What if Humphrey beats Nixon in '68? Does it change Apollo?
50% credit and 50% blame goes to Rob48 for conceiving the scenario.
Here was my answer to Rob:
I got this great question from Rob48 in a another thread. It involves a simple what if question. How would Humphrey's win in 1968 affect the Nixon
Apollo narratives. I have to admit that I am not a big Humphrey expert.
originally posted by: Rob48
Which brings me to a question that intrigues me. Let's say, for the sake of debate, that Nixon had lost the 1968 election. If Hubert Humphrey was
president in 1969, then how would Apollo have panned out, in your view? Let's not forget, the programme was already in full swing when Nixon was
elected. So if Nixon's presidency was so key to the "Apollo hoax", what would they have done if he had lost?
Humphrey had Hughes money in his pocket for the 1968 campaign, just as Nixon did. Hughes was interested in funding both sides of the election so that
no matter who won on November 5, Hughes will have favors to call on the next president.
In Nixon's case, we now know that those favors to Hughes included approval of illegal corporate mergers, e.g. Hughes Airwest; special access to Nixon
White House via Maheu and Rebozo; these favors extend way back to the 1950's, e.g., the Hughes $205,000 loan to Nixon brother Donald, for the
Nixonburger restaurants. We also know how Nixon set up his cabinet and appointees to facilitate the propaganda of "Apollo", most blatantly, selecting
network TV exec Frank Shakespeare to head the USIA... it would be Shakespeare's job to plan the world-wide tours for astronauts ... celebrating the
American conquest of the moon, giving away moon rocks to third world puppet dictators, and showing Apollo films en masse to poorly educated people in
every poor country across the planet. That's good coverage! Humphrey might choose someone else or he might choose Frank Shakespeare. I don't know. We
are dealing with "what-if's".
If Humphrey wins, he's still got debts and favors to pay back to Hughes. Bob Maheu, Hughes #2 man in Nevada, will still be in Las Vegas negotiating
between Hughes and Humphrey's White House, "Iron Bob Maheu" was his nickname (IBM for short) and he's a tough negotiator, ex-CIA, ex-FBI, involved in
the poison pill plot to kill Castro and "IBM" doesn't take no for an answer.
If Humphrey wins he is going to select a democratic cast of characters for his cabinet & appointees, it means that the entire decade of the 1960's
would have been democratic presidencies. Humphrey would have been under extreme scrutiny, more so than Nixon, since Humphrey, if he had won 1968,
would be seen as a continuation of the Johnson administration and that would likely cause Humphrey's administration to be saddled with a lot of very
heavy baggage, ie, body bags.
IF Humphrey wins in 1968, the Apollo timelines would be different, he might have selected different astronauts for the missions. Humphrey I view as
being more timid, less adventurous, than Nixon and Humphrey might have decided after the Apollo 13 accident that NASA would stop the project right
there April 1970.
In my view, Humphrey's first term would be 1) still under Howard Hughes scrutiny and influence 2) way too over burdened with the mistakes of the
Johnson administration (not the glories!) with the perfect example being Gulf of Tonkin leading to the mock war in S.E. Asia 3) Humphrey would know
(via Johnson) that Nixon would continue to remain a threat behind the scenes even if Nixon lost 1968.
Nixon losing in 1968 I think that he would still remain "on the scene" so to speak, paying back his debts to Howard Hughes, one way or another.
Humphrey's first term ends up a failure, with Nixon's help, so then it's looking like Nixon vs Kennedy in 1972? We know that's never gonna happen! One
of them would end up assassinated for sure!
In my view, that's why Nixon tried to take out Teddy so early. July 1969. The 18th of July 1969 to be exact. The assassination attempt at
Chappaquiddick just happens to occur on the same weekend that Neil and Buzz are landing on the moon. That's the weekend some American gangsters were
settling some old scores. Teddy got the message. Obviously there many different views on this subject and this is only my view.
Let's not forget, the programme was already in full swing when Nixon was elected.
Full swing? not quite. Apollo did not get out of low earth orbit until 7 weeks after the 1968 election was decided. James Webb, NASA administrator is
also quitting his long term post during this time bringing in the GE man Thomas O. Paine.
The timing of Apollo 8 TV Genesis bible reading broadcast to America on Christmas eve, it was not insignificant event, because it occurs
coincidentally with the Howard Hughes corporate birthday, December 24th. No matter who wins 1968 the Apollo 8 TV capsule will orbit the moon around
about Howard Hughes birthday, which it did... according to NASA sources.
edit on 4/26/2014 by SayonaraJupiter because: add body bags to add some brutality to these decisions