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« Reply #200 on: March 30, 2012, 08:33:53 am »
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Are you going to mention the good ol' Wilkinson in this TL?
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« Reply #201 on: March 30, 2012, 08:51:18 am »

Are you going to mention the good ol' Wilkinson in this TL?

Of course. Smiley
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« Reply #202 on: March 31, 2012, 08:24:07 am »
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Whoa. Will Thad ever win a race? (unless of course, this actually does result in his nomination for Senate)

You may be on to something Smiley

Thad would have won the primary, but sustained too much damage from the Crowley-Stevenson tag-team in the last debate.

Hopefully I'm not jumping the shark here.

My only complaint was the whole Shakespearian dialogue.  I mean, who the f*** talks like that?

Other than that, it was great.
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« Reply #203 on: April 03, 2012, 03:41:57 pm »

Whoa. Will Thad ever win a race? (unless of course, this actually does result in his nomination for Senate)

You may be on to something Smiley

Thad would have won the primary, but sustained too much damage from the Crowley-Stevenson tag-team in the last debate.

Hopefully I'm not jumping the shark here.

My only complaint was the whole Shakespearian dialogue.  I mean, who the f*** talks like that?

Other than that, it was great.

Just Thad. Smiley

I will tone it down if it interferes with the reading experience.

Anyway, if anybody has criticism I encourage it more than praise, as it does neither me nor the reader any good to be writing poorly.
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« Reply #204 on: April 03, 2012, 05:01:12 pm »

Rebirth: 1982

Following the tragic series of events, Thad had planned on retiring from electoral politics and venturing back to Bangor to start afresh. However, after correspondence with his friend Areus Hok’ee, he was convinced to continue his campaign for Senate, and the Maine Republican Committee narrowly voted to place his name on the ballot instead of the deceased Hank Stevenson. Thad made several changes, however.

The first was the immediate firing of Rolfe, who Thad previously assaulted. Secondly, Thad returned all of the money donated by Davis Griffin and severance of all ties to the RNC Chairman. Lastly, Thad made a private vow to cease all negative campaigning for the rest of his career. He would publicly write these changes off as merely “necessary as the dynamics of the race have changed.”

The bruising, slanderous and literally fatal primary campaign would not be Thad’s final tribulation. President Scoop Jackson’s approvals stood at 53% on the eve of his nomination, and the Democrats had a strong candidate in George Mitchell. His 28.45% of the vote in the primary was far from a mandate and conservative Hayes Gahagan could plausibly serve as a spoiler.

Thad remained undaunted by the straits laid before him. Polls showed Thad narrowly trailing Mitchell, but as fall came about the Republicans largely coalesced around Thad for the sake of bolstering the sake of defeating Mitchell. The charges of inexperience still dogged Thad, as well as the “bachelor question” as coined by the local media, but Thad was far better poised to enter the Senate than he had been four years ago.
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« Reply #205 on: April 04, 2012, 12:04:30 am »

1982 Senate Elections

Arizona

Dennis Deconcini (D), 62.87% - Evan Mecham (R), 37.13% (D Hold)

California

Pete McCloskey (R), 57.21% - John Tunney (D), 41.50% - Others, 1.29% (R Hold)

Connecticut

Lowell Weicker (R), 53.46% - William O’Neill, (D) 44.29% - Others, 2.25% (R Hold)

Delaware

William Roth (R), 52.64% - David N. Levinson (D), 47.36% (R Hold)

Florida

Lawton Chiles (D), 68.65% - Claude Kirk (R), 31.35% (D Hold)

Hawaii

Spark Matsunaga (D), Unopposed (D Hold)

Indiana

Richard Lugar (R), 50.14% - Philip Sharp (D), 38.79% - Joel Deckard (I), 11.07% (R Hold)

Maine

Thad O’Connor (R), 46.21% - George Mitchell (D), 42.68% - Hayes E. Gahagan (I), 9.53% - Others, 1.58% (R Pick-up)

