Controlled Chaos, Part I: The election of 2008

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  1. Zacoftheaxes Atari Democrat

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    McCain Campaign Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia, June 17th, 2007

    John was sitting on a small couch. He hands were clasped together and he was rubbing his thumbs, looking at the floor. Across from him was Tim Pawlenty, John had taken to calling him Timmy. Tim was holding on to a clip board, flipping through papers and shaking his head.

    “This is worse than I thought John. I don't know how Steve thinks we can dig out of this.” Tim said, nervously.

    “I don't know either Timmy, but Steve never backs down. We could be running against Ronald Reagan and Steve would be certain we could beat him.” John tilted his head up and leaned back into the couch.

    There was a few minutes of tense silence as Tim kept flipping pages. The door swung open. Steve Schmidt walked in, a serious look spun on his face. He looked at Tim first, who put down the clipboard.

    “What's the plan Steve?” Tim asked.

    “Plan?” Steve said in his usual, tough guy tone. “We don't need a plan. What's going on now is going to have no bearing on the rest of this campaign.”

    John looked up towards Steve. “We're losing money quick Steve, we need to figure out how we're going to finance this. We can't run a campaign without campaign funds.”

    There was another tense silence.

    “If donations don't rebound by the end of next quarter, we're going to have to consider dropping out, the campaign debt will be too great if we keep going.” Tim said, point to a graph projecting the campaign debt.

    Steve took a deep breath. “John, come with me. We need to make some phone calls. Tim, go talk to Tom. You've got a lot to talk about.”

    The three men slowly walked out the door.

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    Nashville, Tennessee, August 4th, 2007

    Al Gore spoke to a large audience in his home state.

    “Hello Nashville. It's been too long since I've been back here. I have a very special announcement to make that Mayor “Purcell insisted I make here. I will be running for President in 2008.” The crowd burst into a loud cheer. I'm not going to let anyone stand in my way and this time, I'm going to win...again.”
    The crowd was half cheering and half laughing. “Now is the time for us to take the White House back and restore the nation to the way it should be. Let's do this Nashville, and let's do this America!”

    The crowd erupted into cheers as Mayor Purcell and Mayor-Elect Dean walked onto the stage to join Gore. The three men posed and waved at the crowd for quite some time before wishing them well and leaving the stage.

    ~~~

    August 7th National Polling:

    Democrats:
    Al Gore 37%
    Hilary Clinton 23%
    Barack Obama 21%
    John Edwards 7%
    Bill Richardson 5%
    Other 7%

    Republicans:
    Giuliani 39%
    McCain 15%
    Huckabee 13%
    Romney 11%
    Thompson 11%
    Paul 8%
    Other 3%

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    Ames Straw Poll, August 11th, 2007

    Mitt Romney- 3012
    Mike Huckabee- 2338
    Sam Brownback- 2112
    Tom Tancredo-2017
    Ron Paul- 1888
    Thommy Thompson- 1023
    Rudy Giuliani- 437
    Duncan Hunter- 301
    Fred Thompson-235
    John McCain- 99
    John H Cox- 70

    ~~~

    McCain Campaign Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia, August 22nd, 2007

    The room was tense. It was just John and Steve.

    “I don't think now is our time.” John said nervously.

    “Then when will it be? You probably won't have this opportunity again. It's now or never for the White House.” Steve said, resting a clipboard on the table.

    “Actually Steve, I've been thinking about it. Sure I keep falling in the polls, but no matter who the candidate is, sans Giuliani, they all are losing to the top three democrats.” John swallowed. “We might have another shot, in four years in they decide they don't want the guy they elect.”

    “That's implying an awful lot John, but I can't help but see your point.” Steve paused for a second and picked up the clipboard again, staring at it but clearly not reading it. “So what are we going to do John. It's your campaign.”

    “We're going to drop out of the race.” John looked up at Steve and looked back. “That doesn't mean this year isn't going to be interesting for us. I have another plan.”


    “I can't wait to hear this one.” Steve smiled and opened the door.

    Side by side, the two men walked out the door smiling, Steve patting a shaky John on the back.

    ~~~

    Tuscon, Arizona, August 21st, 2007

    John McCain walked down toward a podium, he appeared five minutes later than anticipated.

    “After a long period of decision making and personal reflection, I have decided I am no longer running for President. My talents are better served else where. I know my supporters will be upset by my decision, but what I am doing is very important. There are many congressional and senate seats held by Republicans that if the liberal winds are strong enough, could go to the Democrats. I am making it my job not to limit the fallout but to come as close to eliminating it as possible. I am announcing the formation of Conservative Unity '08. We will hold on to our candidates against any winds of change.”

    ~~~

    CNN.com, August 28th, 2007

    Obama bows out, Endorses Gore
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    Senator Barack Obama says he will stay in Illinois and support Gore from Senate if he is elected.

    BREAKING: Sanford endorses Giuliani
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    South Carolina governor Mark Sanford endorses Rudy Giuliani in a surprising move, this is expected to boost polling for Giuliani, who is now also courting McCain supporters after his drop from the race. McCain has yet to officially endorse a candidate.

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    Chicago, Illinois, August 28th, 2007

    Barack Obama walked out to the podium

    “After taking about a month to consider things, I have decided it is in my best interest to drop out of the race for President and stay in senate for now. After a major drop in the polls I've decided I will endorse former Vice President Al Gore. He can serve this country better than I can. To my supporters, my time will come, I assure you that. Thank you for taking me this far, but it's time for me to do what's right.”

