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« on: January 28, 2018, 12:53:26 pm »

From the Creator of Camelot Anew
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In These Times: The Election of 2032

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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2018, 12:54:12 pm »

Remember Ben and Blake? They’re back...
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2018, 01:07:55 pm »

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2018, 01:39:44 pm »

September 18, 2029
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We stood in the doorway of the Charlestown brownstone, waiting for its elderly occupant. We'd been meaning to see its resident, now 83 but still sprightly, but our schedules had simply not allowed it. Our youngest two were bounding with excitement, our oldest annoyed at missing school to travel down to Boston.

"At least she likes school," Blake had told me on the train ride down, "more than you could say at that age..."

The door finally swung open, and the kids practically tackled the former Secretary of the Treasury.

"Grammie Liz!!" They yelled in unison.

"Kids!" The Secretary yelled back as she hugged them, "God, you've gotten so big!"

"Madam Secretary," Blake said. The Secretary gave her a look of a mock annoyance.

"Do you still have to call me that?" She said, hugging Blake.

"Old habits die hard," I smiled, as the Secretary hugged me.

Over the ensuing hours Blake and I caught up with our former boss. Our phones each vibrated with the latest scandal from Washington a short while into our dinner, however.

Sighing heavily, Liz looked around the table. "Pour me another glass of wine," she said to Blake. "I need it with this assh--" she caught herself mid-curse, causing the kids to giggle.

"What do you think, Senator?" She asked turning to me. "When are you gonna impeach him?" I couldn't help but laugh.

"Madam Secretary, I wish I could. God knows the damage he's doing to the Courts. We're trying to hold up his nominations, but the blue dogs know their constituents will kill them if they don't let Cotton govern." I told her. The Secretary shook her head.

"He was an assh-- a butthole when I was in the Senate," she sighed, as the kids giggled again.

"Who's gonna take him on, Governor?" She said to Blake.

"In 2032? I don't know...Tulsi's thinking about it, I think. Jess Phoenix out in California. Stephanie Murphy down in Florida...Tim Ryan could give it another go..." Blake sounded uncertain. We all knew the President was unpopular and vulnerable, but Blake and I saw firsthand what a messy primary could do to Democrats. So did the Secretary. She shook her head.

"No, I think the one who should take on Cotton is sitting right here at this table," she said.

"Rose is a little too young..." I joked.

"I could be president!" Pouted Rose.

"I'm sure you could, darling!" Said the Secretary. She cast her gaze around the table, settling on Blake. "But I think your mom would be great."

Blake looked shellshocked. She was preparing for her own reelection campaign in 2030, as was I. We had both thought about campaigns for the Presidency, but we were both young. Much younger than the other candidates we had mentioned. But coming from our hero...this was a little too much.

"You think?" Was all Blake could manage, her eyes the size of saucers. The Secretary nodded sagely.

"I like everyone you listed...maybe not Tulsi...but I don't think they're quite strong enough to run against Cotton. They call Jess a communist for god's sake. Murphy's too moderate. Tim Ryan...ugh. But you...you're perfect, Governor. Perfect to be the first female president of the United States."

We were all silent for a moment.

"It should've been you," Blake said.

"It should've been Tammy. It should've been Hillary. It should've been Ann. Hell, it should've been Shirley! Or Margaret Chase Smith! But we can't live in the past, dear. I lost my primary. Hillary and Tammy lost their general elections. They've all paved the path, and it's ready for you. If you want it."

I knew Blake wanted it. She'd wanted it bad. It's why she'd gotten involved in politics in the first place.

And hearing our personal hero, Former Secretary of the Treasury Elizabeth Warren, tell her that she'd be perfect...

I knew, right then, that she would do it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2018, 02:06:49 pm »

You have my attention...
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2018, 03:12:23 pm »

YES. Will we get a rundown of the elections from 2020-2028 eventually? I'm assuming a Democrat won in 2020 and 2024 (a guy- so maybe Biden?), and then Tammy Baldwin or Duckworth (I have a feeling it's Baldwin though) lost to Cotton in 2028.
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2018, 03:56:00 pm »

Blake Walsh
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Governor of Maine: 2027-
Predecessor: Betsy Sweet
Successor: Incumbent
Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Treasury: 2021-2025
Secretary: Elizabeth Warren
Predecessor: Miles Jacobson
Successor: Erica de los Santos

Blake Marie Walsh-Johnston (b. May 3, 1993) is an American politician. The 76th Governor of Maine, Walsh is the second woman to hold the office. She is a Democrat. A native of Aroostook County, Maine, she previously served as Senior Liaison for Legislative Affairs to her predecessor, Betsy Sweet, before leaving to join Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Presidential campaign, which ended in defeat in the Democratic primaries. She subsequently joined Warren’s staff when she was nominated to be Secretary of the Treasury following the 2020 election. She ran for Governor of Maine in 2026 after five years at the Treasury Department.