Maryland

Paul Sarbanes (D), 57.82% - Thomas J. Mooney (R), 42.18% (D Hold)

Massachusetts

Edward M. Kennedy (D), 57.62% - Francis W. Sargent (R), 39.74% - Edward F. King (I), 2.64% (D Hold)

Michigan

Mic Ceriel (R), 48.07% - Donald Riegle (D), 45.72% - Others, 6.21% (R Pick-up)

Minnesota

David Durenburger (R), 63.46% - Donald M. Fraser (D), 36.54% (R Hold)

Mississippi

John C. Stennis (D), 71.82% - Charles Evers (R), 28.18% (D Hold)

Missouri

John Danforth (R), 47.13% - Harold Volkmer (D), 46.92% - Fred Anderson (I), 5.95% (R Hold)

Montana

Scott Westman (D), 58.32% - Rick Hill (R), 35.74% - Paul Rhineberg (ID), 5.94% (D Hold)

Nebraska

Edward Zorinsky (D), 61.58% - Dushe Dedman (R), 38.42% (D Hold)

Nevada

Howard Cannon (D), 52.72% - Chris Hail (R) 47.28% (D Hold)

New Jersey

Millicent Fenwick (R), 56.74% - Frank Lautenberg (D), 43.26% (R Hold)

New Mexico

Harrison Schmidt (R), 56.08% - Harold Runnels (D), 43.92% (R Hold)

New York

Daniel P. Moynihan (D), 47.34% - Bill Green (R/L), 39.61% - William Carney (C/RTL), 13.05% (D Hold)

North Dakota

Quentin Burdick (D), 58.72% - Gene Knorr (R), 41.28% (D Hold)

Ohio

Paul Pfeifer (R), 50.31% - Howard Metzenbaum (D), - 49.69% (R Pick-up)

Pennsylvania

John Heinz (R), 60.61% - Frank L. Rizzo (D), - 39.39% (R Hold)

Rhode Island

John Chafee (R), 54.70% - Joseph Garrahy (D), - 45.30% (R Hold)

Tennessee

Jim Sasser (D), 54.99% - Winfield Dunn (R), 45.01% (D Hold)

Texas
 
James “Fergie” Garner (R), 43.13% - Harold Barefoot Sanders (D), 37.30% - Edwin A. Walker (AI), 19.57% (R Pick-up)

Utah

Orrin Hatch (R), 62.87% - Ted Wilson (D), 37.13% (R Hold)

Vermont

Lawrence I. Coventry (R), 74.20% - Jerome Diamond (D), 25.80% (R Hold)

Virginia

Harry Byrd (D), 53.77% - Paul S. Trible (R), 46.33% (D Hold)

Washington

Santiago St. Avila (R), 50.44% - Dixy Lee Ray (D), 49.56% (R Pick-up)

Washington (Special)

Jasper Morrill (R), 51.34% – Brad Owen (D), 48.66% (R Pick-up)

West Virginia

Robert Byrd (D), 65.23% - Cecil Underwood (R), 34.77% (D Hold)

Wisconsin

William Proxmire (D), 58.73% - Scott McCallum (R), 41.27% (D Hold)

Wyoming

Malcolm Wallop (R), 54.10% - Rodger McDaniel (D), 42.63% - Others, 3.27% (R Hold)

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« Reply #206 on: April 04, 2012, 08:26:34 am »

Alabama:
Jefferson Dent (D)*
Howell Heflin (D)


Alaska:
Ted Stevens (R)
Clark Gruening (D)

Arizona:
Bob Stump (D)
Dennis DeConcini (D)

Arkansas:
David Pryor (D)
Dale Bumpers (D)


California:
Alan Cranston (D)
Pete McCloskey (R)

Colorado:
Gary Hart (D)
Bill Armstrong (R)

