No, this is not about the US government postponing the election, it would probably be held. But what if the attack on the WTC would have been postponed about 3 years? No war in Afghanistan, that's for sure and probably also no war in Iraq (reason: missing pretext). How would the presidency of GWB have played out if he didn't have to respond to a singular and unprecedented event until the year of possible(?) re-election? Remember what was a hot topic, excluding 9/11 and the consequences: -Enron -Bush's tax break for the rich, tax break for companies -opening of protected areas to the oil drilling industry -refusal to sign the Kyoto protocoll -tariffs on imported steel -scrapping of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty -Bush cutting funding to UNFPA (UN Population Fund, for family planning, sex-education, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, combatting violence against women and fighting for equality for women) -same-sex marriage in some states -medicare act (prohibiting negotiation of drug prices while subsidizing the pharmaceutical companies) -budgeting of about 400 billion $ for defense (cold war level) -no-child left behind act -at first granting funding to stem cell research and then severly cutting the possibilities for religious reasons -Great Lakes Act and Brownfields Act to clean up pollution and Healthy Forest Initiative -reduction of funding of natural desaster aid (except Florida in the election year) Things that would not have been possible: -Patriot Act -War in Afghanistan -War in Iraq -Alienation of foreign countries, international isolation How do you think the eleciton race would look like if you only had those topics to decide?