Author’s Note: This is a timeline that I have been fleshing out for quite some time. I wanted to do a 2000 timeline, but I stopped liking my first timeline and I didn’t like how I started it out. I will return to it in time, probably rehashing it, but this one I really like. I’ll still work on my timeline “American Gold,” but I wanted to do a more modern timeline simultaneously. This will follow the format of bawlexus’s and HagridtheGreat’s timelines, with most posts essentially following a newspaper story.
The title is still in progress.
And there will be maps. Lots of maps.
Thursday June 10, 1999 – NATO Bombing Campaign Ends in KosovoKosovo Nationals Welcoming the UN Resolution
This morning, it was announced that the bombing of bombing campaign against Serbian forces to protect the province of Kosovo will be halted. Under UN Security Council Resolution 1244, an international peacekeeping force will be established with the goal of rebuilding the province. Over 50,000 troops will be committed, with 7,000 Americans committed. Senator John McCain
(R-AZ), who launched his campaign last month, lauded the resolution and was an ardent supporter of the bombing campaign. He called the NATO campaign “the roadmap for the future of the American forces. Not as a force for making war, but a force for making peace.” It is expected that the success of the campaign will give McCain a boost in the polls for the Republican nomination, where he currently finds himself in competition with former Governor of South Carolina Carrol Campbell
, and former Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole
Later, on CNN’s Capital Gang: “Today was definitely a good day for both Senator McCain and President Clinton, which begs the question: will the President run for reelection? He has been notoriously tightlipped about his electoral intentions. “ remarked panelist Al Hunt.
Panelist Robert Novak replied: “Of course, this reminds us all of the proposed two-term limit amendment that was floated around fifty years ago, but it ultimately came short of ¾ ratification. While some Presidents, like Truman and Reagan floated the possibility of running for a third term around, they both ultimately decided to follow the tradition of sticking to a maximum two terms. If Clinton decided to run, he’d be the first since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to seek a third term.”
Panelist Pat Buchanan chimed in: “Look Rob, I’m appalled by the feet dragging over the issue, from both parties. If President Clinton wants to seek another term, by all means he should, but the longer he waits, more candidates will join the fray. Reverend Jackson
is already in, and Governor Dean is forming an exploratory committee. And the Republicans: Governor George W. Bush still won’t give us a solid answer either, and there’s even rumors of General Colin Powell mulling a run. They might as well announce and get the ball rolling. Both of them would be formidable foes to President Clinton: Bush would be able to run as a social values candidate a lot better than Campbell can, and Powell would nullify Clinton’s foreign policy strengths a lot more effectively than McCain can.”
Mark Shields disagreed: “Look Pat, I’m an antsy as you to see more candidates enter the fray and for Clinton to come to a decision, but we have to be patient. Clinton can take as much time as he wants; he won’t be hindered by entering late. His credentials are solid: unemployment currently sits at 4.5%
, an almost 30 year low! That’s an economic record that would make Reagan jealous! The filing deadlines for the primaries aren’t even due until December. I say we let him take his time. He’ll easily breeze to victory in the primaries against any challengers that come up. Al, what do you think?”
Al Hunt: “I don’t think Clinton will break tradition. I expect him to announce he won’t run and hand the baton off to Gore. What do you think Bob?”
Bob Novak: “I think he might be the one to break tradition this year Al. However, I think Bush could give him a run for his money. Americans want an honest man in the White House and they’ll get their robust economy with either party. Mona?
Mona Charen: “Call me crazy, but I think Powell will make his political debut. It’s a new millennium and he would symbolize that transition quite well.”
Rev Jesse Jackson (D-IL) and Governor Carrol Campbell (R-SC) Monday, June 14, 1999 - Dean Announces Run for President Earlier this morning, in Montpelier, Vermont "Over the past 8 years, the Democratic Party has brought this nation great prosperity and the largest expansion of the economy during peacetime. In the next millennium, we will continue that trend! We will use our budget surplus to bring affordable and universal healthcare to all Americans. We will use it to expand education, so that all Americans, from the poorest to the richest will have the opportunity."
On the steps of the Vermont State House, Governor Howard Dean of Vermont announced his bid for the Presidency. The excerpt above seems to set the tone for his campaign: he will be running to the left of either Clinton or Gore, should either of them decide to seek the presidency. Liberal members of the party have welcomed his entry. Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) called him "a supporter of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," and subsequently endorsed him. He has announced a fundraiser for Dean in St. Paul.
Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Gallup Polling (+/- 4.1% MoE. 802 Adults)
Do you approve of the job Bill Clinton is doing as President?
Approve - 58%
No Opinion/Unsure - 5%
Do you want Bill Clinton to run for a third term as President?
Yes - 39%
No - 46%
Unsure/No Opinion - 15%