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    Andrew Landingham D-Ohio 13th

    MR. LANDINGHAM!!
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    Guys, real talk, if you're 18 and a U.S. resident y'all outta vote! Regardless of party, just do it! Seriously! Vote! Now!
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    Crystal Ball Game 2018

    House of Reps Q1: How many house seats will each party have following the election? This is the straightforward one. 222 for the Dems, 213 for the GOP Q2: How many races will be "too close to call" as of midnight Pacific Time? 25 seats Q3: Surprise! Which incumbent will be the most surprising person booted from office? The winner is determined by a casual glance at news coverage, so make sure it is a big name! Bob Menendez US Senate Q4: What will be the party breakdown of the US Senate following the election? 50-50 Q5: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Arizona: Sinema (D) v McSally (R) Florida: Nelson (D) v Scott (R) Indiana: Donnelly (D) v Braun (R) Missouri: McCaskill (D) v Hawley (R) Montana: Tester (D) v Rosendale (R) Nevada: Rosen (D) v Heller (R) North Dakota: Heitkamp (D) v Cramer (R) Texas: O'Rourke (D) v Cruz (R) West Virginia: Manchin (D) v Morrisey (R) Q6: Pick a race not listed in Q5 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. Leah Vukmir pulls an upset for the ages with Wisconsin voting Baldwin out by a close margin. The prevailing narrative would be about voter suppression and high focus would be on voter ID laws like some were speculating last cycle. State Governors Q7: What will be the party breakdown of governors following the election? Q8: Call Each Race. Percentages are optional. Florida: Gillum (D) v DeSantis (R) Georgia: Abrams (D) v Kemp (R) Kansas: Kelly (D) v Kobach (R) Nevada: Sisolak (D) v Laxalt (R) Ohio: Cordray (D) v DeWine (R) Wisconsin: Evers (D) v Walker (R) (Note on this, I have seen four Evers ads for every one Walker ad that I've seen...I'm predicting MASSIVE numbers for Evers in the 18-30 y/old range. Q9: Pick a race not listed in Q8 that will be an upset. Bonus: Tell us the narrative we hear from it. Johnson defeats Waltz in the Minnesota race. It'd have the same narrative as my Vukmir win prediction. Other Q10: Predict something absurd. This is open territory. The more specific, the better. Every single result will be the exact same as the latest RCP poll. Why this? Because the polls are, nine times out of ten, incorrect.
  4. Prologue: August 9th, 1974 would be a date unlike any other in American history. The 37th President of the United States resigned amidst a tumultuous second term. While his environmental protection laws, further severing Sino-Soviet Relations by commencing a Sino-American dialogue, and concluding the decade-long Vietnam War and three-decades-long American intervention in mainland Southeast Asia, and his record-breaking 1972 reelection would make Richard Milhous Nixon a name to be remembered in history books, now his name would become instantly recognizable with the Watergate Affair. Congressional leader Representative Gerald Rudolph Ford would find himself at the helm of a terrified nation. President Ford would declare that the "long, national nightmare is over." President Ford had not been voted by the American public, not on any Presidential nor Vice Presidential slot. However, due to a Constitutional amendment, a Vice President not voted by the American people can instead come to power via Congress. Spiro Agnew resigned one year prior in a separate, yet equally toxic scandal involving tax evasion as Governor of Maryland. Agnew would step down, and Ford would take his place. Now, it was Nixon's turn to step down for rhe 38th President of the United States: Gerald Rudolph Ford. President Ford managed a declining economy, spurred on from an economic crisis when Nixon was re-elected three years prior. After a Cabinet reshuffling a few months into his term, Gerald Ford looked unlikely to win re-election, yet Gerald Ford was nothing if not determined. Gerald Ford would pass a tax cut in an effort to stimulate national growth. It marginally worked, though it appeared that President Ford would have more problems. The City of New York looked to be on the verge of bankruptcy, had it been for an eleventh-hour bailout. Ford would face Conservative backlash for this, but none greater would be his detailed clemency of Richard Nixon for conspiracy to commit a crime. Ford would be under fire for this entire ordeal, with many claiming his Presidency was a corrupt bargain between Nixon and Ford. Further controversy would emit from a clemency program Ford would institute for Vietnam "draft dodgers." Many Conservatives would continue to be incensed by his fervent support of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would be passed by the states and added as the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Campaign finance reform would find support from the President, with the formation of the FEC occurring in Ford's Presidency. The 1976 Presidential election would come quickly, with an incensed Conservative base angry at the President for the pardoning of Nixon, Draft Dodger clemency, the ERA, the NYC Bailout, appointing Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President, supporting campaign finance reform, and continuing detente with the Soviets. Many rallied behind former California Governor Ronald Reagan, the charismatic arch-conservative. Despite the primary campaign continuing on into the convention, President Ford made a key play by selecting Tennessee Senator Howard Baker as his Vice President. Reagan would end his campaign in support of the President. Employing a so-called "Rose Garden Strategy," Ford took to the White House for his claim for re-election. Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter would hail from Georgia, while his Vice Presidential nominee, Senator John Glenn, would offend few in the party already apprehensive about selecting the unknown former Georgia Governor. Governor Carter began the general election campaign with a truly monstrous lead. However, a highly regrettable interview with Playboy magazine gave headache after headache for the Democrats when the honest, Southern gentleman admitted that he had indeed "committed adultery in [his] heart." The situation would become even worse for the Democrats when it looked like the economy was quickly recovering, despite the energy crisis being only marginally less worse. President Gerald Ford had a confusing moment in the debates when he nearly made a gaffe and made an awkward cleanup. Regardless, it looked like Gerald Ford was headed for a comeback not seen since Harry S. Truman. The question was if he could pull it off. U.S. Presidential election, 1976 President Gerald Ford, R-Michigan/Senator Howard Baker, R-Tennessee, 277 electoral votes, 49.1% of the popular vote Former Governor Jimmy Carter, D-Georgia/Senator John Glenn, D-Ohio, 261 electoral votes, 48.8% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 1980 Senator Gary Hart, D-Colorado/Senator Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, 325 electoral votes, 50.3% of the popular vote Vice President Howard Baker, R-Tennessee/Senator Robert Dole, R-Kansas, 213 electoral votes, 48.8% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 1984 President Gary Hart, D-Colorado/Vice President Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, 375 electoral votes, 52.4% of the popular vote Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kansas/Former Director of the CIA George H.W. Bush, R-Texas, 163 electoral votes, 47.1% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 1988 Governor Mario Cuomo, D-New York/Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, 371 electoral votes, 50.5% of the popular vote Former Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, R-Kansas/Governor Bill Clements, R-Texas, 163 electoral votes, 49.2% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 1992 President Mario Cuomo, D-New York/Vice President Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, 272 electoral votes, 47.9% of the popular vote Governor Carroll Campbell, R-South Carolina/Former Dallas Mayor Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, 266 electoral votes, 47.8% of the popular vote Former Alabama Attorney General Roy Moore, C-Alabama/Congressman Pat Buchanan, C-Virginia, 0 electoral votes, 5.1% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 1996 Senator Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kansas/Governor George W. Bush, 307 electoral votes, 52.5% of the popular vote Senator Albert "Al" Gore, Jr., D-Tennessee/Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Marshall, D-Maine, 231 electoral votes, 47.2% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 2000 President Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kansas/Vice President George W. Bush, R-Texas, 276 electoral votes, 48.3% of the popular vote Former Secretary of State Sam Nunn, D-Georgia/Governor John F. Kerry, D-Massachusetts, 262 electoral votes, 48.8% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 2004 Former Governor John F. Kerry, D-Massachusetts/Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, 283 electoral votes, 48.8% of the popular vote Former Secretary of State John McCain, III, R-Arizona/Governor Rick Perry, R-Texas, 276 electoral votes, 48.3% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 2008 Governor Luis Fortuño, R/NPP-Puerto Rico/Former Senator Don Rumsfeld, R-Illinois, 315 electoral votes, 54.8% of the popular vote President John F. Kerry, D-Massachusetts/Vice President Bill Nelson, D-Florida, 223 electoral votes, 45.1% of the popular vote U.S. Presidential election, 2012 President Luis Fortuño, R/NPP-Puerto Rico/Vice President Don Rumsfeld, R-Illinois, 274 electoral votes, 46.3% of the popular vote Governor Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts/Governor Jennifer Granholm, D-Michigan, 264 electoral votes, 48.5% of the popular vote List of Presidents: 37. Richard Milhous Nixon, R-California, January 20th, 1969-August 9th, 1974 38. Gerald Rudolph Ford, R-Michigan, August 9th, 1974-January 20th, 1981 39. Gary Warren Hart, D-Colorado, January 20th, 1981-January 20th, 1989 40. Mario Matthew Cuomo, D-New York, January 20th, 1989-January 20th, 1997 41. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, R-Kansas, January 20th, 1997-January 20th, 2005 42. John Forbes Kerry, D-Massachusetts, January 20th, 2005-January 20th, 2009 43. Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset, R/NPP-Puerto Rico, January 20th, 2009- List of Vice Presidents: 39. Spiro Theodore Agnew, R-Maryland, January 20th, 1969-October 10th, 1973 40. Gerald Rudolph Ford, R-Michigan, December 6th, 1973-August 9th, 1974 41. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, R-New York, December 19th, 1974-January 20th, 1977 42. Howard Henry Baker, Jr. R-Tennessee, January 20th, 1977-January 20th, 1981 43. Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr. D-Texas, January 20th, 1981-January 20th, 1989 44. Edward Morris Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, January 20th, 1989-January 20th, 1997 45. George Walker Bush, R-Texas, January 20th, 1997-January 20th, 2005 46. Clarence William Nelson II, D-Florida, January 20th, 2005-January 20th, 2009 47. Donald Henry Rumsfeld, R-Illinois, January 20th, 2009- The Burger Court: 1969-1987 Chief Justice Warren Burger, Conservative, 1969-1987 Associate Justice Hugo Black, Liberal, Appointed by President F. Roosevelt, 1937-1971 Associate Justice Lewis Powell, Centrist, Appointed by President Nixon, 1971-1987 Associate Justice William O. Douglas, Liberal, Appointed by President F. Roosevelt, 1939-1975 Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Liberal, Appointed by President Ford, 1975-1987 Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan, Conservative, Appointed by President Eisenhower, 1955-1971 Associate Justice William Rehnquist, Conservative, Appointed by President Nixon, 1971-1987 Associate Justice William Brennan, Liberal, Appointed by President Eisenhower, 1956-1987 Associate Justice Potter Stewart, Centrist, Appointed by President Eisenhower, 1958-1987 Associate Justice Byron White, Liberal, Appointed by President Kennedy, 1962-1987 Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, Liberal, Appointed by President L. Johnson, 1967-1987 Associate Justice Harry Blackmun, Liberal, Appointed by President Nixon, 1970-1987 The Ginsberg Court: 1987- Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Liberal, 1987- Associate Justice Janice Rogers Brown, Conservative, Appointed by President Fortuño, 2011- Associate Justice Richard Riley, Centrist, Appointed by President Hart, 1987-2011 Associate Justice José Cabranes, Liberal, Appointed by President Cuomo, 1989- Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, Liberal, Appointed by President L. Johnson, 1967-1989 Associate Justice Guido Calabresi, Liberal, Appointed by President Cuomo, 1990- Associate Justice Byron White, Liberal, Appointed by President Kennedy, 1962-1990 Associate Justice David Tatel, Liberal, Appointed by President Cuomo, 1991- Associate Justice Harry Blackmun, Liberal, Appointed by President Nixon, 1970-1987 Associate Justice Alice Batchelder, Conservative, Appointed by President Kassebaum, 1998- Associate Justice William Brennan, Liberal, Appointed by President Eisenhower, 1956-1998 Associate Justice Consuelo Callahan, Conservative, Appointed by President Kassebaum, 1998- Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, Liberal, Appointed by President Ford, 1975-1998 Associate Justice Diane Wood, Liberal, Appointed by President Kerry, 2005- Associate Justice Richard Arnold, Appointed by President Cuomo, 1993-2004 Associate Justice Merrick Garland, Centrist, Appointed by President Kerry, 2005- Associate Justice William Rehnquist, Conservative, Appointed by President Nixon, 1971-2005 Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Liberal, Appointed by President Kerry, 2006- Associate Justice Gilbert Merritt, Centrist, Appointed by President Hart, 1981-2006 List of Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives 47th. Thomas "Tip" Philip O'Neill, D-Massachusetts, 8th District, January 3rd, 1977-January 3rd, 1989 48th. William Herbert Gray III, D-Pennsylvania, 2nd District, January 3rd, 1989-January 3rd, 1995 49th. Newton "Newt" Leeroy Gingrich, R-Georgia, 8th District, January 3rd, 1995-January 3rd, 1999 50th. Richard "Dick" Bruce Cheney, R-Wyoming, At-Large District, January 3rd, 1999-January 3rd, 2001 51st. Blanche Meyers Lambert Lincoln, D-Arkansas, 1st District, January 3rd, 2001-January 3rd, 2007 52nd. Christine "Christie" Todd Whitman, R-New Jersey, 7th District, January 3rd, 2007-January 20th, 2013 53rd. Sherrod Campbell Brown, D-Ohio, 13th District, January 3rd, 2013- List of Senate Majority Leaders Robert Carlyle Byrd, Jr., D-West Virginia, January 3rd, 1977-January 3rd, 1987 Edmund Sixtus Muskie, D-Maine, January 3rd, 1987-January 3rd, 1991 George John Mitchell, Jr., D-Maine, January 3rd, 1991-January 3rd, 1993 Edmund Sixtus Muskie, D-Maine, January 3rd, 1993-January 3rd, 1995 Richard "Dick" Green Lugar, R-Indiana, January 3rd, 1995-January 3rd, 2001 Thomas Andrew Daschle, D-South Dakota, January 3rd, 2001-January 3rd, 2005 Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., D-Tennessee, January 3rd, 2005-January 3rd, 2007 Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, January 3rd, 2007-January 3rd, 2013 World Map, as of December 31st, 2008 It's back one again! Since we're doing a late 1900s round in proper, I thought one good way to ring it in is to bring this back once again! The basic rules as I remember them are as follows: claim a term (maximum of four years), make your post about as much detail as you'd like, (but remember to keep it at a soft cap of 1,000 words per post. You can go over it if you'd like, though it's probably not ideal for people just jumping into the game) and try not to go too overboard with unrealism (say, for example, Vietcong agents crashing into the White House *glares at micalste*). Also, please let another person have a term of their own instead of going cavalier and posting a round of your own. I'm quite excited about this round especially, as I believe the last one went from 1956-2020, though I don't have the records to prove it. Anyways, here's to what I hope to be an interesting round of Alternate Presidents! Next Post: The Second Term of Gerald Ford
  5. I'm willing to do the next post if no one else would like to jump in.
  6. The John F. Kerry Administration President John Kerry/Vice President Bill Nelson (D) Speaker of the House Blanche Lincoln (D) Senate Majority Leader Al Gore (D) Secretary of State Joe Biden (D) Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (D) Secretary of Treasury Chris Dodd (D) 2004 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Al Gore, Jr. (D-Tennessee) Senate Majority Whip Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) Senate Minority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) Senate Minority Whip Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) 109th Senate Makeup: 54 Democrats (-4), 46 Republicans (-4) 51st Speaker of the House of Representatives Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) House Majority Leader John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) House Minority Leader Richard Cheney (R-Wyoming) House Minority Whip Julius Caesar Watts (R-Oklahoma) 109th House Makeup: 240 Democrats (+12), 185 Republicans (-12) John Kerry took on the Presidency with stride. While Kassebaum and McCain looked to have dissolved the Progressive coalition that Hart and Cuomo had made, it was going to be quickly undone. The Kerry Administration would have a unique task as the "Massachusetts Liberal" was taking the oath of office. Richard Arnold, a compromise candidate made by Cuomo in the heat of his re-election campaign, would announce his retirement the day before the 2004 Presidential election. Arnold's resignation would be attributed to the very strange map that saw the normally swingy state of Illinois go solidly for Kerry while Pennsylvania became a nail-biter. Domestic Agenda President Kerry, unlike other Presidents, believed that Supreme Court Justices ought to have strong convictions, rather than the centrism that resembled Arnold's judicial career. President Kassebaum was a staunch believer against this position, yet her advisers would have her pursue a lame duck confirmation. Kassebaum would find a strong Constitutionalist in the name of William Pryor. The most striking part of the nomination of William Pryor would not be his Conservative stances, but the ramrodding of the lame duck, Republican-controlled Senate that looked to confirm the former Alabama Attorney General. The Pryor Supreme Court nomination would fail by a vote of 51-49, with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski casting the deciding negative vote in a very dramatic fashion. Murkowski would be reviled by the Conservative base while many lost the respect that they had for the first female President. Kassebaum would continue to be a polarizing figure for both the political left and right, while centrists consider Kassebaum to be more good than bad. Kerry would take Kassebaum's failure and twisted the knife during the transition. While Kassebaum apologized to the nation for her partisan-fueled transgression, Kerry would look forward to perhaps nominating an entirely new left bench. Kerry would nominate Appeals Court Justice Diane Wood to succeed Arnold. Many criticized the former Associate Justice for even creating this entire thing, though many credit Richard Arnold for his jurisprudence in his many years on the Federal bench. William Rehnquist had been considered a reliable vote for Conservatives on the Court. While he considered retiring sometime in the early 2000s, Rehnquist believed that McCain would have a much better opportunity to nominate a Conservative on the bench than not. When his health began to seriously deteriorate in the spring of 2005, Rehnquist would announce his retirement from the court. Kerry would gladly use this rare, second opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. Merrick Garland, a man who had prosecuted the perpetrators of the OKC Bombing in 1995, would succeed Rehnquist. Rehnquist would be followed in 2006 with the retirement of Gilbert Merritt, by which Sonia Sotomayor would be appointed and confirmed with fanfare and little controversy. President Kerry's judicial achievements, however, would not be undone by the reforms he would make to the economy. Kerry rolled back the amount spent on national defense in the 2005 Federal Budget. The Kassebaum tax cuts would be summarily reversed, placing high taxes on the upper class and wealthy corporations. Many tax loopholes would be closed, especially tax havens. Strict guidelines would be implemented in the Frank Reform and Banking Reform Act of 2005. The economic reforms brought on by Kerry would have a relatively positive effect on the economy. The economic stagnation of the 2000s, often called "the Long Growth", would finally see positive results that accelerated the economy. Kerry would be lauded for his attempt to truly do something regarding Climate Change, with Senate Majority Leader Al Gore ushering through the Climate Science Reform Act of 2005, also known as the Gore Act. Cap-and-trade policies would be implemented alongside tax credits and cuts to incite "green" business. This legislation would be considered controversial and helped formulate a populist response from the Republicans. Regardless, the Gore Act would be passed in Kerry's First 100 Days alongside anti-tort reform, voting reform, and further legislation against income discrimination. The Kerry Administration would see that the Democrats needed some sort of rallying cry to secure a solid campaign. The 2006 State of the Union Address would have the President make a fervent plea for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The debate would go on for months as Speaker Lincoln and Senate Majority Leader Gore negotiated with Frist and Cheney on specifics. The Bipartisan Immigration Reform Act of 2006 would finally be passed in the Summer of 2006, while many anti-establishment candidates fervently criticized the Kerry Administration over what both Progressives and Conservatives thought were weak measures. Regardless, the United States would finally have an efficient, simple immigration system and a Southern border fence. 