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"Hipster" Politicians Thread


H. F. Samuel was a four time political candidate in Idaho. He ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor in 1918 (losing 60-40), then (after the primary was abolished, and the Idaho Non-Partisan League reconstituted itself as a political party), as the Progressive Party nominee in 1922 and 1924, losing both times by narrow margins (40-32 the first time, and 44-39 the second, both to the Republican candidate). He also ran in 1926 for Senate, losing 45-30 to the Republican Party.

If the political graveyard is to be believed, his full name was Henry Floyd Samuels, he was a lawyer, the Shoshone County Attorney from 1898 to 1900, worked in zinc, lead, and silver mining, build a hotel, and was a banker. He was born in 1869 and died in 1948 at the age of 79.

Now, I'm not saying if he'd won in 1918, or any of the subsequent attempts, that would put him on the fast-track to the Presidency, but his political sustainability, getting between 30 to 40% of the vote as a Democrat or Progressive, tells me he had a strong base in the state. Maybe in a world where the Democrats and Progressives achieved some kind of agreement in the state, or across the west, he could have become a Burton K. Wheeler type of western Senator, powerful, occasionally talked about for President, and maybe even a candidate for VP (as a Democrat or as a Progressive).

Time Enough

"Enthusiastic Cis Male Partner"
Just going to put a couple of figures here;

Ken Coates: A Nottinghamshire Trotskyist and a Left Wing MEP (he defected to the Nordic Green Left Group in reaction to Blair) Ken actually has a pretty decent chance of getting into Parliament as he was the candidate for Nottingham South in 83’ which he lost. But if there wasn’t a substantial swing to the Tories, No Thatcher or No Wilderness Years there a strong possibility that Ken Coates would get in. Given his organisational abilities and Intellectual abilities and all that, there’s a strong chance that he becomes the Leader of the Labour Left as a reaction to Bennism etc.

John Peck: John Peck was a colourful character, a prominent member of the CPGB in Nottinghamshire he did a lot of trade Union work, stood in 37 elections and was elected as a Communist City Councillor for Bulwell East. Whilst not someone who would have gotten far even in a Communist wins scenario (he was too independently minded and a EuroCommunist for that) he does have all the groundings for an Independent MP in a ‘Right Wing Labour’ scenario or someone that does a ‘Bernie Sanders’ and becomes the Independent Mayor/Head of Nottingham/Nottinghamshire if there was a elected position for the role.


Well-known member
- Nilde Iotti: arguably the foremost woman in the Italian Communist Party. Daughter of a trade union activist, Iotti grew up under the Fascist regime and joined the Communist partisans in 1943. She was elected to the Constituent Assembly at age 26 and subsequently the Chamber of Deputies, of which she remained a member for the rest of her life. Though initially best-known as the partner of Palmiro Togliatti until his death in 1964, Iotti was a tireless campaigner for progressive causes such as divorce and abortion. In 1979, she was elected as the first female President of the Chamber of Deputies. She went on to serve for a record thirteen years. In this position, she was one of the most senior figures of not only her party, but the Italian state itself, and handled her responsibilities with appropriate dignity. She was adored by her comrades and respected by her opponents, and accrued various nicknames such as "the tsarina" and "the Red Queen". After the collapse of the Christian Democrat-led coalition in 1987, Iotti became the first and only Italian Communist to be offered a mandate to form a government by the President. Seeing nothing but trouble given the political situation, she turned it down. After the PCI's reformation into the PDS and its severe losses in the 1992 election, Iotti left office as President of the Chamber, but remained in parliament. The next month, she was submitted as her party's candidate for President of the Republic. She dropped out after the eighth of sixteen rounds in the messy contest, peaking at 256 votes in the fourth round - the most of any candidate, though well short of the absolute majority required to win. Iotti died in 1999 as the longest-serving member of parliament. Her comrade Walter Veltroni broke the news to the media with the words: "Even the most beautiful stars fall from the sky."