Connecticut:
Lowell Weicker (R)
Christopher Dodd (D)

Delaware:
Joe Biden (D)
William Roth (R)

Florida:
Lawton Chiles (D)
Richard McPherson (D)


Georgia:
Sam Nunn (D)
Herman Talmadge (D)


Hawaii:
Daniel Inouye (D)
Spark Matsunaga (D)


Idaho:
James McClure (R)
Frank Church (D)

Illinois:
Alex Seith (D)
Dan Rostenkowski (D)


Indiana:
Birch Bayh (D)
Richard Lugar (R)

Iowa:
John Culver (D)
Dick Clark (D)


Kansas:
Bob Dole (R)
Joan Finney (D)

Kentucky:
Walter Huddleston (D)
Wendell Ford (D)


Louisiana:
Bennett Johnston Jr. (D)
Russell B. Long (D)


Maine:
William Hathaway (D)
Thad O'Connor (R)

Maryland:
Paul Sarbanes (D)
Charles Mathias (R)

Massachusetts:
Ted Kennedy (D)
Paul Tsongas (D)


Michigan:
Mic Ceriel (R)
Carl Levin (D)

Minnesota:
Walter Mondale (D)
David Durenburger (R)

Mississippi:
John Stennis (D)
Patton Wyde (D)


Missouri:
Thomas Eagleton (D)
John Danforth (R)

Montana:
Scott Westman (D)
Max Baucus (D)


Nebraska:
James Exon (D)
Edward Zorinsky (D)

Nevada:
Paul Laxalt (R)
Howard Cannon (D)

New Hampshire:
Thomas McIntyre (D)
John A. Durkin (D)


New Jersey:
Harrison Williams (D)
Millicent Fenwick (R)

New Mexico:
Bruce King (D)
Harrison Schmidt (R)

New York:
Jacob Javits (R)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D)

North Carolina:
Robert Burren Morgan (D)
John Ingram (D)


North Dakota:
Quentin Burdick (D)
Warren F. Ford (R)

Ohio:
John Glenn (D)
Paul Pfeifer (R)

Oklahoma:
David Boren (D)
Wes Watkins (D)

Oregon:
Mark Hatfield (R)
Bob Duncan (D)

Pennsylvania:
John Heinz (R)
John Murtha (D)

Rhode Island:
Claiborne Pell (D)
John Chafee (R)

South Carolina:
Strom Thurmond (R)
Ernest Hollings (D)

South Dakota:
George McGovern (D)
Larry Pressler (R)

Tennessee:
Marilyn Lloyd (D)
Jim Sasser (D)


Texas:
Bob Krueger (D)
James "Fergie" Garner (R)

Utah:
Jake Garn (R)
Orrin Hatch (R)


Vermont:
Lawrence I. Coventry (R)
Patrick Leahy (D)

Virginia:
Andrew Miller (D)
Harry Byrd (D)


Washington:
Santiago St. Avila (R)
Jasper Morrill (R)

West Virginia:
Jennings Randolph (D)
Robert Byrd (D)


Wisconsin:
William Proxmire (D)
Gaylord Nelson (D)

Wyoming:
Malcolm Wallop (R)
Alan Simpson (R)




Senate Composition:

D: 68 R: 32

President Pro Tempore: John Stennis (D-MS)
Majority Leader: Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Majority Whip: Richard McPherson (D-FL)*

Minority Leader: Ted Stevens (R-AK)
Minority Whip: Lawrence I. Coventry (R-VT)

House Composition:

D: 292 R: 142 I: 1

Speaker of the House: Tip O'Neill (D-MA)
Majority Leader: Jim Wright (D-TX)
Majority Whip: John Brademas (D-IN)

Minority Leader: Ericson L. Snell (R-NY)
Minority Whip: Stephen Brainerd (R-CA)


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« Reply #207 on: April 04, 2012, 04:45:37 pm »

TIME – Rift in the Democratic Party?