2006 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) Senate Minority Leader Al Gore, Jr. (D-Tennessee) Senate Minority Whip Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) 110th Senate Makeup: 58 Republicans (+12), 42 Democrats (-12) 53rd Speaker of the House of Representatives Christine Todd Whitman (R-New Jersey) House Majority Leader Michael Pence, (R-Indiana) House Majority Whip Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. (R-Oklahoma) House Minority Leader Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) 110th House Makeup: 238 Republicans (+43), 197 Democrats (-43) President Kerry would find himself caught between Progressive Democrats that openly criticized the President for what they perceived as inaction while holding the majority in Congress. National Conservatives were mad at the President in general, proclaiming his weakness in the midst of a rising Communist Russia. Learning from Gingrich's Contract with America, Whitman, Pence, and Watts together crafted with retiring Senate leader Frist and first female Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison a much more populist series of bills that they would work with Kerry to pass in the 110th Congress. Despite the very good economy and a good record on paper, the DSCC and DCCC fielded simply bad candidates that would prove controversial such as longtime Ohio Senator Jerry Springer, corrupt such as New York City prosecutor Eliot Spitzer, or suffered spoilers such as the case of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman's independent run that garnered him 25% of the vote to John Ensign's 45% and Dina Titus's 35%. The Republicans would find themselves on the cusp of the largest Senate victory since 1958. Yet many attribute the growing economy to have stopped their record short. Regardless, the Republican party would elect their first female Speaker of the House in Christie Whitman and the first female Senate Majority Leader in Kay Bailey Hutchison. Foreign Policy John Kerry's foreign policy had far more of a focus as his domestic policy. While the Russian Redoubt, as it was called, was completed with the Treaty of Shanghai, Kerry sought to diversify American interests in the Middle East and Maritime Asia. Rising Arabic and Persian nationalism caused the United States to support rather shady groups such as the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan. When the aforementioned groups began to attack allies in the region, Presidents Cuomo and Kassebaum would quickly divert attention away from the true grimy work that these extremists were causing. Kerry believed that this was an unconscionable moral wrong and ended many relationships in the Middle East, most notably the Saudis. This, while completely moral stance would cause an extreme imbalance in the region that allowed an Islamic Cold War, as some would label it, to arise between the Saudis and Iran. Both were united in their belief that Islam was incompatible with the "imperialist" agendas of the Russians and Americans. The flip side of this was their desire to politically and economically dominate the other. The result would be entangling alliances that saw a complex situation look to only get worse as Arab nationalism reached a fever pitch on July 4th, 2006. July 4th would see the storming of the U.S.-Oman Embassy after weeks of protests that quickly turned violent. The situation would be only heightened when, in a situation of incompetence, it appeared that the Ambassador to Oman had been killed in a plane crash that Omani extremists declared was a sabotage of the plane- a U.S. Military plane. The aftermath of this attack would drive anti-Omani and wartime sentiment in America through the roof. The same could be said with Oman, who would reject Saudi and Iranian suggestions of a political alliance. A relatively contained situation would explode when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, having previously been an ally of the Saudis, began an attack against them in an attempt to stifle a possible civil war. U.S. and Soviet leaders would condemn this unprovoked act of aggression and began joint air strikes in Operation Lightning Fury. Lightning Fury would spark further nationalist sentiments across the Arabic world, leading to protests of this action in Jordan, Algeria, and Pakistan. The originally anti-Western and anti-Soviet protests would slowly become anti-government protesters as the relatively pro-West governments began to suppress certain peaceful protesters. Lightning Fury would conclude with an economically broken Iraq and an enraged Iraqi people. Saddam Hussein would give another public speech that seemed routine, except that the crowd was as volatile as ever. It only took a radical with a lucky shot and a dream to ignite what would become one of the most volatile times to live in the Arab world. The Assassination of Saddam Hussein would see the fall of a West-cooperative or Russia-cooperative Middle East. The failure to capitalize on what appeared to be American bloodlust after the Muscat Embassy attack would bring down the approval of John Kerry's foreign policy. Yet it would be elsewhere that Kerry found success. The Organisation of American States would see an increasingly important role in foreign policy, while the slow peeling away of the Republic of Yugoslavia from Russia would become slowly complete. Yugoslavia itself would see a time of immense change as it transitioned from a Constitutional monarchy (1990-2002) that contained King Alexander II, though the transition into a full constitutional republic would be complete in 2002 and ended the Second War of Yugoslav Unification (1997-2002). Yugoslavia would, despite many fully intending to maintain the existence of Yugoslavia, appear to be at its breaking point. The 2006 Federal elections would see controversy after controversy that President Kerry sought to redeem the dissolving that Boris Tadić was essentially forced to manage. President Kerry would negotiate with the regional leaders as to a place in the U.S. where they could have discussions and Atlanta, Georgia appeared to be the most agreed place. The talks would start with the possibility of Yugoslavia ever actually unifying into one cohesive state. This question was muddled, though it would become clear that the demands of every representative could not be met and a unified Yugoslavia maintained. Slowly, each representative would be convinced of this, while discussions of the proper way to divide itself would be discussed. Eventually, the slow process of making nations would begin, with nine separate nations beginning at the end of the conference. Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Vojvodina, Serbia, Kosovo, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Atlanta Accords, as it would become known, would be a historical turning point that would, as many expected, started as a controversial act that many pan-Yugoslavians began riots over, though it would calm down when many began to accept that Yugoslavia would be no more. Armed conflict would be something that the United States would actually see during the Administration of John Kerry. The isolation of North Korea by the U.S., China, and Russia would see its own culmination when Kim Jong Un attempted to strike at South Korea, though was quickly driven back by basically every country. The Korean Missile Crisis would be much less of a crisis and more of a guess that North Korea would not actually use their nuclear weapons against military targets. This would be proven false when they fired at Chinese, American, and South Korean forces. President Kerry would order Operation Korean Freedom, a military operation that lasted less than a month. While Kerry would have a massive approval spike in the Spring of 2007, Kerry was a legislative lame duck unless he would be able to retake Congress after the DSCC and DCCC's failures the previous year. 2008 Presidential election Kerry looked like he was sure for defeat after the so-called Arab Spring in the Summer of 2006. The next year, he would look like he was going to dominate the Republican field. The Conservative competition would be many, with Governor Mitt Romney leading national polls through the start of 2007. Senator George Allen looked to rival the Conservative position, while Huckabee and Santorum looked to return to take up the "Faith and Family" wing of the party. Mississippian Republicans Trent Lott and Haley Barbour reportedly considered Presidential runs, though it would be Lott that went through with his run. Florida Governor Crist, Colorado Governor Owens, Illinois Senator Fitzgerald, and Ohio Senator Kasich would make campaigns of their own, though faltered as the money primary truly commenced. The controversial Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski would continuously bat down considerations of running, while Maine Senator Susan Collins toured GOP donation circles in an apparent exploration of a campaign. Former Florida Governor and Education Secretary Jeb Bush was asked if he would run for the Presidency though he would deny consideration after George W. Bush announced his campaign in July of 2007. VP Bush knew very well that GOP chances in 2004 were slim to none. The hiring of the famed and controversial "Darth Vader of American politics" Lee Atwater, efficient operative Steve Schmidt, and GOP communications and polling guru Frank Luntz formed a sort of "unholy alliance" that intended on placing George Walker Bush on the national ticket in 2008. A massive unknown would emerge from a place that many Americans forget is a part of the United States. Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset is as American as any other person that was born on American soil. The young Puerto Rican, however, emerged as a top contender for the Presidency from his record of cutting state spending through halting government raises, cutting government salaries, and cutting working and middle-class tax rates. The ballooning deficit that Puerto Rico had been suffering under is slowly being released by Governor Fortuño. The rhetorical style from the Puerto Rican Governor would slowly rival that of his other candidates as the Republican field whittled down further. Fortuño would find himself securing a strong third place while Romney and Bush were at a delegate tie. Romney would take New Hampshire while Fortuño solidified his placement as a true alternative to the Massachusetts and Texan contenders. South Carolina would see immensely dirty tactics that Fortuño and Romney would decry, though it would be Bush that saw a victory there. Nevada pulled in for Romney while Mini-Tuesday saw Fortuño make a Conservative comeback. Huckabee, Santorum, and Crist would eventually capitulate and endorse the Puerto Rican Governor. Super Tuesday would place Fortuño solidly in third place, though it was becoming increasingly more likely that Romney and Bush would not have enough delegates to secure the nomination. Romney, Bush, and Fortuño shared the position of the most likely to win the nomination in the April and May primaries, though June's primaries would place Fortuño at a solid third. While it began to look more likely that the Puerto Rican would have to settle for kingmaker, a story regarding Bush's 1976 DUI would be brought up by sources close to the Romney campaign. The Bush campaign would then make sure that "that Mormon ******* would pay" in the words of Atwater. Multiple instances of shady business deals, "heartless" mass firings, and a strange story regarding Romney and keeping their dog on the roof of their car would all be brought up in an attempt to completely discredit the Massachusetts