Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
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Mitt Romney in both the "Dynast" and "Happy Days" endings of 1972 Romney ends up being elected to the old positions his father served in. In "Dynast", he becomes Senator for Utah and "Happy Days" has him win the 1996 Election to become the first son president since John Quincy Adams. Hoover election scenario: https://www.reddit.com/r/thecampaigntrail/comments/oha5p4/1932_modded_scenario_v10_playable_hoover/
The Scrappy: Douglas, in-universe. A few presidents also occupy this spot for a time - Harry Truman and Gerald Ford are not popular at all at the start of their runs, and George H. W. Bush is seen as tainted by the Iran-Contra scandal as vice-president. no playboy interview: https://www.reddit.com/r/thecampaigntrail/comments/p166c3/1976_no_playboy_interview_mod/ In the 1924b scenario which follows from the 1916 scenario, James Reed, the Democratic nominee, is brutally far behind popular incumbent Leonard Wood. The intended only way to win is to organize a meeting with Henry Ford, who will then get Reed in touch with Joseph Goebbels himself, allowing Reed to use the Nazi propaganda machine to drag Wood down enough to steal a victory, with the end screen even saying Reed plans to do Hitler's bidding in America. This suggests a rather grim outcome for the future of the United States.
McGovern election scenario: https://www.reddit.com/r/thecampaigntrail/comments/ou797b/1972_mcgovern_mod/ In 1860 both playable candidates have to deal with slave-owning radicals in control of the South. In 1864 this is even more of a problem since they have already risen up and the Union has fought for three bloody years against the Confederacy in a Civil War.
meme election scenario: https://www.reddit.com/r/thecampaigntrail/comments/o37lwd/1820_joke_mod_can_you_win_reelection_as_monroe_by/ The "Dynast" ending of 1972 Romney, earned by stabilizing the economy and successfully withdrawing from Vietnam while still losing the election. Despite George Romney losing in a landslide after his Humiliation Conga of a presidency, a young Donald Rumsfeld offers him Utah's open senate seat thanks to most Utahns having a good opinion of the Mormon president. Romney, having nothing to lose and wanting to desperately redeem himself, takes up the offer and enjoys a long twenty-year career in the Senate before passing away in 1995. At his state funeral, all of his presidential successors (including Muskie) note Romney's positive reputation as the conscience of the Republican Party and everyone in attendance agrees that George was a brilliant senator and fine president. The picture of Mitt with George also implies that, after his father's death, he would run for George's old senate seat.Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Averted: slavery is a campaign issue in antebellum runs. However, suggestions of reopening the Atlantic slave trade cannot be embraced, only dismissed or used as evidence the adversaries cannot compromise. However, prior to 1860 taking too hard a stance against the "peculiar institution" will rarely go well.
James A. Reed in 1924b, whose populist railing against president Wood's government is the only thing that gives him a chance. If he does well, he can compete with Wood in the south and west, but most likely his hot blooded extremist nature and segregationist beliefs will restrict his influence to the Deep South.Depending on your interpretation, this can be almost always. Yes, you won it all and made it to the presidency, but who and what did you have to sacrifice to do it? How much will you actually be able to do for people, how many promises can you deliver on, who did you have to abandon along the way? Conversely, if you lost the game due to principled stands, you may have stayed true to who you are, but you'll not be able to do much with that - likely returning to a Senatorship or Governorship, or even lower down the rungs. Based? Based on what? Quit being an edgelord, you just messed up so badly lmao. Have fun meeting with President Landon while in the Senate LOL."