Walsh is married to the junior United States Senator from Maine, Benjamin Johnston, and together they have three children.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2018, 05:46:14 pm »

This is awesome. I had assumed Blake was a guy this whole time......so Warren's speech was a little odd to me. But anyway, this mini-TL is looking awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2018, 05:59:44 pm »

I had assumed Blake was a guy this whole time...
Me too, and although I'm almost certain she's not, I low-key want Blake to be trans because of the fact.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2018, 06:01:09 pm »

Ben Johnston
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United States Senator from Maine
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January 3, 2025
Serving with Chellie Pingree
Preceded by: Angus King

Member of the United States House of Representatives for Maine’s 1st District
In office
January 3, 2023–January 3, 2025
Preceded by: Ethan Strimling
Succeeded by: Hannah Pingree

Benjamin Anthony Walsh-Johnston (b. December 1, 1994) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Maine since 2025. A member of the Democratic Party, he is a longtime campaign worker, previously working on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Betsy Sweet’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign, and on Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Presidential campaign. He himself ran for and was elected to the House of Representatives from Maine’s 1st congressional district in 2022. He subsequently ran for United States Senate in 2024. His wife, Blake Walsh, is the current Governor of Maine.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2018, 07:14:11 pm »

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This suuuuucks the President of the United States thought. Didn't we have a fucking war so we wouldn’t have to go through this coronation bullshit anymore?

His first 11 months in office hasn’t gone so smoothly. He knew it’d be difficult, when the Dems held both Houses, but he hadn’t expected the economy to sour quite so quickly. It’s all his fault anyway, Tom thought, thinking disdainfully of his predecessor seated a few feet away from him. Goddamn Socialist tried to ruin us. He looked around. People greeted the former President (and President Obama, who was also here) with laughs and hugs, while giving Tom only polite nods and handshakes.

Fuck this whole damn island. Can’t wait for the party. Hopefully there’s cake. The President leaned over to the former President and President Obama.

“Will there be cake after this?” He whispered. The Democrats exchanged glances. The 46th spoke, giving Tom a look that could cut diamonds.

“I imagine there will be cake at the afterparty, Mr. President.”

I should’ve sent Nikki to do this. The Veep was always the more diplomatic of the two.

The President had also wanted to speak to the Prime Minister, but was blown off. Does Thornberry even believe in all this coronation bullshit? He was pretty sure everyone in the Labour Party favored dissolution of the monarchy.

And really, he was wasting his time here. He could’ve been back home bribing the Democrats to push through some tax cuts, or deregulation to stimulate the economy. Hard to believe the Blue Dogs were all but dead in 2017.

“His Majesty, King William V!”

Tom stood and applauded, the best he could.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2018, 09:20:46 pm »

I had assumed Blake was a guy this whole time...
Me too, and although I'm almost certain she's not, I low-key want Blake to be trans because of the fact.
Hmm, I thought I’d made it fairly obvious in Feel the Franken that Blake was a cisgender female.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2018, 09:39:36 pm »

I had assumed Blake was a guy this whole time...
Me too, and although I'm almost certain she's not, I low-key want Blake to be trans because of the fact.
Hmm, I thought I’d made it fairly obvious in Feel the Franken that Blake was a cisgender female.
Well, I didn't see that, so maybe I should make my own timeline, with blackjack and hookers.
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2018, 09:49:39 pm »

I had assumed Blake was a guy this whole time...
Me too, and although I'm almost certain she's not, I low-key want Blake to be trans because of the fact.
Hmm, I thought I’d made it fairly obvious in Feel the Franken that Blake was a cisgender female.
Well, I didn't see that, so maybe I should make my own timeline, with blackjack and hookers.
Sounds fun!
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« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2018, 10:36:11 pm »

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Vice President: Nikki Haley
Preceded by: Joseph P. Kennedy III
United States Senator from Arkansas
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January 3, 2015–January 2, 2029
Preceded by: Mark Pryor
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Member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas's 4th District
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Preceded by: Mike Ross
Succeeded by: Bruce Westerman

Thomas Bryant Cotton (b. May 13, 1977) is an American politician currently serving as the 47th President of the United States. A member of the Republican Party, Cotton served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 2015 to 2029. Prior to that, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015. He is the second President, after Democrat Bill Clinton, to be a native of Arkansas.

In the 2028 presidential election, Cotton lost the popular vote but narrowly won the electoral college to defeat Democrat incumbent Vice President Tammy Baldwin.
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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2018, 11:08:47 pm »

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Vice President: Tammy Baldwin
Preceded by: Donald J. Trump
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Member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts's 4th District
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Preceded by: Barney Frank
Succeeded by: Matt Kennedy

Joseph Patrick Kennedy III (b. October 4, 1980) is an American politician who served as the 46th President of the United States from January 20, 2021 to January 20, 2029. A Democrat and member of the Kennedy family, he grew to national prominence in 2018 for giving the official response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. At that point, he was only a third term member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts. Initially an underdog in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Kennedy was able to cobble together support from many wings of the party, helped by the progressive wing being fractured by the candidacies of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Keith Ellison.