The 1982 midterm elections saw a modest gain in seats for the Republican Party, but comparatively lackluster to the ’78 or even ’80 pick-ups by the Democratic Party. Only a shallow glance would suggest that the Republican brand is healed, or that the Democrats’ fortunes are waning. That does not mean, however, that there are no heated contentions; in fact, they have been tenser than the previous sessions.

The battle was fought within the ranks of the Democratic Party, and made the McCormack-Udall feud look cordial by comparison. Jefferson Dent, dissatisfied with Byrd’s enabling of the President, sought to challenge his one-time friend for the position of Majority Leader. The vote was reflective of a struggle for the heart of the Democratic Party, between the New Left wing and the moderate-conservative Democrats of the old.

As many expected, Jefferson Dent failed in his attempt to upset the establishment. An excerpt of his press conference, following the vote:

“We gave it our best shot, but we were unable to wrest control of the Democratic Party from the clutches of these conservative interlopers. The leadership and the national party seem content to repeat the mistakes of the sixties, and that is unfortunate. I knew my efforts were in vain, but I loved being a Democrat and thought she deserved one last chance. This is a sign that there must be a change in course, and as such I will be caucusing with the Republicans.

I am still a liberal at heart and don’t plan on changing my registration. But until the Senate and House leadership grow spines and stop granting carte blanche to the Democrats, I see the Republicans as the best opposition party to the President. This is not a move of political convenience by any stretch of the imagination, as I’d actually be better off retaining the Whip position, and being part of the majority. With the way they’ve been acting, that is simply unconscionable.”



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Byrd: Clark Gruening, Bob Stump, Dennis Deconcini, Dale Bumpers, Alan Cranston, Lawton Chiles, Richard McPherson, Herman Talmadge, Alex Seith, Dan Rostenkowski, John Culver, Dick Clark, Joan Finney, Walter Huddleston, Wendell Ford, Carl Levin, John Stennis, Patton Wyde, Max Baucus, James Exon, Edward Zorinsky, Howard Cannon, Thomas McIntyre, Harrison Williams, Bruce King, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Robert B. Morgan, John Glenn, David Boren, Wes Watkins, Bob Duncan, John Murtha, Marilyn Lloyd, Bob Krueger, Andrew Miller, Harry Byrd, Jennings Randolph, Robert Byrd, Gaylord Nelson

Dent: Jefferson Dent, David Pryor, Gary Hart, Christopher Dodd, Joe Biden, Sam Nunn, Daniel Inouye, Frank Church, Birch Bayh, William Hathaway, Paul Tsongas, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Thomas Eagleton, Scott Westman, John A. Durkin, John Ingram, Quentin Burdick, Claiborne Pell, Ernest Hollings, George McGovern, Jim Sasser, Patrick Leahy, William Proxmire

Abstain: Howell Heflin, Spark Matsunaga, Russell B. Long, Paul Sarbanes
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« Reply #208 on: April 06, 2012, 09:02:27 am »

December, 1982 - Presidential Approval Ratings



Approve: 52% Disapprove: 44% Undecided: 5%



HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUPS

December 6th, 1982

Key:

Safe Republican: >10%

Slight Republican: 4-9%

Tossup: 3% difference

Slight Democratic: 4-9%

Safe Democratic: >10%


Jackson vs Connally:



389 - 82 - 67

Jackson vs Laxalt



419 - 89 - 34

Jackson vs DuPont



361 - 89 - 88

Jackson vs Hatfield



357 - 95 - 86

Jackson vs Coventry



394 - 83 - 61
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« Reply #209 on: April 06, 2012, 09:47:56 am »
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Are Jack Kemp and Bob Dole considered serious candidates? And what happened to George Bush?
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« Reply #210 on: April 06, 2012, 10:51:27 am »

Are Jack Kemp and Bob Dole considered serious candidates? And what happened to George Bush?