Governor. "Probably true" information would be disseminated at a furious pace from the Bush campaign while push polling RNC delegates left a sour taste in everyone's mouths. George Bush looked more and more desperate to win while Romney appeared to be unable to keep track with discrediting these allegations. A silent delegate campaign would begin as the primaries officially ended with Bush and Romney in a bitter deadlock. The first ballot at the Pittsburgh RNC would give a deadlock, as with the second, and third ballots. Fortuño would be asked if he would break his delegates off of their convention obligations, to which he made a grandiose speech that he would not release his delegates, instead demanded a fourth ballot so that "the Conservative conscience will prevail over dark secrets and backroom deals!" Fortuño would win the fourth ballot by a landslide, well over that of Romney and Bush. The Vice Presidential nominee would have to be chosen quickly and independently. Many saw the potential positives of nominating Virginia Senator George Allen, though he would decline. Hutchison and Whitman would both be reached out towards and both declined. Ohio Senator John Kasich, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, former U.N. Ambassador Condi Rice, Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, and New York Governor Rudy Giuliani would highlight the top of Fortuño's VP list, though in actuality Fortuño would narrow the list down to Kasich and Talent, preferring Rice, Gregg, Ashcroft, Giuliani, and Brownback in the Cabinet. The tables would be quickly turned as Governor Bush would suggest to Governor Fortuño that he ought to select someone that he personally knew from their friendship in Congress that Bush developed in the 80s and 90s: Don Rumsfeld. longtime Illinois Senator and Congressman, former Secretary of Defense, and White House Chief of Staff, Rumsfeld garnered a knowledge of Washington that rivaled only his protege, Speaker Dick Cheney. While the retired Speaker preferred not being nominated for VP if he had to leave Halliburton, he was open to the idea of a Secretary Cheney. Don Rumsfeld would be approached for the Vice Presidency and, while it came with much convincing, Rumsfeld would be placed with the young Puerto Rican Governor. Fortuño/Rumsfeld would face off against President Kerry and Vice President Nelson. The General Election campaign would be energetic and enticing as Kerry sought to campaign from the Bully Pulpit, making full use of the Rose Garden. Fortuño, meanwhile, would abuse the weakness of this by making many speeches on the same level that the crowd would be, with the only dividing line being a line of Secret Service agents. Fortuño would be seen with Rumsfeld mixing with the crowd while attacking the President for "hiding behind his desk and not listening to the American people." Kerry would infamously retort that "I'm fine with hiding behind my accomplishments, the economy has never been in better shape and our defenses are a sign to the world." The following weeks would see the economy take a pause, then a collapse. The clip "the economy has never been in better shape" would be used brutally by the Republican campaign (advised by the aforementioned Atwater). The economy would decline into a recession as banks and corporations would declare bankruptcy due to taking on bad loans. The 2008 Economic Crisis seemed inevitable, yet it was Kerry that looked like he was doing the most to stop the economy from completely unraveling by proposing a massive economic stimulus package on par with what FDR would propose in the depths of the Great Depression. The 2008 Presidential Debates would do no better as Fortuño appeared ready to face the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression with Don Rumsfeld at his side. Then 10/20 happened. A brisk, Tuesday morning would be interrupted by planes being flown into the World Trade Center, the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Capitol Building. The New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. attacks would shock the nation to its core as the perceived safety of the American homeland was proved to be absolutely not safe. President Kerry, for his part, did his best to ensure that the nation would feel safe. His jingoistic performance in the debates, however, would be panned as fraudulent. Governor Fortuño made use of this by suspending his campaign and directing further campaign resources directly to the victims of the attacks. When al-Qaeda was found to have been responsible, Kerry would be immensely pressured to take some sort of military action, yet John Kerry was insistent that America is not to be a "mad lion, attacking at anything that crosses its path." Yet hawkish Democrats and the GOP as a whole decried Kerry's lack of immediate action. The Fortuño Campaign was essentially non-existent, with grassroots organization taking the place of national campaigning. A campaigning moratorium would be agreed to by Kerry and Fortuño, though it appeared that the latter benefited the most from the agreement. The election would fittingly go down to the wire with record-breaking turnout in all states. The Great Recession already stoked the American people's frustrations with the current state of Washington. The 10/20 Attacks would make many voters go berserk in terms of frustration with it all, which made the result as historic as the campaign that preceded the result. Governor Luis Fortuño, R/NPP-Puerto Rico/Former Senator Don Rumsfeld, R-Illinois, 315 electoral votes, 54.8% of the popular vote President John F. Kerry, D-Massachusetts/Vice President Bill Nelson, D-Florida, 223 electoral votes, 45.1% of the popular vote 2008 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) Senate Minority Leader Paul Wellstone (D-Minnesota) Senate Minority Whip Chuck Schumer (D-New York) 111th Senate Makeup: 63 Republicans (+5), 37 Democrats (-5) 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives Christine Todd Whitman (R-New Jersey) House Majority Leader Michael Pence, (R-Indiana) House Majority Whip Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. (R-Oklahoma) House Minority Leader Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) House Minority Whip Xavier Becerra (D-California) 111th House Makeup: 259 Republicans (+21), 179 Democrats (-21)
  7. Evan

    Vote: Speaker of the House Election

    Congressman Paul Cavalieri (R-CA)
  8. I'll take the one after Tilsley, then.
  9. Evan

    Technical Requests

    Once again, The System proves itself to disproportionately discriminate against minorities.
  10. Evan

    Leave of Absence

    LOA for a week or so. Between an AWOL AB and the rediculousness of the start of this reset, I need a break.
  11. Mr. Chairman, I second the motion by the Gentleman from Nebraska. I yield.
  12. The Mario Cuomo Administration President Mario Cuomo/Vice President Edward Kennedy Speaker of the House William H. Gray III (D) Senate Majority Leader Edmund Muskie (D) Secretary of State Sam Nunn (D) Secretary of Defense Donald McHenry (D) Mario Matthew Cuomo took on the Presidency at a truly unique time. Mario Cuomo had defeated expectations of many by securing a third consecutive term for the same party, a first since Franklin Roosevelt secured a third term in 1940. The first Italian-American president would waste no time in basking of the historicity of his Presidential ascension. Cuomo had indeed helped solidify the so-called Sixth Party System, by which the Republicans would dominate the Deep South and Progressive Democrats would come to power in the Northwest and West. Coloradoan President Gary Hart helped to build a coalition that would push the Western states leftward and the Southern states rightward. Cuomo would accelerate this trend through Progressive legislation that would push the Boil Weevil Democrats out of the party. While some left for the Republican party, most declared themselves as independents, or made their own state-based parties. Mario Cuomo would prove to be divisive in the South and generally well-liked elsewhere. Watergate and the Ford Administration had pushed the country away from the Conservative movement and Republicans by proxy. While Tim LaHaye, Jim Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Paul Weyrich sought to push politics to a more Christian and "ethical" place, their efforts in the 1970s would not bear fruit until the 1990s, when the Mario Cuomo Administration sought to bring America leftward. Domestic Policy: When Mario Cuomo took power in 1989, he sought an America that "benefitted the two cities" economically, socially, and culturally. Knowing full well that he would see backlash for his policies, Cuomo would rapidly legislate at a pace not seen since President Johnson's second term. The Gary Hart tax code would be reformed from its flat tax-based economics towards a truer progressive tax that more resembled the Eisenhower-era tax code. This would be largely off the back of the popular theory that Hartenomics saved America from the economic stagnation of the 1970s. Education would see massive overhauls, with reforms focusing less on general educational achievement and more towards inciting vocational achievement. Universal pre-kindergarten education would be reportedly considered by the Cuomo Administration in its American Academic Achievement Act of 1989, though it would be thrown out when some would accuse the Cuomo Administration of "nationalizing preschool " towards advocating Communism. The 1980s economic boom would be felt throughout the Cuomo Administration, with wages slowly lifting from their recent doldrums. Young urban professionals, also known as "yuppies" would appear throughout Wall Street and financial sectors. Many would liken their motto to Michael Douglas' line in the 1987 film Wall Street: "Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good." This would permeate throughout the consumerist tendencies of the middle and upper classes. Shopping malls would explode as strip malls became a popular urban background landscape. Economic conditions brought on after the economic turmoil began to turn the page on American exceptionalism. Perhaps America was the greatest country on Earth, it only made an accident in Vietnam. Watergate was only an accident by a paranoid President, right? Economic conditions would accelerate during the Cuomo years, despite what many Conservative commentators would preach to their increasingly poor, increasingly rural audiences. Insomuch as that, the rural poor would see many of their benefits increase due to the Hart surpluses and the Cuomo social funding. This paradoxical situation would not go without notice by the Cuomo Administration as it tried so desperately to maintain these voters in their column. Yet the Fifth Party System had long ended, and the Sixth system would dawn in the late 80s. Social strife would be rampant throughout the latter half of the 20th Century, especially its final quarter. Many would believe that the newfound Conservatism of the rural poor would be largely from social backlash from civil rights policies. The Ford Administration would find a working strategy of pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment. The Supreme Court would rule in 1984 against the tacking on of LGBT rights onto the ERA in Milk v. State of California. Anti-hate crimes legislation would be passed by the Cuomo Administration, as well as stronger