    ~~~

    August 30th National Polling

    Democrats:
    Gore- 48%
    Clinton- 38%
    Richardson-8%
    Edwards-4%
    Other- 2%

    Republicans:
    Giuliani- 39%
    Huckabee- 24%
    Romney- 17%
    Brownback- 9%
    Paul- 6%
    Thompson- 4%
    Other 1%

    Do you think Obama was right in dropping out?
    Yes-43%
    No-37%
    Unsure 15%
    No Opinion 5%

    ~~~

    CNN.com September 7th, 2007

    Obama staff mass exodus to Gore
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    Axelrod, Plouffe, and rest of inner circle move to Gore Campaign

    Pawlenty endorses Giuliani
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    Governor and Former McCain staffer backs America's Mayor

    Mary Cheney to run for US Senate?
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    Vice President's daughter rumored to be meeting with McCain, Rove
     
  2. vultan Defying Gravity

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    Hmm, looks like things are getting chaotic. Guilani vs. Gore?

    I eagerly await more.
     
  3. Penelope Well-Known Member

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    Looks good! The idea of a Gore-Nixon comparison has always intrigued me... Let's see more of it!
     
  4. theReturner Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, but I'd like to know what actually made Gore want to get into the race.
     
  5. CCA Member

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    Like what I've seen so far - keep it up!
     
  6. jerseyrules Well-Known Member

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    I like it!
     
  7. jerseyrules Well-Known Member

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    Hope this isn't dead:(
     
  8. Emperor Norton I Calbear's Love Child

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    Gore More Years!
     
  9. Zacoftheaxes Atari Democrat

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    I'm a slow working but the next installment if halfway there.
     
  10. jerseyrules Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to it :cool:
     
  11. jerseyrules Well-Known Member

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    ....Viva la Reloveution 2008! :rolleyes:
     
  12. NickCT Well-Known Member

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    this looks exciting!

    Let's hope Fred Thompson wins, baby!

    Also are your polls for Fred or Tommy Thompson?
     
  13. Zacoftheaxes Atari Democrat

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    Gore Campaign Headquarters, September 6th, 2007

    Al walked into his office, a familiar face was sitting down in front of his desk.

    “You were right. we're up even further in the polls.” Al sat down, at his desk and look the man in the eye. “Did you tell her today?”

    “Yeah, she flipped at me, she kinda knew I'd be working for you. It's all for the best though, as I said, you're going to beat her.” Mark smiled, putting his hands together.

    “Mark, I have to hand it to you. I thought I'd never get the White House.” Al said. “They won't be able to muster anyone strong enough to beat us, the only thing in our way little miss Clinton.”

    “And she's not a problem any more.” Mark grew a pointed grin.

    ~~~

    CNN.com September 6th, 2007

    Mark Penn leaves Clinton campaign, joins Gore
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    “No Comment” from Clinton campaign

    Tommy Thompson ends campaign, endorses Giuliani
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    Another major endorsement for Giuliani, campaign dubs period “Endorsement Storm”

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    September 7th Polling

    Democrats
    Gore- 41%
    Clinton- 36%
    Richardson- 9%
    Edwards- 7%
    Dodd-3%
    Biden- 2%
    Other- 1%

    Republican
    Giuliani- 31%
    Huckabee- 21%
    (Fred) Thompson-18%
    Romney- 17%
    Brownback- 7%
    Paul- 5%
    Other- 1%

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    Charleston, South Carolina, September 9th, 2007

    A six pack of Pabst sat down on a table. One hand extended to grab a single beer.

    “It's nice to have everyone together.” John said, opening his beer. “I've been meaning to have this meeting for a while, it's good to sit down with everyone.”

    Jim was the second to open his beer “This is crazy John. You're crazy.”

    “He's on to something.” Karl said. Cracking open his beer. “He's crazy, but he's on to something.”

    “We have the opportunity to do better than expected. We should take it.” Newt said, opening his beer.

    “This is some FOX News junkie's dream team you've built here John, this is like something out of a poorly written story.” Eric said, reluctantly opening up his beer.

    Tommy was the last to grab his beer “I'm sure we can make the change here. The GOP doesn't go down without a fight.”

    ~~~

    CNN.com, Septeber 11th, 2007

    Giuliani returns to New York to remember 9/11 victims
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    Meets with Bloomberg, Former Governor Pataki


    John McCain meeting with other big name conservatives?
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    Meeting dubbed by blogger “Republican A-Team”


    Candidates on both sides prepare for debates
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    Gore and Giuliani prepare to fend off attacks​
     
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  14. ColeMercury is male, FYI

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    Mark Penn goes to Gore?

    So I'm guessing Hillary wins, then. :D
     
  15. Zacoftheaxes Atari Democrat

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    It's gonna be one hell of an election, that's for sure.
     
  16. Paul V McNutt Paul V McNutt Banned

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    Giuliani seems to be doing better than OTL. I suppose he running a smarter campaign. This makes me as a partisan Democrat very happy. h He as a social liberal would drive away many core Republican voters plus there is his personal life and his arrogance.
     
  17. NickCT Well-Known Member

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    McCain's departure helps Romney and Thompson, IMO. Thompson is just as much conservative as Huckabee, but I suppose slightly less so and Romney is slightly more moderate than Thompson -- I would imagine these were the votes McCain was taking.
     
  18. Jasen777 Martyr Without a Cause

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    It will still be very tough for him to win the nomination.
     
  19. NickCT Well-Known Member

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    not really. it's basically 2012. you have giuliani and the non-giulianis
     
  20. vultan Defying Gravity

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    I dunno. Romney's no push-over...