Bob Dole is much less on the spotlight than OTL, since he was never picked as the Vice Presidential candidate. However, he is seen as one of the icons of the "Mainstream" wing (I'll be doing an entry on that this weekend.)

Jack Kemp is seen as a hero amongst tax cutters, but vilified by the Democratic Party and down-scale voters.

George Bush lost the 1982 Senatorial Primary in an upset to James "Fergie" Garner, whom Thad met at the 1980 RNC.

However, none of the candidates polled have formally declared candidacies yet (and for fun I'll map out any other match-up on request.)
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« Reply #211 on: April 06, 2012, 09:47:51 pm »
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Ewww yuck.

This America sucks!  Almost 1984 and it looks like a landslide re-election already!
The only likable person in that election analysis map thing is Hatfield.

Now the question is no longer if Scott Westman will become an Independent Democrat, but when.
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« Reply #212 on: April 07, 2012, 12:02:38 am »

Ewww yuck.

This America sucks!  Almost 1984 and it looks like a landslide re-election already!
The only likable person in that election analysis map thing is Hatfield.

Now the question is no longer if Scott Westman will become an Independent Democrat, but when.

To be fair, the match-ups were conducted in December of 1982, before the new Congress was even sworn in. Pretty much all of these people (besides Connally) are suffering from a lack of name recognition. Much is to change over the next two years. (And I think if you were more familiar with him, you might like Coventry too.)

For comparison:



Or, conversely,



Anyway, in his '82 Senatorial campaign Westman tacitly appealed to Republicans as being more opposed than supportive of the Jackson agenda. Notice how Paul Rhineberg ("Independent" Democrat) got 6%.
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« Reply #213 on: April 08, 2012, 11:06:22 am »

TIME - The Wings of the Republican Party

Mainstream

Easily the largest faction in the Republican Party, the Mainstream faction has historically held great clout. However, with the defeats of Howard Baker and George Bush, their strength has been veritably diminished despite their great size. The wane may not be irreversible, and they still serve as an essential bridge in Leadership votes, committees, and the Republican Chairmanship.

Figures: Ted Stevens (R-AK), Bob Dole (R-KS), Alan Simpson (R-WY), Jake Garn (R-UT), Pete DuPont (R-DE)
Primary Base of Support: Urban South, Midwest Suburbia, and the Plains

Conservative

A relatively younger faction of the Republican Party that made great strides in the sixties and seventies, their ranks were thinned in the 78 midterms. However, with the defeat of the discredited Mainstream wing, they filled a power vacuum and elected the conservative oil mogul Davis Griffin as National Chairman. Their prospects to replicate such success in two years are fair.

Figures: Ronald Reagan (R-CA), Meldrim Thomson (R-NH), Paul Laxalt (R-NV), Davis Griffin (R-TX), Phil Crane (R-IL), William Armstrong (R-CO), Humphrey Wilkinson (I-WY)
Primary Base of Support: Rural South, Rural Midwest, and the Rockies

Moderate

Sometimes characterized as “liberal” or “Rockefeller Republican”, this wing has seen rapidly diminished influence since the sixties, with the conservative revolution. However, they may have found new life as the chief opposition to President Jackson, and may be restored to their former greatness.

Figures: William Roth (R-DE), John Anderson (R-IL), Charles Mathias (R-MD), Jacob Javits (R-NY), Clifford Case (R-NJ), Mark Hatfield (R-OR), Paul Pfeifer (R-OH), Stephen Brainerd (R-CA), Pete McCloskey (R-CA)
Primary Base of Support: Suburban New England, Suburban California and Cascadia

“Maverick”

An enigmatic faction emerging within the ranks of the Republican Party, this group only qualifies because of its lack of identification and distinction with any of the aforementioned wings. Their name stems from the “Maverick Society”, a formal club established by Areus Hok’ee, its leader. To their credit, they boast two Minority Whips to their name.

