  How are you related (not to be a stalker or anything, but that's pretty cool Wink.)  Not to go off topic, but my dad once crashed a fundraiser of his when he was in MA (I think it was when he was running against romney in 94.)

Sorry, I did not mean to imply I am KENNEDY. I was referring to Ted being a Kennedy.

If it's any consolation, I am a distant relative of William Jennings Bryan.

Neat.  So you're a Republican how?

He is a relative by marriage. Too distant to influence my family politics.

I am a Republican because my dad was a Gary Hart democrat turned Republican and my mother rebelled to my grandmother's right.
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« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2012, 08:42:24 pm »

Haha, understandable.  My Grandma is a Republican beacuse she liked Ike "because he was tall and German" and her husband was a conservative, Strom Thurmond/George Wallace/Reagan Democrat.  My dad's a Mitt Romney Republican now.
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« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2012, 09:37:55 pm »

Haha, understandable.  My Grandma is a Republican beacuse she liked Ike "because he was tall and German" and her husband was a conservative, Strom Thurmond/George Wallace/Reagan Democrat.  My dad's a Mitt Romney Republican now.

Sorry about your dad. Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2012, 04:17:17 pm »

Haha, understandable.  My Grandma is a Republican beacuse she liked Ike "because he was tall and German" and her husband was a conservative, Strom Thurmond/George Wallace/Reagan Democrat.  My dad's a Mitt Romney Republican now.

Sorry about your dad. Smiley

Haha, it's okay, I'm working on him Wink  He's a closet Paulbot, I know it.
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