What If Hillary Won in 2008, and Obama Ran in 2016?

Hillary Clinton almost tied Barack Obama in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. She won 18 million votes in the primaries, just as Obama did. If she won the nomination and picked Obama as her vice presidential choice, the ticket would have undoubtedly sailed through the 2008 election against John McCain and Sarah Palin … Continue reading What If Hillary Won in 2008, and Obama Ran in 2016?

If Romney Won in 2012…

We can only begin to identify "slender threads," turning points or fateful decisions of the Obama presidency because we are not yet privy to behind-the-scenes thinking and internal debates. But at least the short-term consequences of some policies are clear, as Paul Krugman pointed out in an early January 2016 column titled "Elections Have Consequences." Obama's victory … Continue reading If Romney Won in 2012…

If Obama Had Stumbled in Early 2008…

In the Democratic primaries of 2008, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both won about 18 million votes. Obama, in a 2016 interview with Politico.com, acknowledged that Hillary could have easily beat him:  “The truth is, in 2007 and 2008, sometimes my supporters and my staff I think got too huffy about what were legitimate questions … Continue reading If Obama Had Stumbled in Early 2008…

What If John McCain Won the 2008 Election?

White House correspondent Paul Brandus, writing for The Week magazine, speculates how life might be different, and the same, if John McCain had won the 2008 election: "For Republicans who say Obama has been a disaster for America, who swear that things would be a whole lot better if only John McCain and Sarah Palin … Continue reading What If John McCain Won the 2008 Election?