- Annemarie Renger: the first woman to become President of the Bundestag and the Grande Dame of German social democracy. Renger's life parallels Iotti's in many ways. Born in 1919 to parents who were both members of the SPD, Renger was forced out of school after the Nazis came to power. She lost three of her brothers and her husband to the war. After its end, she became a close confidante and later partner to SPD leader Kurt Schumacher. During the 60s she was a member of the party executive, and from 1969-72 was manager its Bundestag faction. After Willy Brandt led the SPD to a smashing victory in 1972, Renger was elected as the new President of the Bundestag. She became not only the first woman and first Social Democrat to hold this position, but the first woman to serve as presiding officer of any democratic parliament in the world. Though she served for only four years before the SPD fell back to second place in 1976, Renger cultivated respect and reputation in her position. After her election, she declared: "I have achieved what I sought to do - it has been shown that a woman can do it." She was immensely dignified and held tight to formality, famously chiding freshman deputy Gerhard Schröder over his failure to wear a necktie after being elected in 1980. She was nominated for Federal President in 1979 and placed second to the CDU's Karl Carstens. Renger remained one of the Vice-Presidents of the Bundestag from 1976 until her retirement in 1990.

- Toni Sender: one of the most prominent female politicians of the Weimar Republic and a leading figure on the SPD's left-wing. Though born to a bourgeois family, she rejected a privileged domestic life and joined the SPD in 1910 at the age of 21. She was expelled from the party in January 1917 due to her anti-war activism and co-founded the USPD. She enthusiastically joined the November Revolution in 1918 and helped spread it to Frankfurt with frightening speed, convincing local unions to call a general strike and assisting in radicalising the local garrison, who then arrested the city's chief of police. She was highly critical of the new republic in the following years, but refused to join the KPD in 1920, and reluctantly followed the rump USPD back into the SPD in 1922. A tireless activist, Sender dedicated herself to numerous areas of work, including in the Reichstag, the party, and as editor of the SPD's most prominent women's publications. She was a staunch feminist and refused to limit herself to traditionally female spheres of work, becoming an expert in finance, foreign affairs, and the particularly masculine field of military policy. Though clearly aligned with the party's left-wing, she was popular among the moderate leadership due to her understanding and willingness to compromise. In the face of the Depression, she advocated major economic reform toward a planned economy. As the end of the republic drew closer, Sender fruitlessly called for the Iron Front to be mobilised in its defence; even after Hitler's appointment as Chancellor, she declared "it is better to be defeated in battle than lose without struggle." She was acutely targeted by Nazis and, fearing imminent arrest by the SA, fled the country on the day of the March 1933 election. She made her way to the United States where she was active as a journalist and, after the war, in the labour movement. She never returned to Germany.

- Marina Weisband: one of the most prominent members of the German Pirate Party during its short-lived heyday. Born in Kiev in 1987, her family moved to Germany in 1994 under a policy which allowed Jews in the former USSR to apply for refugee status. She joined the Pirate Party in 2009 when the movement was on the rise, and was elected as federal managing director in May 2011, just a few months before the party suddenly emerged onto the national stage following the Berlin state election. She became its most popular and well-known figurehead, making many public appearances and gathering a following with her casual demeanor. She promoted transparency in politics and media, a guaranteed basic income, and reforms to strengthen and expand the education system. Above all, she emphasised that the Pirate Party was not a protest or single-issue party, but advocated for a fundamentally new approach to politics. All was not well, however, and she distanced herself from other prominent party leaders over issues of antisemitism and right-wing extremism. In early 2012 she resigned as managing officer in order to focus on her studies, and largely disappeared from the national stage as the party's fortunes declined (though her own reputation remained untarnished.) She quietly left the party in 2015, convinced that it had become dominated by conservative forces. She returned to politics in late 2018 as a member of the Greens, and in September 2020 made her first media appearance in several years, discussing foreign policy alongside Heiko Maas and Gregor Gysi on a prominent talk show.
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