Alt History asks the question what-if. Such as what if the Confederacy was given AK-47s by time-traveling South Africans as in Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South or what if the Japanese had conducted a third strike on the morning of December 7th as in the Gingrich-Forstchen novel Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th.
So here is my alt history question of the day: what if upon graduating from the University of Missouri Shannon Watts (or whatever her maiden name was back then) had taken a job with local firm Midway USA instead of going to work as a communications staffer for then Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-MO)?
That question leads to a whole host of other questions such as:
Would she have still ended up working for Monsanto, GE Healthcare, and Wellpoint as a PR flack?
Would she have more readily identified with down home Americans like Larry and Brenda Potterfield rather than being billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s BFF?
Would she have respected gun owners and their rights or would she still have used a Connecticut tragedy to reestablish her moribund PR career?
Would we see her inside the Indiana Convention Center during the NRA Annual Meeting or outside of it protesting?
I’m sure you can come up with your own series of follow-on what-if questions to my alt history question of the day.