In the ensuing general election, Kennedy soundly defeated incumbent Trump, the first defeat of an incumbent President since Democrat Bill Clinton defeated incumbent Republican George HW Bush in 1992. Kennedy's victory resulted in the largest popular vote margin since George HW Bush was elected himself in 1988. It was the largest defeat of an incumbent President since Jimmy Carter's defeat to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Kennedy became the first President from Massachusetts since his great uncle John F. Kennedy, who served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963, and surpassed his great uncle's record for youngest President elected and Theodore Roosevelt's for youngest President ever.

Highly popular throughout his presidency, his reelection in 2024 over former Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the largest presidential victory since Reagan's 1984 victory over Walter Mondale.

As President, Kennedy sought to implement a single payer healthcare plan (Joecare), improve the United States's reputation abroad and expand the social safety net with a series of policy initatives he called Camelot Anew, a reference to his great uncle John F. Kennedy's presidency

Kennedy is the second President elected directly from the House of Representatives, and the the first since James A. Garfield, who was elected in 1880. In addition to his great uncle John F. Kennedy, many of Kennedy's family members have played prominent roles in politics: Kennedy's brother, Matt Kennedy, succeeded Joe as Massachusetts's 4th district representative. Their father, Joe Kennedy II, was a Congressman from Massachusetts from 1987 to 1999. His aunt, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, was Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003 and was a candidate for Governor of Maryland in 2002. His second cousin, Patrick J. Kennedy, was a Congressman from Rhode Island from 1995 to 2011. His grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy, was a Senator from New York from 1965 to 1968, Attorney General of the United States from 1961 to 1964 and candidate for President in 1968 until his assassination. His great uncle Edward M. Kennedy was a Senator from Massachusetts from 1962 until his death in 2009, and was a candidate for President in 1980.
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2018, 11:22:14 pm »

A Democrat and member of the Kennedy family, he grew to national prominence in 2018 for giving the official response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address.

I feel like this is sarcasm of some sort and I love it.

This timeline is wonderful, I love it so far
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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2018, 11:28:54 pm »

A Democrat and member of the Kennedy family, he grew to national prominence in 2018 for giving the official response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address.

I feel like this is sarcasm of some sort and I love it.

This timeline is wonderful, I love it so far
Yes, the hand-wringing over Kennedy's selection to give the official response to the State of the Union is silly.
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2018, 02:59:20 pm »

I. Love. This.
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2018, 04:11:24 pm »

I. Love. This.
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« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2018, 05:37:09 pm »

Remember Ben and Blake? They’re back...
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2018, 04:39:12 pm »

November 3, 2026
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I inhaled deeply. Why do polling places always smell like mold? Elizabeth stood at my side. "Daddy, I'm late for school!"

"I know darling," I said, as I bubbled in the non-Governor races. Hannah for the first district, Marpheen for the State House, Jill for State Senate...Yes on 1, 3 and 6, no on 2, 4 and 5. I looked down to my eldest. "Time to go to school."

I pulled back the curtain and the bright lights of photographers momentarily blinded me. I looked to my right and saw Blake standing there with the twins, a perfect smile on her face.

The race was won. Polls showed us getting 45%, while Hovis could barely break 20. The Libertarian candidate had completely screwed them over, and an indy run by moderate GOP State Senator Joe Li had further screwed Hovis. So while there'd be a runoff, it was a foregone conclusion that we would win, from crossovers from the Green and other independent (and more than a few from Li backers).

Blake and I smiled and made a show of putting our ballots into the box. I handed mine to Elizabeth, who stood on her toes to reach.

"Mommy, I'm late for school..." Elizabeth whined in the back of the limo.

"We're almost there, sweetheart..." Blake intoned, as she read emails from her campaign network. "Turnout looks good - too good." She said to me.

"It's reading tea leaves, darling. We won't know anything until the afternoon," I said. She was looking for a reason to worry. I thought we could sneak away for a movie or something in the afternoon to distract her. Her phone vibrated.

"Madam Secretary," Blake said into the phone. "Thank you. Yes, we're very confident. We think we'll get enough second choices from the Green and independents to put us over the top. Hovis has made a lot of enemies. He's right here, hold on..." she handed the phone to me.

"Secretary Warren," I said.

"Ben, don't let her get too worked up. I can hear it in her voice. She's going to be pulling her hair out all day." Elizabeth Warren said, sounding more like my mother-in-law than my former boss.

"Well, that was always likely," I said, choosing my words carefully, knowing Blake was listening to every one.

"Yeah...I remember during the campaign, she would stress over turnout reports..." the Treasury Secretary said, almost reminiscing.

"We're already doing that," I said, again trying to make my words as neutral as possible.

"I figured. I just wanted to see how it was going. I won't tie you up any longer. I'll speak to you guys tonight." She said. I said my goodbyes and ended the call.

"It's going to be a good day." My daughter stated mater-of-factly as we pulled up to her school. I looked at Blake.

"Yes, it is."
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2018, 04:50:53 pm »

Camelot Anew.

You absolute genius.
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« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2018, 04:08:23 am »

Camelot Anew.

You absolute genius.
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