Or, conversely, if he had been shot dead?
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Hinkley’s assassination attempt. Listening to the retrospective on NPR (or was it BBC NewsHour on my NPR station?) about how Reagan joked with the surgeons, etc., to gain sympathy and goodwill that he probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. How did this change his presidency and chances of re-election?
Or, what if GHW Bush had become president in '81, not '89?