Okay, so... Kennedy lives, but (and this is important, and was underlined in the comic), was aware of the attempt on his life, likely making him more inclined towards paranoia and suspicion of others.
Now, I'm Liberal McBleedyheart, but I've always regarded Kennedy's short stint in the White House as a middling affair. For serious left-wingers, Johnson was much better, though both men shared blame for the fiasco in Vietnam. So what does a living Kennedy actually get us (noting that obviously, this is all speculative beyond even the normal parameters for these forums).
1: I see Vietnam escalating even faster, and Kennedy's overall ambition of wiping out Communist influences becoming a major deal. Another effort at invading Cuba would not be out of the question.
2: Paranoia could lead Kennedy to a positively Nixonian approach to his enemies. If we don't invade Cuba, I could see him stepping up efforts to assassinate Communist leaders, especially Castro. And if he turns that internally, maybe striking down both Republican opponents and leftist dissidents.
3: And yeah, Johnson becomes a bit less effective, likely delaying the Civil Rights Act. This is doubly true if the CIA is used to acquire and release proof of MLK, Jr's long-alleged affair--thereby massively discredit the movement just as it's beginning.
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