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27151  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Alternative Elections / 2012-Clinton/Bayh v. Gingrich/Ensign on: January 01, 2008, 05:51:37 pm
In 2008, the ticket of Clinton/Bayh defeats Romney/Barbour 357-181 in the EC and 54-46 in the PV.  The Democrats gain 6 seats in the Senate and 11 in the House.  In late 2009 Hillary begins bringing the troops home, leaving only a small force which also leaves in the middle of 2012.

Hillary raises taxes slightly after taking office, although gas prices go down slightly as well.

Newt Gingrich is elected Governor of Georgia in 2010, and decides to seek the GOP nomination.  He edges out Senator Ensign and Governor Pawlenty, and chooses Ensign as his running mate, after being endorsed by all the other candidates.  Please discuss with maps.

27152  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: a question about the republican convention? on: January 01, 2008, 05:41:09 pm
I don't think Bush will get a primetime spot.  It will just remind people of the past eight years, and I think they would like to move on.
27153  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Atlas for America: Original President Forever Scenario on: January 01, 2008, 03:35:45 pm
I think I'll run with Joe Lieberman.
27154  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: AndrewCT (R) vs. Warner for Senate '08 (D) on: January 01, 2008, 02:15:04 pm
Go Warner/Lief! Smiley
27155  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: January 01, 2008, 02:14:14 pm
Positive
27156  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Breaking: Musgrove WON'T run for Senate on: January 01, 2008, 10:57:03 am
What home-runs did he hit in 2006 again? Not trying to be an ass, I've just forgotten. Tester and Webb were both grass/net-roots candidates. I think he recruited Casey, but really, anyone would have beaten Santorum 2006.

I'm not knocking Schumer's abilities as DSCC head; he's a great fundraiser, without a doubt. But he's not the recruiting God people were making him out to be, as has been evidenced so far this year.

That's true, although Schumer did do a good recruiting job on Webb.  Rahm Immanuel, Schumer's counterpart in the House, is more the recruiting type.
27157  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Re: Which sitting Senator or Senators would make good Presidents? on: January 01, 2008, 10:40:05 am
Aside from Obama, Evan Bayh is the only one who comes to mind. He may also be the only former Governor in the Senate, come to think of it... I can't think of any others, though that doesn't mean they don't exist.

Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Tom Carper of Delaware, Kit Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, George Voinovich of Ohio, and Jay Rockefeller or West Virginia also served as Governor before they were elected to the Senate.
27158  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy New Year! on: January 01, 2008, 12:16:59 am
Have a happy and Democratic New Year! Smiley
27159  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 31, 2007, 11:29:57 pm
Positive
27160  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Al Frankin running for Senate in Minnesota, and if so what are his chances? on: December 31, 2007, 11:28:55 pm
He's running to help what should have been a tough race become a fairly easy and comfortable victory for Senator Coleman. We are grateful.

I disagree.  I think Franken is a good candidate, and once the race gets into September and October people will see that Franken is serious, and he will win in a close race.

Serious? Have you seen the Coleman video of Franken on Iraq? That video alone would end Franken.

I have not, could you provide a link?

http://www.colemanforsenate.com/multimedia/

Thanks, although I didn't like what I saw.
27161  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Al Frankin running for Senate in Minnesota, and if so what are his chances? on: December 31, 2007, 11:02:29 pm
He's running to help what should have been a tough race become a fairly easy and comfortable victory for Senator Coleman. We are grateful.

I disagree.  I think Franken is a good candidate, and once the race gets into September and October people will see that Franken is serious, and he will win in a close race.

Serious? Have you seen the Coleman video of Franken on Iraq? That video alone would end Franken.

I have not, could you provide a link?
27162  General Discussion / History / Re: Adolph Hitler's Biggest Mistake on: December 31, 2007, 11:01:07 pm
Of the choices given, I would definitley say Hitler's biggest mistake was invading the USSR.  At the time, the USSR, while perhaps not a close ally, was at least not openly supporting the Allies.  By invading Russia, Hitler alienated his only true ally, and allowed them to go over to the other side.  If he had not done so, he would probably have won the war.
27163  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 31, 2007, 10:40:20 pm
Very positive
27164  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Breaking: Musgrove WON'T run for Senate on: December 31, 2007, 07:11:45 pm
There goes the only chance we had of taking that seat.
27165  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Is Al Frankin running for Senate in Minnesota, and if so what are his chances? on: December 31, 2007, 06:46:12 pm
He's running to help what should have been a tough race become a fairly easy and comfortable victory for Senator Coleman. We are grateful.

I disagree.  I think Franken is a good candidate, and once the race gets into September and October people will see that Franken is serious, and he will win in a close race.
27166  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your opinion, in general, of the preceding poster? on: December 31, 2007, 05:55:21 pm
Positive
27167  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Which sitting Senator or Senators would make good Presidents? on: December 31, 2007, 05:05:10 pm
Off the top of my head I say Snowe, Schumer, Kennedy, Lieberman and Dodd, Specter, Biden, Mikulski, Byrd, Warner, Cochran, Pryor and Lincoln, Nelson and Hagel, Voinovich, Lugar and Bayh, Obama, Levin, Feingold and Kohl, Harkin and Grassley, McCain, Hatch, Reid, and Inouye.
27168  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Re: Best role for Joe Biden on: December 31, 2007, 04:56:01 pm
He should stay in the Senate.  As chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, he can have a lot of influence on legislation.  In any other role besides President he is purely an adviser, with no ability to create legislation or make changes.
27169  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Could RFK won Texas in 1968? on: December 31, 2007, 04:51:52 pm
Yes, although Wallace would be a close second.
27170  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Make an Electoral Map of an election between the preceding two posters on: December 31, 2007, 04:49:04 pm