Figures: Areus Hok’ee (R-NV), Lawrence Coventry (R-VT), Ericson Snell (R-NY)
Primary Base of Support: The Rockies and Rural New England
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« Reply #214 on: April 08, 2012, 11:51:40 am »
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Wilkinson is Republican, not indy.
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« Reply #215 on: April 08, 2012, 11:56:25 am »

Wilkinson is Republican, not indy.

I had him marked down as an Indy in this timeline since he feels the GOP are too left-wing for his taste.

He worked out a Bernie Sanders-type deal with the WY GOP where he would run in their primary but remain on the ballot as an Independent, winning an open seat upon the retirement of Teno Roncalio. (He caucuses with the Republicans.)

But, if you still find that objectionable I can change it.
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Who the f*** is Hok'ee?

If the "Maverick" wing is what I think it is, then yeah Coventry is probably the favorite potential Republican nominee.
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« Reply #217 on: April 08, 2012, 12:15:43 pm »

Who the f*** is Hok'ee?

Fictional.

A half-Navajo Representative from Nevada, elected in '72 as a change of pace from the conservative Walter S. Baring. Remarkable for his unusual ability to win Native American voters, and for his political base being Vegas. Currently third in the House leadership and comparable to LBJ in his cajolery and intimidation.

Introduced during Thad's sabbatical to Vegas.
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Who the f*** is Hok'ee?

Fictional.

A half-Navajo Representative from Nevada, elected in '72 as a change of pace from the conservative Walter S. Baring. Remarkable for his unusual ability to win Native American voters, and for his political base being Vegas. Currently third in the House leadership and comparable to LBJ in his cajolery and intimidation.

Introduced during Thad's sabbatical to Vegas.

Oh right.

Given Scott Westman's original character background a meetup between the two could be interesting.
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Inauguration: 1983

Thad was sworn-in as Senator on January 3rd, 1983. In a move that surprised many, he opted not to be guided by Hathaway, the Senior Senator, but instead was escorted by Senator Scott Westman to take the oath. While Thad still had mixed feelings about the senator, he felt more familiar with him than the others, Senator-elect Garner notwithstanding. Following the ritual Thad went to be seated, with a smile and reserved pride.

Following the adjournment of the Senate, Thad walked toward the hallway, eager to christen his new office with a Jack and Moxie, only to be accosted by Senator Scott Westman. “Hey lad, I must say I was quite moved that you chose me to escort ya,” he said with a glimmer of joy. “I have not yet earned the distinction of joining this exclusive club, despite my swearing-in. You are among the only ones I’ve met,” Thad humbly responded.

“Hell, if you don’t know anybody in this sh*t hole then let’s hit the bar!” he would exclaim, a mischievous grin appearing on his wide-eyed face. The two went to the Drunken Dutchman, Westman’s bar of choice, only to encounter a tall, reserved man with graying hair. He was introduced to Thad as Mark Hatfield, the Senior Senator from Oregon. Hatfield and Westman had developed a close friendship over the past two years, working in concert to obstruct the President’s agenda.

Thad and Westman drank until each reached great comfort, and the three partook in casual conversation. After the eleventh drink, Westman gleefully pronounced Hatfield “the next President of the United States,” much to the surprise of several insiders enjoying a drink at the bar, and the visibly embarrassed Hatfield, a teetotaler. An equally intoxicated Thad noticed a dirty look from the bartender, and at his recommendation they departed for Westman’s house in D.C.

Hatfield politely took his leave on the way back, but Thad and Westman continued to drink into the night. In the midst of laughter, Thad broke the casual tone, asking, “Scott, something has been troubling me. Why have you joined hands with those scoundrels in the Democratic Party? The Majority Leader vote, and past two years of governance go to show they are far from your values.”