laws for income equality. Cuomo, despite his continual push for criminal justice reform, his signature National Justice Standards Act of 1991 would be voted down by a narrow margin thanks majorly to lobbying by Boil Weevil Democrats. Mario Cuomo would indeed remember this. The course of the Supreme Court had been gradually shifting leftward, thanks largely to convenient Democratic presidencies. This would stay true with Chief Justice Ginsberg, and it would stay as such when Thurgood Marshall, Byron White, William Brennan, and Harry Blackmun would retire in the early days of the Cuomo Administration. Cuomo would waste no time in nominating Supreme Court justices in the first three years of his Presidency. as José Cabranes, (the first Latino Supreme Court associate justice), Guido Calabresi (the first Italian American Supreme Court associate justice), David Tatel (first legally blind Supreme Court associate justice) and Richard Arnold would be nominated and confirmed by the Senate, pushing the Supreme Court leftward and becoming more diverse. Foreign Policy: Mario Cuomo would make his mark on foreign policy upon the time he took to power in January of 1989. Declaring a rollback in American aggression. This, however, would have to be revised when Panamanian President Manuel Noriega would appear to threaten the stability of the Panama Canal. This sore spot of foreign relations would add tension in the spring and summer of 1989 to Amero-Panamanian relations. When an October military coup turned into a civil war, President Cuomo threatened to deploy troops to "keep the peace" for American interests in the Panama Canal. Threats to "renegotiate" the Torrijos-Baker Treaty would cause anti-American protests to spring up. The anti-Noriega coup supporters would quickly become anti-American revolutionaries. President Cuomo and Secretary of State Nunn would secretly meet with Noriega about this in San José, Costa Rica. They would be secret, until Noriega opened his mouth to his supporters saying that "the Americans will surely come." The San José negotiations would spring up more anti-Noriega and anti-American fervor throughout the country. 1989 would come to a close with calls from both sides of the aisle to intervene in Panama, lest another Grenada Incident occur. The irony of this situation would not be lost by President Ford nor President Nixon, both describing in their memoirs that this was poetic justice for the Vietnam debacle. When anti-American activists began taking the Panama Canal and setting charges at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel, Cuomo would have no choice but to send interventionary forces to secure the Panama Canal in February 1990. This would please many war hawks, though it would come at the cost of Progressive Cuomo supporters who regarded this as a betrayal of his policies. The Panama Canal Zone and Panama City would be taken before the Ides of March, and the Panama Civil War would be quelled recently after. However, Noriega was still in power. He would be the cause of many headaches to come. The Panama intervention would be a watermark for the Cuomo Administration. While many supported his anti-war stance, Cuomo's intervention in Panama would appear to undermine his word. Regardless, America and Russia were considered to be the leading superpowers in the world. Mikhail Gorbachev, a young Soviet politician, would come to power about the same time as Gary Hart would. The two had a genial personal relationship that would become the butt of many jokes, though Hart's long game was to advance Gorbachev's policies of glasnost and perestroika, literally "openness" and "rebuilding." Gary Hart believed in the policy of detente and pushed back on the creation of nuclear missiles, preferring joint agreements that would "end the Cold War" not by war but by peace and negotiation. President Cuomo would largely follow this policy by negotiating the gradual unification of Germany in 1989 and 1990, thanks greatly to pro-unification West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. There would only be one requirement: Germany would not join NATO, nor would it join the Warsaw Pact. The March 1990 Reykjavik Summit would prove fruitful in ending German occupation and allowing the full and complete self-rule of a united Germany. Despite America's best efforts to negotiate towards peace and the historicity of the Reykavik Summit, Gorbachev dared to continue the Brenzhev Doctrine by intervening and crushing rebellions in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Byelorussia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. While countries such as Byelorussia and Hungary would be crushed, Romania and Poland would fiercely fight for their independence. Demonstrations would be bloody and often turned into block-by-block battles. Polish and Romanian rebels would eventually storm the capital and take control of Warsaw and Bucharest, respectively. President Cuomo, intent on establishing these countries as free, liberal republics, made sure the Administration held a delicate balance by "supporting these countries in the destiny that they choose." The Soviet Union would be forced into acquiescing into demands for independence. Demonstrations would break out in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Baltic states over this. The Warsaw Pact looks like it is at a breaking point. 1992 would arrive with a fresh coup for Gorbachev to deal with. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuiania, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Khazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan would be partially released in a quasi-united Soviet. These drastic reforms would be made by one Boris Yeltsin, who would prove to be a continuously polarizing figure in Russian politics. Due to Gorbachev's release of Poland, Romania, and the entire Warsaw Pact, Yeltsin and others would stage a successful coup that truly shocked the world. Economic reforms would transition the country from a socialist planned economy to a radical free market economy that would slowly give rise to Russian oligarchs that controlled the economy like a fiefdom. Iraq had always been a problem that America usually was obligated to deal with. When Israel became the leading Middle Eastern ally of America, it would be Gary Hart and Mario Cuomo that felt obligated to aid them. Iraq, feeling boxed in from threats to economically retaliate, would continue regardless to threaten Israel. When President Hart's threats became actualized, Saddam Hussein would become desperate. Believing that Iraq could make a quick buck by seizing Kuwaitian oil fields. President Cuomo would learn from his mistake in Panama, deciding to take to the international stage to rally against Iraq's blatant violantion of international law. Congress would have a difficult time arguing against this when the U.N. unanimously condemned Iraq's Kuwatian intervention. President Cuomo would quickly gardner an authorization of use of military force against Iraq in 1991. The First Gulf War, a coalition effort that included Russian, U.K., French, Israeli, Saudi Arabian, and Canadian forces, would last for approximately three weeks when Kuwait would be liberated and Baghdad itself was nearly taken. Yet, President Cuomo would be determined to halt coalition forces at Baghdad, declaring that "America's business is protection and liberation, not nation-building." Operation Desert Badger, as it would be called, would be known as a relative success that largely secured Iraqi security. Iraq would be sanctioned, yet the world would largely move on from this intervention. Yet Saddam Hussein would remember this quite well. 1990 Midterm elections Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine) Senate Majority Whip Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) Senate Minority Leader Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) Senate Minority Whip Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) 102nd Senate Makeup: 45 Republicans (+0), 54 Democrats (-1), 2 Conservatives (+1) 48th Speaker of the House of Representatives William H. Gray III (D-Pennsylvania) House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri) House Majority Whip Dave Bonoir (D-Michigan) House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) House Minority Whip Dick Cheney (R-Wyoming) 102nd House Makeup: 185 Republicans (+10), 243 Democrats (-17), 7 Conservatives (+7) President Cuomo would push America in a far more Progressive direction. Yet it would be wrong to say that he was beloved by everyone. Many people, including Democrats, were not the greatest fans of the President. While many on the left derided him for his interventionist tendencies, Conservative Democrats would split into their own party called the Conservative Party. The Conservative party's largely Southern base would be directly challenged by Republicans, with Virginia Congressman Pat Buchanan leading that charge. While it had a few supporters, the Religious Right's takeover of the Republican party was very difficult as the Conservatives were far friendlier to their cause, with Reverend Jerry Falwell Chairing the party as a whole. Pat Robertson would seek the nomination, though the South would largely be the base of support. The Republican party would see a wide field of candidates, though they would be relatively lackluster. Illinois Senator Don Rumsfeld, former Delaware Governor Pete DuPont IV, New York Congressman Jack Kemp, former Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt, Illinois Congresswoman Lynn Morley Martin, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, Texas Senator Phill Gramm, and Senate Minority Leader Richard Lugar all competed for the 1992 Republican presidential nomination. While many candidates had their time in the media's spotlight, the so-called "flavor of the month" primaries would favor Campbell, Specter, and Thompson to fight for the nomination. While Thompson waged a more populistic campaign, Campbell managed to win Super Tuesday, landing win after win all the way to the final primaries. Campbell would secure the nomination after a tough fight from Thompson, with many Moral Majority members supporting his campaign. The female Republican vote had rallied almost as a block to support Congresswoman Martin. After a failed result in Iowa, Congresswoman Martin and many female Republicans would rally the eventual Republican nominee to select a female vice Presidential nominee. Many suggested Governor Campbell ought to select female politicians such as New Jersey Congresswoman Christie Whitman, former Dallas Mayor Kay Bailey Hutchison, or even Lynn Martin. Eventually, Carroll Campbell decided to select popular Texan and former Congresswoman Kay Bailey Hutchison. As Carroll Campbell and Kay Bailey Hutchison shook hands together for the first time in the New Orleans Superdome, the Conservative party sought to declare war on "defeatism, anti-Americanism, feminism, and moral treachery" that they claimed both parties represented. Former Alabama Attorney General Doug Jones would be nominated in Nashville as the first Presidential nominee of the Conservative party, with Congressman Pat Buchanan at his side. While Doug Jones sought to run up numbers in the South and support their new insurgent party, President Cuomo and Governor Campbell would spar on the national stage. Financial scandals from Mrs. Hutchison would be