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Editor says, what if Robert Taft had run against Harry Truman in 1952? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Alternate Nations thread.
In 1952,on this day Senator Robert Alphonso Taft of Cincinnati was declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election.
President TaftHe had campaigned on an isolationist platform, correctly calculating the shift in national sentiment that had been brought about by the Korean War.
America was no longer a nation in uniform. And so his Democratic opponent General Dwight Eisenhower was seen as a man likely to keep America entangled in world affairs, an anachronistic throwback to his glory days of Second World War.
But more worrying still was his choice of running mate, the fervent anti-communist Richard Milhous Nixon. The possibility that Ike might threaten to bring nuclear weapons into the conflict was a real concern. A much larger concern was that prospect that the inexperienced Nixon might do so should Ike's faltering health collapse unexpectedly. Ironically, within eighteen months Taft himself was dead and Joseph McCarthy entered the White House.
Editor says, in this post we explore a variant prequel of three semi-convergent articles "President Taft Dies" and "Truman triumphs in '52" by Robbie Taylor and Eric Lipps, respectively. We also weave in our recent article of "Nixon the Democrat". Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.