Westman let out a remorseful sigh, looking into the distance. “You know Thad, I think you’re right. But my grandfather, William Westman, was a Democrat. A damn good Democrat. Scoop’s d*ck-faced warmongering doesn’t resonate with me, but neither do the milquetoast, grey poupon eaters that run deep in the Republican Party. I don’t know how much more of this administration I can take, though, to be frank.”
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« Reply #220 on: April 11, 2012, 02:25:50 pm »

MAINE SENATE GENERAL ELECTION RESULT



Thad O'Connor of Eastport (R) - 46.21%
George J. Mitchell of Portland (D) - 42.68%
Hayes E. Gahagan of Mapleton (I) - 9.53%
Others - 1.58%
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« Reply #221 on: April 14, 2012, 11:38:28 am »

Ruse: 1983

Thad spent the next week acquainting himself with both Senate procedure and some of his fellow colleagues. He had not seen Lawrence Coventry or Fergie Garner since their sojourn in Los Angeles, and he was quite glad to serve with them. However, his closest bond would be forged with Senator Westman. The two were inseparable, and Thad frequently slept on Westman’s couch in a drunken stupor, rather than his office, for Thad neglected to purchase a house in D.C.

A week after the new session, Representative Hok’ee invited Thad to his “Statesman Banquet”, a non-partisan event geared toward fostering working relationships between legislators. The event would take place at Areus’ lavish estate, a house once owned by the late Nelson Rockefeller, spanning over twenty-five acres of land.

Thad entered, and was greeted with a warm smile by the host. Thad proffered his hand, but was given a formal hug. “Good to see you my friend!” Areus would say. “I must ask, who is your friend? Thad introduced the two, and Areus bade Westman to sit at the far side of the table. The rectangular table spanned over fifteen feet in length, and five feet in width, with a red tablecloth draped on one end and a blue on the other. Thad was told to sit at the very end, near the head of the table.

Areus sat to Thad’s right, and across was a mysterious looking man with slick black hair, a pencil mustache, and a ruffled shirt. He was Santiago St. Avila, freshman Senator from Washington, and the two briefly spoke. Various dishes of pork, lamb, and chicken were served, and the wine flowed like water streams. In the midst of merry chat, Areus rose from his seat and tapped his wine glass with a spoon, as if to command attention.

“Everybody, replenish your glasses. As many of you know, this is the tenth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and I would like to offer a toast, commemorating the endowment of choice.” Every man on the blue side, all being Republicans, offered their glasses with enthusiasm. Surprisingly, the toast was met with murmurs on the other side, but a few such as Scott Westman and George McGovern partook. Shortly after, a man on the red side rose in contention.

“I, on the other hand, would like to offer a toast in memory of the millions of lives rubbed out.” The speaker was a tall, sturdy man with steely grey eyes and auburn hair. His thick jowls and square forehead made him vaguely resemble a tiger. He was Patton Wyde, Senator from Mississippi and a previous keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. “I must say this was rude for you to politicize such a friendly occasion.” He continued.

“Far from my intent, my good friend,” Areus smiled with a hint of guile. “History is immutable. Like it or not, Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land and likely to remain that way for the future. I do not see how this was in poor taste.” “I think you are wrong. This is merely an example of jury nullification: the judges re-writing the laws despite the Constitution,” Wyde shot back. “All dictum,” Areus brushed him off. “The people would not stand for anything else.”

“You are wrong. Precedent is widely in our favor: three years ago, the nation voted overwhelmingly for a pro-life candidate over a pro-choice one. Similarly, in 1972, the agenda of “Amnesty, Abortion, and Acid” was repudiated, and rightfully so.” At this point, George McGovern scowled and excused himself from the table. Areus responded, untouched by his opponent’s points. “You are conflating elections with referenda. Unless you wish to put this up to the test?”