expanded upon into the national spotlight, by which former Mayor Hutchison would deride "blatant dirty tricks" for their being brought up. Regardless, polls would show everything from a Cuomo landslide to a Campbell landslide as it looked like the country was solidifying its realignment from the 1980s. Campbell would heavily criticize President Cuomo's tax brackets, while Cuomo attacked Campbell's controversial plans to roll back Federal education with partial privitization. The first Presidential debate would have Campbell severely bruise the President for his agenda that had "all the ivory tower elitism with none of the heart." Hutchison and Kennedy would furiously spar each other in the 1992 Vice Presidential debates, in which a woman had appeared at for the first time. While Kennedy attempted to capture Camelot once again, Kay Bailey Hutchison ambushed Kennedy by telling him to "I'm sorry, Mr. Kennedy, but Camelot is over, we're past the Era of Innocence. The Soviet is no longer, the Space Race is won, and America hasn't shown a new vision in that time." Kennedy would defend President Cuomo's record, to which Hutchison would question "Mr. Kennedy, what have you done? What have you added to the Hamlet on the Potomac?" The Vice President would struggle for an answer, and struggle even more when Hutchison derided Kennedy to answer for Chappaquaddick. Some would say that the following headline from the New York Times would say it best: "Is Camelot Dead?" Unfortunately, Hutchison would be derided herself for "being completely disrespectful" to the Vice President. One commentator would say that she "ought to have stayed in her place." While it would be reviled by many Conservatives, a sympathy bump would be given to the Democrats as many considered Kennedy to have been disrespected by the Republican Vice Presidential nominee. November would arrive and would see an America one step further from Conservatism. President Mario Cuomo, D-New York/Vice President Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, 272 electoral votes, 47.9% of the popular vote Governor Carroll Campbell, R-South Carolina/Former Dallas Mayor Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, 266 electoral votes, 47.8% of the popular vote Former Alabama Attorney General Roy Moore, C-Alabama/Congressman Pat Buchanan, C-Virginia, 0 electoral votes, 5.1% of the popular vote 1992 Congressional elections Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine) Senate Majority Whip Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) Senate Minority Leader Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) Senate Minority Whip Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) 103rd Senate Makeup: 43 Republicans (-4), 56 Democrats (+2), 4 Conservatives (+2) 48th Speaker of the House of Representatives William H. Gray III (D-Pennsylvania) House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Missouri) House Majority Whip Dave Bonoir (D-Michigan) House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) House Minority Whip Dick Cheney (R-Wyoming) 103rd House Makeup: 177 Republicans (-8), 232 Democrats (-12), 24 Conservatives (+7)
  13. Full Name: Edward “Ted” Andrew O’Brien Date of Birth: October 2nd, 1945 Place of Birth: Waukesha, Wisconsin Place of Residence: Waukesha, Wisconsin Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin Party: Republican (since 1968), Democrat (1962-1968) Faction: Establishment Religion: Christened in Roman Catholic Church, converted to Lutheran in 1983 Avatar: Enda Kenny Family History: Joshua O’Brien, b.1910, d.1982, Father, WWII veteran, Army mechanic, Founder of O’Brien Motor Company Hannah O’Brien, b.1912, Mother, W.A.C. veteran Joshua O’Brien, II, b.1950, Brother, Inventor, philanthropist, President of The O’Brien Company William O’Brien, b.1955, Brother, U.S. Foreign Service officer Geraldine O’Brien, b.1958, Sister, Trial lawyer Kathleen O’Brien, M.D., b.1948, m.1968, Pediatrician Ellen O’Brien, 1/30/1975, Daughter, Medical student, UW-Madison Benjamin O'Brien, 1/30/1975 Son, Law student, University of Notre Dame James O’Brien, 7/12/1976, Son, High school student Andrew O’Brien, 4/31/1978, Son Bethany O’Brien, 9/10/1979, Daughter Tyler O’Brien, 5/2/1980, Son Patricia O’Brien, 9/7/1981, Daughter Greg O’Brien, 7/2/1985, Son David O’Brien, 12/23/1986, Son Educational History: J.D., Legal studies, University of Notre Dame, 1969 B.A., Legal studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1965 Biographical History: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin’s 9th District Since January 3rd, 1979 Public defender, State of Wisconsin 1975-1978 Serviceman, U.S. Marine Corps Active duty 1969-1974 Running back, University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team 1966-1969 Running back, University of Wisconsin-Madison's Wisconsin Badgers football team 1964-1965 Edward Andrew O'Brien would be the first son of third-generation Irish-American WWII Army mechanic, automobile racer, and businessman Joshua O'Brien. Raised during a time when the O'Brien Motor Company was undergoing its true surge in popularity, Ted O'Brien had his heart set elsewhere than automobile racing and being the heir of the family business. While Ted cherished the hours of work he did for his father in the shop, becoming a mechanic by trade, Ted O'Brien sought a career helping those who could not defend themselves. O'Brien would be fascinated by the rise of another Irish Roman Catholic's Presidential ascension. Taking President Kennedy's words at heart, he would apply himself in legal studies, specifically at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While he was originally drawn to Kennedy's Democratic party, it would be largely due to President Lyndon Johnson's second term that he would sour against the Democratic party and registered in 1968 with the Republican party, fully expecting to vote for Kennedy's 1960 rival, Richard Nixon. A heart for American football would be born when he would grow up in 1960s Wisconsin. He would make the '63, '64, and '65 Wisconsin Badgers as a running back. He would be considered to be drafted into the NFL as a Packer for the '66 Season. However, Edward O'Brien decided to continue the legal studies that he started at UW-Madison. He would be offered to play for Notre Dame, one that he would accept. Ted O'Brien's fans would be largely frustrated by this, though O'Brien always claimed that he "wasn't ready for Packers prime-time," a phrase that would be largely associated with Teddy. O'Brien would attend the Fighting Irish vs Spartans game in 1966, though an injury would take him out in the first few minutes of the game. He would finish his Juris Doctorate at Notre Dame. There, he would meet one Kathleen terHorst, second-generation Dutch-American medical student to which they would date and eventually marry. They would have multiple children in their remarkably good marriage. O'Brien would attend Notre Dame and stay in the Fighting Irish football team after recovering from his 1966 injury. While he was speculated to be drafted into the 1969 Packers, he would be called into a different draft- for the Vietnam War. While he could have acquired a deferment, Ted O'Brien insisted that if his country called him, he would serve regardless of whether or not he agreed with its intervention there. O'Brien would serve in the Marines, a choice not fully welcomed by his father, but none the less, he would serve in Vietnam in the U.S. Marine Corps. Leaving Vietnam in 1974, O'Brien would be forever changed by his involvement in Vietnam. While taking pride in his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, O'Brien would take notice of how it appeared that veterans were being abandoned after their service to their country. Ted O'Brien would arrive back home to an America bruised by the Vietnam intervention, yet he swore to do his part to change it for the better. While he questioned the politicians that ran the country as many did, he sought to bring the best of it out once again. Ted O'Brien would use his experience in law school to become a public defender for the state of Wisconsin, personally managing civil and criminal cases. O'Brien would garner a reputation for making sure no option was left before his cases were finishing, ensuring that they were air-tight. Ted O'Brien the attorney would appear to be actually recovering from his Vietnam pains. Ted O'Brien would leave his career as a public defender when the NRCC courted him to take over retiring Congressman Bob Kasten's seat. After a lengthy deliberation with his young family, he decided to go all in for public service. O'Brien would be met with stiff opposition from the young Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Susan Shannon Engeleiter and archconservative Wisconsin State Senator F. James Sensenbrenner. O'Brien waged an aggressive, positive retail campaign with the ambition to speak to every person residing in Wisconsin's 9th District. While Sensenbrenner looked to be the favorite, O'Brien managed to run up the middle and give a surprisingly tight victory over the archconservative Sensenbrenner. O'Brien would face a young Democratic lawyer in the form of Matt Flynn, a future state Democratic party chair. Ted O'Brien would manage sweeping victories in the solidly Conservative 9th District. Currently, Ted O'Brien is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and has garnered a reputation of being a moderate Conservative. A father of nine children, Ted O'Brien does still enjoy working in the shop when he can, though he does enjoy elk hunting and cycling. He presently resides in Waukesha and has recently acquired two family dogs, both American Water Spaniels by the names of Kennedy and Reagan...you're free to take a wild guess why they're named as such. Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1986, General election Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 122,988 votes 79.16% Mr. Thomas Popp, Democrat, 32,374 votes, 20.83% Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1984, General election Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 177,251 votes, 69.75% Attorney John Krause, Democrat, 48,392 votes, 19.04% Mr. Stephen Hauser, Constitution, 28,479 votes, 11.20% Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1982, General election Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 112,909 votes, >99% Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1980, General election Congressman Edward O'Brien, Republican, 209,089 votes, 79.25% Mr. Gary Benedict, Democrat 54,747 votes, 20.75% Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1978, General election Public defender Edward O'Brien, Republican, 119,398 votes, 61.37% Attorney Matthew J. Flynn, Democrat, 75,200 votes, 38.64% Wisconsin House of Representatives elections, 1978, Republican primary Public defender Edward O'Brien, Republican, 25,886 votes, 37.89% State Senator F. James Sensenbrenner, Republican, 25,004 votes, 36.59% State Assemblywoman Susan Shannon Engeleiter, Republican, 17,435, 25.52%
  14. I'll take Cuomo's first term then to get the ball rolling out of the 80s and into the 90s!
  15. The next round is free for claims!
  16. Evan

    Reset 2 Character Planning Thread

    The Bolster-Storm friendship has now hit a new low
  17. Evan

    The American Monarchy

    Holson can continue it, I've gotta read up on this to get the context. It's been a while haha.
