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CaughtintheMiddle1990
03-17-2011, 04:33 AM
If you could go back in time to each of these years, who might you have voted for?

For me:

1900: William McKinley
1904: Theodore Roosevelt
1908: William H. Taft
1912: Theodore Roosevelt
1916: Charles Evan Hughes (possibly no American involvement in WWI)
1920: Warren G. Harding (Or, if he had lived, Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy died in 1919, but there was strong support in the GOP for a 1920 run by Teddy and he wanted it and he would've won).
1924: Calvin Coolidge
1929: Herbert Hoover
1932: Franklin Roosevelt
1936: Franklin Roosevelt
1940: Franklin Roosevelt
1944: Franklin Roosevelt. FDR was sickly, but I don't know that Dewey would've finished WWII as well as Roosevelt and Truman did.
1948: Harry S. Truman
1952: Dwight Eisenhower
1956: Dwight Eisenhower
1960: Richard Nixon (we might've avoided the Cuban Missile Crisis)
1964: Lyndon Johnson
1968: Richard Nixon
1972: Richard Nixon
1976: Gerald R. Ford (no Carter. Ford deserved a real term of his own).
1980: George H.W. Bush (if he got the nomination).
1984: Ronald Reagan
1989: George H.W. Bush
1992: Bill Clinton (I don't think Bush I had any real ideas of what to do with his second term, to be honest. Not a slight at the man, but he himself admitted he lacked "the vision thing.)
1996: Bill Clinton (Dole wouldn't have been much better. Lesser of two evils vote, really)
2000: George W. Bush
2004: George W. Bush (John Kerry was too much of a flake)
2008: Mitt Romney (had he gotten the nomination)

noonwitch
03-17-2011, 07:47 AM
I would have preferred Gary Hart to Mondale in 1984, before the Monkey Business scandal happened.

If I had been 2 years older in 1980, I would have voted for Anderson.

NJCardFan
03-17-2011, 09:52 AM
I would have preferred Gary Hart to Mondale in 1984, before the Monkey Business scandal happened.

If I had been 2 years older in 1980, I would have voted for Anderson.

Anderson was a hack. He knew he would never beat Reagan in a primary so he went independent. He was also a RINO and ran on that platform. This is why he was soundly defeated.

noonwitch
03-17-2011, 10:54 AM
Anderson was a hack. He knew he would never beat Reagan in a primary so he went independent. He was also a RINO and ran on that platform. This is why he was soundly defeated.



1980 is when the right took over the GOP. Anderson was the guy who was representing the traditional republicans that were being overthrown by the religious right. My parents liked him, that was before my mom became a super liberal. Anderson was a lot like the GOP governor of Michigan at the time, Milliken.

CaughtintheMiddle1990
03-17-2011, 10:57 AM
What noonwitch said. Before '80 the GOP was a relatively moderate party, with (in the 50s-70s) a large liberal wing and (from the 70s onward) a growing conservative wing.

linda22003
03-17-2011, 02:21 PM
Well, I couldn't have voted in the first five elections you list. :mad:

Rebel Yell
03-17-2011, 02:34 PM
Well, I couldn't have voted in the first five elections you list. :mad:

Seems like I remember you saying the first election you participated in you voted for a fellow Virginian, something about his actions on the Potomac.:confused:

linda22003
03-17-2011, 02:35 PM
Seems like I remember you saying the first election you participated in you voted for a fellow Virginian, something about his actions on the Potomac.:confused:

I was referring to the fact that women couldn't vote until 1920. Perhaps you hadn't heard. ;)

Rebel Yell
03-17-2011, 02:42 PM
I was referring to the fact that women couldn't vote until 1920. Perhaps you hadn't heard. ;)

Really? So that's when it all started going downhill. Next thing you know, y'all will want wear pants, too.

linda22003
03-17-2011, 04:08 PM
Really? So that's when it all started going downhill. Next thing you know, y'all will want wear pants, too.

My husband says the descent began not with women voting, but with the self-starting automobile. Then women could go anywhere they wanted. :D

fettpett
03-17-2011, 04:18 PM
My husband says the descent began not with women voting, but with the self-starting automobile. Then women could go anywhere they wanted. :D

sadly, he's probably correct ;) :p :D

Chuck58
03-17-2011, 04:39 PM
I'd probably have gone with Jefferson Davis back in 1860.

As for the list presented, I pretty much agree. In 1960 I'd have gone with Nixon.
Then, Republican to 1968.

1968 was my first time voting. I voted American Independent Party - George Wallace.

In 1972, I voted for Nixon, and would vote for him again. I've voted Republican in every Presidential election since, even biting my lip til it bled in 2008 to vote for mccain.

My reason, I haven't seen a democrat that I liked or agreed with since becoming eligible to vote.