“Fine, goddamnit. I’ll draft a constitutional amendment! You and your co-conspirators in the court will be shamed!” Patton Wyde exclaimed, before storming off with a handful of his colleagues.
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« Reply #222 on: April 14, 2012, 04:48:03 pm »
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This Areus fellow seems incredibly disgusting.
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« Reply #223 on: April 22, 2012, 10:57:37 am »

From here on out: 1983

After the rancorous stir, many of Areus’ guests departed, claiming to be tired or running late. Thad would sit in his seat, quietly imbibing himself until all but Areus’ close circle had left, before asking, “This has been a splendorous occasion, but why did you have to spoil it with such a poor topic?” Areus chuckled, as if he’d anticipated the question. “I wasn’t trying to offend the sensibilities of our guests. You’ll understand in time.”

A solemn melody emanated from the corner, as if to eulogize the peace that had been broken. Thad turned to see Santiago St. Avila strum a few more notes on his lute, before setting it down to converse with the group. “Now that we have separated the wheat from the chaff, shall we discuss a more important topic?” He would ask Areus. “It is only a matter of time before the Presidential cycle begins.”

“I suppose you are right,” Areus responded. “What of it? Nobody has declared.” At this point Thad chimed, “What about Hatfield? I say he’s our man.” “Yes, intuition tells me that Hatfield will be declaring any day now, despite his reticence,” responded Areus. “I expect the conservative wing to be fully energized. Unbeknownst to them, the goblet has already been poisoned. I think Armstrong or Laxalt will run.”

“I think you or Lawrence should run,” said Santiago. “Either of you would be spectacular.” Areus laughed, flicking his hand as if to dismiss him. “Lawrence is working his way into the Senate leadership, and I am ill-equipped for a bid. Instead, we must unite around the most viable and similar candidate, to increase our clout and build political capital.”

As the words rolled off Areus’ tongue, Scott Westman reentered the room. “Jesus Christ, that was a sh*t show.” Areus turned towards Thad with a quizzical look, asking, “What is the Democrat doing in a private meeting like this?” Scott Westman stepped between the two, standoffishly responding, “Hey man, I may be a Democrat, but right now I’m one of the best friends you could ask for, if you want to take down this President.”

Scott Westman had gained notoriety for his opposition to the President, which had nearly jeopardized his chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Very well, I suppose. Care for some wine?” Areus responded, proffering the bottle. “No, I have my own drink,” he responded, raising a fifth of Jim Beam, which had been notably depleted. “I like your style!” boomed Areus, with a rich laugh.

The four played poker for an hour, with Thad being the first to lose each round. Each laughed, and as they grew tired of poker, Santiago went to turn on the television, only to find a weary news anchor. “We have just received news that the President… has been rushed to the Washington Hospital. His condition is critical at this time.”
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« Reply #224 on: April 28, 2012, 12:54:29 pm »

TIME – The Curse of Tippecanoe?
January 27th, 1983

Since William Henry Harrison, every President elected in a year ending with zero has died in the midst of their term. The President was hospitalized five days ago for heart problems, and Vice President Bentsen has invoked the 25th amendment. All information concerning the President’s health hitherto this publication is considered classified.

Senator Paul Laxalt was due to formally declare his campaign, but postponed the event “until further light has been shed upon the President’s condition.” The Senator will have been the first Republican to do so.



War Rages on in Iran

It has been nearly a year since the unofficial war was launched on Iran, and not much has changed since then. The United States has found an unlikely ally in Saddam Hussein and has established a foothold in the Western parts of the country, but guerilla warfare and overt Soviet aid from their outposts in Afghanistan have made this an uphill climb.

Polls show that currently 59% approve of the President’s handling of Iran, with 35% disapproving and 6% unsure.



A Dim Economic Road Ahead

Despite a massive seat change and years of economic woe, there are still only murmurs of economic recovery. Unemployment still lags at 8.4%, (admittedly down from 10.6% when Jackson took office) and endlessly high gas prices continue to sting average Americans. Between a ballooning deficit and spiking commodity prices, any recovery may have been stopped short.
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