  18. Evan

    AB Player Suggestions

    Conrad, probably:
  19. Morning EST, November 4, 1992, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue President Bush awoke on a chilly November day. For a second, he thought himself as to have been re-elected President. Yet, in four years, he was not to be the Commander in Chief. Heck, he was barely expected to have been thought as a good President. The Governor had given him a thorough thrashing the night before. After Panama, the Gulf War, the Drug War, heck ending the Cold War! On paper, it seemed like victory in '92 was inevitable. Indeed he was, except for the fact that a forty year old no-name had been elected President of the United States. George rolled the covers over his eyes, yet he remembered his hypocrisy in promising no taxes. Those ads and Ross Perot were one thing, but when the assault allegations came out, the Bush Family was no longer a viable option for the Republican Party. From the highest of heights just twelve years ago, the George Bush Presidency would be thrown on the ash heap of history. Frustrated at what he knows history will view him as, he pulled down the covers. Under his breath, he mutters a question."What will become of Edward Porter?" VOL. CXLII , No. 49,140 NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1992 50 Cents PORTER CAPTURES PRESIDENCY WITH BIG WIN IN ELECTORAL MARGIN; WINS DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS Changing of the Guard - A Mini-Timeline by Evan
  20. Mark November 2nd, 2010 11:14 PM, Eastern Standard Time Republican National Committee Headquarters They did it. Somehow, the Republican Party managed to stick together and actually succeed. It was a truly grueling process, from the 2009 meeting with Chairman Hatfield when he was first asked to take on Hatfield's position, to the 2010 CPAC that threatened to implode, to now, November 2nd, 2010. Mark Finnegan O'Halloran had many jobs before the one he is about to hold. Sure he was a businessman, but he also was the Republican National Committee's Finance Chairman. Yet he also had multiple connections on Wall Street. Alistair Hamilton asked him to become the President and CEO of Hamilton Financials when its namesake ran for Congress all the way back in 2004. Before then, he was asked to lead the American Dawn Institute, a public policy think tank that supports candidates on both sides of the aisle granted they support hawkish fiscal and foreign policies. Founded by billionaire tycoon and self-described Republican talisman Charles Blackwood, the American Dawn Institute was founded all the way back in 1993 in the form of the American Dawn PAC with the intention of supporting Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution. American Dawn PAC has since fallen to the wayside, officially folding in 2001 in the aftermath of Charles Fong's defeat against Ohio Senator Tyler Grayson. Mark O'Halloran sat down with a Sam Adams on the table and his Blackberry in his hand. Throughout the night he was receiving calls from Republican candidates that pledged their support to the businessman for the Chairmanship. Despite its lack of press coverage, Mark O'Halloran was the frontrunner and the appointed candidate to replace Senator Gerald Hatfield. His other Anointed One, Genevieve Washburn, saw much success over Mayor Chelsea Summers. Maybe it was Hatfield that was the real talisman. O'Halloran founded a political action committee of his own, yet it was more of a grassroots organization than anything else. It was an interview on WNC Business that saw the political rise of his own brand. He didn't intend to become the leader of a revolution, only to air grievances against the political machine that Julie van Moren and Barry Steadman had created. The O'Halloran Rant, as it is now called, was one that triggered a wave within the GOP. Family Values Caucus Chairwoman Cynthia Kirkland first brought attention the O'Halloran Rant. Describing it the source of a political revolution, the myth began to spread. In truth, he was simply an overworked and overstressed businessman that recently retired from leading Hamilton Financials to do reports for WNC: Financial on the New York Stock Exchange and New York Mercantile Exchange floor. He was a bit overqualified, but he wanted a buffer before he jumped into a position in the media, or maybe elective politics in Massachusetts or New York. He still remembered the rant he gave, the minute-long anti-van Moren frustration-fueled monologue that stirred Conservatives throughout the United States. It was not at all intended to start a movement, yet it did. Mark O'Halloran, a simple businessman, became a Conservative folk hero, or, as Amanda Knatchbull would put it, a "made-for-Media television star." Indeed he was charismatic, a young face with white hair and a thick south Boston accent to boot. What he did not expect was a movement with him at the barycenter. Since Ronald Reagan's 1980 coalition that gave the Republicans the Presidency and the Senate, the Republican party had three major wings. The most important wing in a Presidential primary is most likely the Social Conservatives. They are well known for throwing their support behind candidates who care more on rhetoric than solutions, which is why they are considered the hotbed for the Reactionary Conservative. Fiscal Conservatism, which obviously is where the money is made, has been relatively popular throughout the '90s and 2000s, though it has seen a relative falling out in comparison to the Social Conservatives and the third wing. War Hawks have always been a strong part of both parties, however, many consider Reagan for pushing many of them into the Republican column. Military contractors have made their living off of those who support massive amounts of investment into the Defense Department- Ike's nightmare had been long since realized. Yet it was Ted Porter that many blame for breaking the Reagan Coalition or at least being a large part to crush it. Ted Porter was very pro-life, though stated that he would support reform in abortion policy, making a key distinction from the accused support of "abortion on demand." Porter made Social Conservatives more welcome in the Democratic party, to the deep displeasure of the Democratic party leadership, mind you. The Republican party would struggle through the '90s to regain their foothold in American politics. The 1994 Congressional elections would see Gingrich take Washington by storm, though a moderate revolt would see Joe Portella to the Speakership. While Ashley Adair and Charles Fong failed to retake the White House in their respective '96 and 2000 bids, it was Anthony Rifenburg that managed to stick the landing and serve a very successful first year in office. While he served into his third, 2006 hit President Rifenburg hard, emotionally and professionally. Many openly wondered if Anthony Rifenburg had a brain aneurysm by the time the 2006 elections rolled around. 2007 was difficult as well, though far less active. The 7/7 Attacks, of course, brought Vissering to the Presidency and Rifenburg a retirement from politics as a whole. Now we have the present. Julie van Moren, off of a successful year in office, dealt with one of the worst economic collapses since 1929. The Great Recession, as it is already being labeled, very much gave the Republicans a needed boost in November. Previously Barry Steadman was likely going to hit 1975 numbers in Democratic control of the House. It was not to be as the economy collapsed. It was time for the Minuteman movement, the one that O'Halloran made the ball rolling through O'Halloran's network of monetary support and Cynthia Kirkland's political support, to truly shine. Tonight, they actually did it. Yet whether or not they would stay loyal was another question. Now, however, it was time for O'Halloran to take over the reins of the Republican party. Yet many questioned exactly how a Conservative like O'Halloran, a businessman with little political experience, was able to be the favorite to succeed Gerald Hatfield. Many cite the Vissering political machine for helping boost his standing amongst establishment Republicans, while others, like the Minuteman movement, consider O'Halloran to be the new "ideas man" of the GOP. Then RGA Chairman Reverend Jim Anderson threw a large amount of networked support his way. It was an uphill battle against other Chairmanship candidates such as former White House Chief of Staff Thouret or Ohio GOP Chairwoman Beverly Prescott, but Mark had a base of support he knew he could count on. -- Marty January 1st, 2011 12:32 AM, Eastern Standard Time The Oval Office, White House Everything that this White House had worked for just disappeared. Julie van Moren was livid. She was livid at Barry for completely dumping the House, she was mad at Chris for managing such a failure in the party, she was mad at Ed and Dick for their bickering over when to stop the banking crisis. Now, I was absolutely sure that Alex was going to be fired for not pushing hard enough in the lame duck session of Congress. The economy completely sidelined our Administration. Somehow I felt like the Rifenburg Administration could relate to us. Yet they couldn't, not by a longshot. The Republican party was the ones that destroyed themselves and now stumbled upon a majority in the House and momentum in the Senate that they did not earn. They still dog whistle and race bait their way to power. Their beliefs were one hundred percent morally corrupt. They say that they want to have small government and responsible spending, yet they were no different from the Walter Mondale they mocked for being honest on raising taxes. Marty often thought of his pessimism, whether or not it was really the legacy he wants to bring. Martin Grunman was a young Democrat on the rise in Illinois politics. Sure there was a fair amount of rat****ery going on, but that's how life is like in the Land of Lincoln. Marty, on the other hand, was different from everyone else. He was a populist, but one that would tell it like it is and could care less if people had their feelings hurt. Yet that "tell it like it is" philosophy is why he is loathed by progressives and conservatives alike in the Windy City. Grunman took on David Burke, a popular, young Progressive that had done a relatively good job as the mayor of both of their hometown. Marty Grunman was only 32 when he became Attorney General of Illinois, Mayor of Chicago at 35 would be another huge accomplishment. His first mistake was only running for one term, leaving Grunman no good options if he was defeated by the Cook County State's Attorney. He would, by a margin of forty points. Grunman was surprised when the Ed Rose campaign asked for the young Illinoisan to be the head counsel of the campaign. He agreed, on the basis that Grunman didn't take a job in the White House, thinking he could set himself to succeed then-Chairwoman Robinson. Grunman would find himself as the lead strategist of the Rose campaign by the time the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner rolled around. He remembered helping write the Senator's address, though it was van Moren that he began to keep an eye on. Iowa came with its win for the Michigander, yet it was ethical questions that Senator Rose stumbled on in the platform that Marty drew away from Ed. He fully left the campaign after a rousing defeat for Senator Rose in the Manchester Debate. Marty Grunman changed his plans as he changed campaigns. He was more open to being the White House Counsel, but never the White House Chief of Staff. van Moren found success after success, with Rose being tapped for VP upon van Moren Campaign Counsel Marty Grunman's suggestion. Grunman would be asked to lead the transition, which somewhat spooked him. The Cabinet would be a potpourri of progressives and moderates, technocrats and careerists, policy wonks and ambitious politicians. Aretha Roosevelt, Josh Jahnson, Zach Kogan, Pat DeLauro, and Alex Mulcahey were those that Grunman particularly suggested. Then, despite some protest, van Moren selected Marty Grunman as the White House Counsel. When things are quiet in the Office of the White House Counsel, that usually means times are good. Other than