Incredibly Busy Trying To Kill Everyone
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I’m not sure what you mean about Maine since Bush was from Massachusetts originally and grew up in Connecticut, by the 1970s Bush was living in New York, so could easily switch his registration. Not the most plausible thing, perhaps, but as I said the structures of plausibility weren’t the intended goal of the list. I agree re: Connally rivalry, but my thinking is that this is the influence of residual Nixonism in the GOP (including Nixon’s frequently stated desire to be suceeeded by Connally!)I like this but unless Bush moves back to Maine, he can’t put Connally - a long-time rival, I think, at least from Connally’s point of view - on the ticket.
1997-2005: Bruce Babbitt (Democratic)
1996 (with Winthrop P. Rockefeller) def. Bay Buchanan (Republican), George S. McGovern (Citizens')
'Past the end of history'
Under Babbitt the United States has "corrected its course", rejoining the NATO command structure and strengthening its links with Britain and France, whilst also pursuing a detente with a increasingly military ruled China. Likewise, Babbitt has ruthlessly embraced free trade and the "age of neoliberalism" to produce a shock to the economy and rapid "economic rejuvenation". With Japan's economy flagging after a demographic downward spiral and with the Soviet Union now facing brutal insurgencies in Central Asia, semi-violent secession in the Baltics, and a war with far-right Ukrainian nationalists, the Eurasia of the early 2000s, if still a threat to the United Staes has long squandered its moment of "near hegemony". Yet if the "Babbitt miracle" has allowed the US to escape from the economic doldrums of the 1970s and 80s, it has come at a dreadful cost. Unemployment remains high despite a record rate of economic growth, and if the United States has become competitive on the world stage, it has been by outsourcing labour and undercutting domestic labour rights. As Babbitt gears up for the 2000 election, it is clear that he has yet to forge a new consensus: GOP rising stars John Bush and Elizabeth Warren may still be battling it out for the nomination, but they can agree on one thing, no Republican government would allow such flagrant undercutting of the American worker, the backbone of a strong and free United States.
Interesting - why Crossley?found this cleaning out my computer, might delete later idk
1969-1973: Richard M. Nixon / Randolph A. Crossley (Republican)
1968: Hubert H. Humphrey II / Fred R. Harris (Democratic), George C. Wallace, Jr. / Curtis E. LeMay (American Independent)
1972: John V. Lindsay / Joseph M. Montoya (Democratic)
1973-1973: Randolph A. Crossley / vacant (Republican)
1973-1977: Randolph A. Crossley / James L. Buckley (Republican)
1977-1985: James L. Buckley / William D. Dyke (Republican)
1976: Fred R. Harris / Mario Biaggi (Democratic)
1980: John D. Rockefeller IV / Howard Metzenbaum (Democratic), Eugene J. McCarthy / D. Wayne Owens (New Left)
1985-: George S. McGovern / Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (Democratic)
1984: William D. Dyke / Pietro V. Domenici (Republican)
Think Crossley was meant as a bit of an Agnew substitute - elected governor in ‘66 in the ATL and had some history with Nixon.
I just found out today that during his time as Governor, Babbitt sent in the National Guard to bust the Phelps Dodge miners' strike, so this is a synchronicitous (and very good) pick.
Interesting - why Crossley?
I'm glad you liked it!Tolkein as leader of some sort of Eco-Paternalist State using tree names as factions is amazing.
Ralph Bakshi? That's brilliant.
I'm assuming the 'Oaks' are sort of a broadly conservative faction on the new political centre, the 'Ashes' are the more socially liberal inclined sort, the 'Thorns' are a sort of workers first hardline protectionist grouping and the 'Elms' are a sort of 'Progressive' party in the modern sense of the term?