Editor says, what if Donald Rumsfeld had been successful in his bid for the vice presidency in 1975-1976? Please note that considerable amounts of content have been repurposed from Andrew Cockburn's excellent book "Rumsfeld, His Rise, Fall & Catastrophic Legacy" (2007). This article is part of the Beasts thread.
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Editor says, intrigued and horrified by the possibility of a Rumsfeld's Presidency, we discovered the necessary point of divergece by exploring a scenario in Andrew Cockburn's excellent book.
Please note that 1) we have brought forward Rockefellers heart attack by three years.
2) p. 51 Rockfeller insisted that Rumsfeld could not even attend the convention, and therefore we decided to bring forward his fatal heart attack by three years to remove this blocker to a Rumsfeld Presidency.
3) Cockburn suggests that Rumsfelds strategy was to undermine Ford, whereas we reverse this and suggest it was self-promotional.
4) This is our point of divergence to enable a Ford Victory in 1976. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.