issuing a portfolio on Guantanamo Bay torture, Marty Grunman had rarely been before a television camera since residing in 1600 Penn. Yet it wasn't his first time working in the hallowed halls, in the same decade as well. The main reason as to why is because one of Grunman's first jobs in D.C. was working in the staff of Congressman Sutherland. Sutherland's ascension to the Speakership brought up an important question of whether or not the charismatic 30-year-old wanted to be the Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House or not. He would accept the position, though he thought of his career as an attorney would probably be stalled. Then Sutherland became the 43rd President of the United States, with the young Grunman following behind him. -- "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." The President would state, talking to no one in particular. "Excuse me?" The young staffer would meekly ask. It was a tough day for the thirty-one-year-old. For now, he had found the former Speaker in the Oval Office. "It means you have to do what you need to do." "Simple enough..." "It is," the President replies, turning around, "but am I really destined to become President?" "Frankly I think it's a bunch of baloney, destiny. I'm an idealist, but I'm also a realist. I know what can work and what doesn't." "Fair enough. You've got some names?" "Yup, I've got a few. Christopher Grant, safest candidate and would help with the Porter coalition; Ben Thomas, the political love child of Einstein and da Vinci; Anderson Sinner, foreign policy gravitas plus, like Thomas, he won't give or take any b.s.; April Robinson, national clout, plus..." "Robinson..." the President would whisper to himself. "She's a good candidate for building coalitions; Harrison LeCleavers, business experience, many of the pros of Robinson but without national clout, the only con is that he was already selected to be the Secretary of Labor." "Robinson..." He continued to himself. "There's also John Julius Gurley, Nick O'Malley, Ed Kensington, and Margaret Clyde." "I'm thinking of going with April Robinson. It'd make the most sense in a national scale. Plus, she had been pushed out because the Republicans won the Senate." "I have to agree with you, it's a good choice." "Now as for you..." "Mr. President, you know that I insist that I am not ready for a White House position. I know how insistent you were about having me in the Speaker's office, but I've got a career to run." "Marty, c'mon, it's a job in the Chief of Staff's office." "Mr. President, there's a reason why people consider the White House the Olympus of lawyers, not because it's heaven, but because that's where they go when they want to pass on and die. The simple fact is I don't want the job because I..." "Go on, spit it out." "I want to run for office myself." "Ooh?" There was a sudden silence. "Congress?" "No, state office in Illinois." "State Senate?" "Attorney General." "You're gonna need employment at least for the first few months...how about Deputy White House Counsel?" "I'll sleep it over." "Take as long as you want, I'll tell Margaret Clyde you're probably gonna sleep in tomorrow." -- Marty took a scotch from his office. He intended it for a victory, but 2010 was a complete drenching of Republican red across the country. Was he scared? Hardly. He was more overjoyed at the fact they had this map over 2012's Class I crop. So far it looked like the Republicans were going to have a decent chance to retake the U.S. Senate, along with holding the House. He pulled up a recent WNC News Senate Map. The map was a statistical nightmare, with Arizona's Ray Baudin, Nebraska's Bob Baudin, Florida's Natalia Alvarez, Missouri's Elizabeth Gates, and Indiana's Bobby Kilhorn in the greatest danger of losing their seats. The makeup was 54-44, and with five Senators almost ensured to go down, they were doomed. The only saving grace was an unusually strong Democratic bench in Tennessee, which included former Governor Jim Cryer (defeated by less than half a percent in his latest election), Tennessee Attorney General Isaac Wilder, and even former U.S. Attorney General Jackson Saroyan being nudged into a potential swipe for the GOP. Elsewhere, there's longtime Baudin Family ally and San Antonio Mayor Rafael Fernandez being mentioned as a potential challenger to Conservative firebrand Cynthia Kirkman. Regardless, with James Terrus winning in Michigan of all states, it was likely that Rachel Andrews, Daniel Wolfe, and Harrison LeCleavers all are in danger of losing their seats to populist Republicans. Either way, they were fielding Michigan State Senator Izzy Rodríguez in an effort to unseat the young, populist Terrus. So far, it looks like Barry Steadman was going to stay out of this election, for now. Barry July 5th, 2011 6:04 AM, Central Daylight Time Klode Park, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin The former Congressman decided to go in for a good swim in the early morning. Backstroking in the unusually warm Lake Michigan, the former Speaker of the House decided to relax for the first time in many years. It was sixteen years ago that Barry Steadman first ran for Congress, and it had been ages before that when he became a relatively popular figure. There have been few times that Barry Steadman could properly retire from the 24/7 nature of politics, and this is one of them. Since he left D.C. after losing the House Minority Leader election in 2011, that whole city went up in flames. The Minutemen Caucus took over the Republican party with South Carolinian Carson Luke leading the charge. However, the establishment and liberal Republicans in the GOP caucus managed to install Kim Hoynes as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Meanwhile, the Democrats dumped Steadman as many rushed towards Santiago Vega. Ever since January 3rd, 2011, things have become increasingly worse for the country. The economy continued to fall as unemployment reached about seven percent as inflation began to rise in tandem. The economic growth started in the Porter years and continued through the Sutherland Administration became a boom under Rifenburg and Vissering. While the van Moren Administration tried its darndest to prevent the economic collapse of the United States, that's about what happened when Dick Olson refused to intervene in the economy. Sure that is an unfair presumption, but that's not what really sucks about this whole situation. Ted Porter and Andrew Sutherland made the economic boom of the 90s and 2000s, yet it is Rifenburg and Vissering that is credited for it. The dangerous deregulation caused by Alexander-Messina and other Republican-led initiatives made the van Moren Administration the ones with the blame. Now, the working class has become entranced by the Conservative cause, driven by populist rage. Progressive populism is clearly on the way out, and it is only a matter of time when the van Moren Administration is going to fail. Steadman looked back at the past few months. He was forced out of Congress by colleagues who blamed James Terrus, the Republican wave, and the 2010 Economic Crisis on the Speaker of the House. While the true blame is at the doorstep of 1600 Penn, Barry Steadman could not care less. The Democratic party is on the way out, yet the former Speaker of the House, now thoroughly out of Congress, is able to retire from politics. Madison Democrats are livid at Governor Hewitt's evisceration of the unions and are suggesting a recall election against him in 2012. Perhaps Steadman can leave national politics for statewide. Things appeared to be cooling down, that is except for the floods. Josh July 5th, 2011 10:12 PM, Central Daylight Time The Governor's Mansion, Birmingham, Alabama The Governor of Alabama just finished his speech to the people of his state. The younger of the Vissering twins, Josh Vissering was an investment banker who made his money through investing on Wall Street. When the Alabama GOP courted Josh Vissering to run for the Alabama Governorship, they believed Josh Vissering could do well enough in the GOP primary to run for Congress in 2012. What they didn't expect was his uncanny ability to connect with people. At thirty-five, Josh passed Johnathan to become the new heir apparent to the burgeoning Vissering Dynasty. What everyone in America didn't expect was an unusually cold October and November. The day of the 2010 Republican Revolution, Alabamans had to trudge through the three-inch-deep snow to get to the polls. A record cold snap in January and February ruined citrus crops in Florida, Texas, and California, while Tallahassee broke a record low temperature for Florida, dropping to -4 Degrees, two less than the 1899 record. Josh Vissering would privately joke with his brother Johnathan that it was like America was cursed with plagues. If economic ruin, record-breaking snowfall in the Rockies and Appalachians were the first two plagues, then the third plague was soon to come. As the snow melted in the Spring, the floods began. The Colorado, Arkansas, Red, the North, South, and proper Platte Rivers, Ohio, Wabash, Tennessee, Yazoo, Coosa, Alabama, Mobile, Suwanee, Apalachicola, St. Johns, and Savannah Rivers all began to severely flood. Yet none eclipsed the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi Floods. Due to massive supercells (including the infamous Super Outbreak of 2011) in March, April, and May that caused numerous tornadoes that severely destroyed places like Tuscaloosa, Joplin, and Effingham. The Mississippi River had always been speculated to want to divert into the Atchafalaya Basin, which holds the river the basin is named after. Yet that city is perhaps the most dangerous city a place could be built, on the banks of the river that an enormous, far more powerful one wants to flow. The floods severely impacted major cities such as Louisville, St. Louis, Memphis, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Montgomery, Jacksonville, Savannah, Sioux Falls, while also heavily impacting cities such as New Madrid, Paducah, Natchez, Vicksburg, Macon, and Mobile. The floods would eventually subside as the Army Corps of Engineers would famously struggle to keep the Mississippi River in its own basin rather than dump into the Atchafalaya River or overflow the locks that hold New Orleans. A city already afflicted by Hurricane Katrina, a diversion in the Mississippi River could forever doom the largely below-sea-level metropolis. While many individuals would focus on the flood, malaria cases would spike, especially in the St. Johns River basin in Florida. It was not long until a highly infectious strain of malaria would appear in Kissimmee, Florida. Patient Zero would be quickly identified at an alligator-themed theme park in Orlando. Yet there was a complication, the individual in question, one Curtis Ferguson, was a resident of Montgomery, Alabama. His family was in Alabama, and his wife Tammy was likely infected with the strain of malaria. Suddenly in Montgomery's Jackson Hospital, an individual, not related to the Ferguson family in any form, died as he intended to walk himself into the ER despite him clearly being infected by a strain of malaria. That was Sunday, July 3rd, two days ago. Now, the malaria strain, dubbed by the media as Ferguson's Fever despite the family's express wishes not to be associated with the outbreak, has become viral over the Fourth of July. When news came on July 4th, many cities across Alabama and Florida closed their July Fourth fireworks displays. Today, July 5th, 2011, was the day that Governor Josh Vissering declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama. Still shaking after reciting his speech, his incumbency in this crisis, which his staffers joked as a "Devine appointment" due to his rapid gaining of support in the 2010 election, is clear. Josh Vissering absolutely believed that his Creator was the only thing that would stop this from becoming out of hand. He knows the apocalypse would eventually take place, but a fervent Bible reader, he knows this is not the way the world goes. Now if only he could convince every Alabaman to immunize, Andrew Wakefield-believers notwithstanding.
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