Rocky: 321 EV
Lief: 217 EV
27171  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: is the preceding member of the forum a "troll" on: December 31, 2007, 04:45:11 pm
No
27172  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Choice chain for the new year! on: December 31, 2007, 04:44:34 pm
The Clash

The Simpsons or Family Guy
27173  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Most Likely Comeback. Somewhere, sometime... on: December 31, 2007, 04:41:18 pm
I think Knowles will get a congressional seat, Ford will replace Alexander in the Senate or Bredesen as Governor, and Chafee may be elected as a Democrat to Congress or Governor.
27174  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Atlas for America: Original President Forever Scenario on: December 31, 2007, 11:33:02 am
Title: Senator
First Name: Benjamin
Last Name: Constine
Sex: Male
State: Virginia
Age: 59
Starting Funds: $100,000,000
Party: Democrat
Candidate Image: Mark Warner



Leadership: 4
Integrity: 4
Experience: 4
Issue Familiarity: 4
Charisma: 3
Stamina: 5
Debating: 5



Candidate Blurb: A moderate Democrat from the South, he is ready to end the partisan fighting and once again make America united.





Abortion
Unrestricted access to abortions.
Legal abortions in the first two trimesters for the mother's health.
Legal abortions in the first trimester for the mother's health.
No legal abortions, except to save the mother's life or rape.
No legal abortions.

Affirmative Action
Make all federal agencies follow strict quotas.
Diversity is a compelling reason for affirmative action.
The benefits of diversity can justify affirmative action.
Affirmative action programs only in certain cases.
Abolish all federal affirmative action programs.


Balanced Budget
A deficit is fine - focus on social programs.
Military spending is more important than the deficit.
Balance lowering the deficit with other priorities.
A Balanced Budget amendment to eliminate the deficit.
Eliminate all national debt as quickly as possible.


Business Tax
Significantly increase business taxation.
Increase business taxation.
Businesses are taxed the right amount.
Reduce business taxation.
Significantly reduce business taxation.


Stem Cell Research
Unrestricted Stem Cell Research with full federal funding.
Large scale funding for stem cell research. Few restrictions.
Let states choose whether or not to fund stem cell research.
Limited funding for adult stem cell research.
Ban all stem cell research that requires aborted fetuses!


Ecology
The environment is a huge concern and should be priority!
Good environmental policies are good economic policies.
Balance environmental policies with sound economic policies.
Economic policies must come before environmental policies.
The environment is fine, we don't need to worry about it.


Education
No school vouchers, large increase to federal funding.
No school vouchers, increase federal funding.
Lower-income school vouchers, increase federal funding.
School vouchers for lower-income students.
School vouchers for anyone.


Free Trade
We need large tariff barriers to protect all our industries.
Some industries need to be protected.
Open markets should be approached with caution.
Most markets should be open.
All markets should be open!


Gun Control
Ban all guns!
Ban certain guns, and require registration/background checks.
Guns control is a state issue.
We should be very wary of gun control.
Gun ownership is constitutionally protected - no gun control!


Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
Same-sex marriage, even if not in name.
Retain marriage as it is, but explore civil unions.
Marriage is between a man and a woman.
We need to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.


Immigration
Immigration is great, illegal immigrants granted amnesty.
Legal immigration is great.
Legal immigration is fine, but immigration laws must be obeyed.Reduce legal immigration, crack down on illegal immigration.
Immigration is destroying the country, stop all immigration now!

Bush Doctrine
No wars of aggression and Empire! Small military for defense only!
Global Test: UN will decide if action is legitimate.
Only go to war if we or our allies are attacked directly!
Make sure we can back up a pre-emptive war with solid intelligence.
Pre-emptive war: Act unilaterally to defend America's interests.


Homeland Security
The Office of Homeland Security is not necessary.
Fund the Office of Homeland security only when extremely necessary.
Make Homeland Security a priority only when an attack is imminent.
Homeland Security should be a priority when evidence demands it.
Homeland security should be #1 priority, regardless of terror alert level.


Personal Tax
Increase income tax for everyone.
Increase income tax for the rich.
Reduce income tax for lower- and middle-class tax brackets.
Reduce income tax across the board.
Reduce income tax for the rich.


Public Health Care
We need a completely public health care system.
Universal health care, whether public or private.
Public health care benefits for the poor and elderly, the rest private.
Only a few public health care benefits.
The health care system should be completely private.


Renewable Energy
Renewable energy all the way!
We should focus on renewable energy sources.
Renewable and non-renewable energy must be equally researched.
Coal and oil are our main concerns right now.
We don't need to worry about renewable energy sources.

Unemployment
Raise taxes to fund government incentives to employers.
Increase government retraining programs to increase skilled labor.
Lower taxes to push the economy and increase government retraining.
Economic growth will curb unemployment, no government programs.
Lowering taxes will encourage economic growth and create jobs.


Terrorism
We should surrender to the terrorists.
We need to fight the cause of terrorism, economic and social injustice.
Focus on better foreign policy, but use military force if we must.
We should not hesitate to use military force against terrorism.
Terrorism can only be stopped one way: military force.
27175  Election Archive / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign / Re: Which Sitting Governor or Governors Would Make A Good President? on: December 31, 2007, 10:34:54 am
I would say Kaine, Easley, Bredesen, Perdue, Crist, Henry, Sebelius, Granholm, Rendell, Arnold, Palin and Lingle.
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