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Zoey

Zoey had a great life. She was loved by her parents.  She was well provided for and cared for. She adored her parents and looked up to her as role models.

Zoey was very smart.  She was talented. She got goos grades in school. She received awards for being a young scholar. Her standardized test scores were very high. She was very athletic but she also liked art. She liked yo draw and paint.  

She was very funy. She liked to joke around. She never got onto trouble.  She stayed home except fot school activities. She enjoyed hanging out with her parents.  

They had always been close. Sense she was a little girl. For the longest time it was just her and her parents. Due to medical complications, her parents did not believe that they could have any more children. When zoey was 11, her mom got pregnant with her sister. When she was 14, she had another sister. 

What zoey did not know waa that she was adopted.  Those she beleved were her parents were not his birth parents. They did not want to keep this from her. They were reluctent to tell her. 

To them,zoey was just as much blood as there other kids. They loved her more then anything.  She loved them.

They were not sure when to tell her. They knew that they probably should have told her long before but they fid not.   

There were multiple reasons why they did not want to tell her. They did not agree with the reasons behind her birth parents decison to put her up for adoption. They did not want to tell her the truth. They were devisated each time they thought about it.  

They knew it would not get any easier.they knew that they had to just do it. She came home from school. They had her favorate cup cakes. She sat down. 

“Sit down hunnie.” her mom said. She sat down.  She had no idea what is going on. “Hunnie, you know that we love you very very much. ” her dad said.”of course i do. You guys are amazing.  ” she said. 

“We do love you more then we could ever say. ” her mom told her. She knew something was up. She had no idea what he was. She was afraid that it might be a health concern. Both her parents were fairly healthy.   There was always that fear. 

She could tell that her parents were fighting back the tears. She had no idea why. She was really spooked. Her parents were very happy people. They were almost never sad. 

She was really confused and now a little scared. “What is going on?” zoey asked. “Well. You see. You were adopted. We adopted you when you were a todler.” her dad said.

Zoey was totaly shocked.  She had no idea that this was what was going on. She never would have thought that this was the case. 

“Im adopted?” she asked.  “Yes. We adopted you. ” her mom said. “Oh my! I had no idea . ” zoey said. “I understand that this is quite a shock. We love you as if you were our own.to us you absolutly are. ” her dad assured her. 

“Do you know who my birth parents are? ” Zoey asked. ” yes we do. “Her dad said.  “They are still alive? ” she asked. “To the best of our knowledge,yes. “Her mom said.

“Do you know why they gave me up for adoption? ” she asked. Her mom took a big gulp. “We do.  ” her dad said.  “What was the reason? ” she asked.  ” well you see . They had a dog. It was your farthers prized dog. Aperently you were alergic to the dog. The doctor said that you and the dog could not co exist in the same time. ” her farther said. 

“They gave me up because i was alergic to the dog. They loved the dog more then me. They chose the dog over me?” she asked.

“I don’t want to speak ill of your parents.  You were well cared for during your early years. ” her mom said. 

Zoey was totaly shocked. She could not believe all of this. “Look we chose you. We love you. We are your parents.  That will never change. ” her dad said.

Zoey cried a lot that night. She recovered from the shock. She loved her adopted parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  

She wanted to meet her real parents.she just wanted to meet them. She did research. She found them. They still lived in the same house they lived in when she was a baby. 

The summer before she started colege,she drove to the house she spent the first year of her life there. She did not remeber any of it. 

She saw a younger girl . she was about ten. ” hello” she asked.” is your mom and dad home? ” zoey asked. She went inside and got her mom. Her mom came out. 

“Hello! Can i help you?” she asked. “Are you kendra Lester? ” she asked. “Yes i am kendra. Who are you?” she asked. “I am zoey. I wanted to meet you. ” she said. 

“Sarah why dont you go play in the play room with your brothers.keep the dog in the other room ” kendra said. She went to the other room. 

“Are you in colege?” kendra asked. “I huat graduated . i am going this fall. “Zoey said.  “What place did you graduate in?” she asked. ” fith. ” she said. “Good for you. ” kendra said.” are you still alergic to dogs?”she asked. “Yes i am. ” zoey said.

“When did you find out?” she asked.”recently. ” she said the door opened.  Greg entered. “Kend,is someone hear?” greig asked. ” yes . This is Zoey ” kendra said. 

“Who do you know my wife. Wait a minute that zoey?” greg asked.” yes. That Zoey. ” kendra said. “Were your step parents good to you?” he asked. “Yes they are. ” Zoey said. “I am glad to hear that. ” greg said .

She decided to go . she said her goidbyes. Greig walked her out. ” you probably  dont understand our decison to give you up. ” greg said. “It is a bit disconcerting. ” zoey said. ” duke was not just my dog. He was my budy. He has been with me a long time. I know you don’t understand. You seemed to have great step parents. ” Greg said. She did not want to argue with him. 

She could not wait to get back to her parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  That was all that mattered. 

The end. 

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The allergy 

Greg had always been a dog lover. He had a dog sense he was a little. He got duke sense he was a puppy. They were best friends. When he got home from work, duke ran to the door waiting for him. 

On saterdays he and duke walked to a nearby park and then back home. It was there rituel. Saterday mornings, duke ran to the door as a hint hint. Grieg was happy to oblige. He looked froward to it himself. That was saterdays.  Neither one would have it any other way. 

Duke was super friendly.  He liked to go over to people and he let them pet him.he almost never barked. If he barked, he was a quick bark. It was a friendly and playfull bark not an angery one.  

It was Saturday morning when one such person petted duke. It was a young lady naimed kendra. While duke liked everyone for the most part, he seemed to take a special liking for kendra. Kebdra was quite smitten with him. 

“He is a friendly dog.” she said.  ” he is great. He has always been. Sense he was little. ” greg said.  “You certainty are. ” she told the dog as she petted him.  

While he liked meeting people.  He never forgot her. Her image stuck with him. It was a good size  city. He figured that he might never run into her again. He assumed that he would forget about her. She might become a foot note into his history. That was ok. It was how things happen. 

The next city, he saw her.he saw her for several mouths. They said hello. They became closer and closer. They started to talk quite a bit. At first they only talked smal talk. Over time they went deeper. 

After several mounths of runing into her, he asked her out to lunch.they went to an outdoor cafae that welcomed dogs.  There was no way that they were going to exclude duke sense he was the one that brought them together.  

The first date was amazing. Beside love of dogs, they had a lot in common. They decided to go on a second date. The second led to a third and a fouth and fifth  and so on and so forth.  

After a time they decided to become an actual couple. Then after a time of dating he perposed. He put the ring in duke’s coller. She did not see it at first. He waited for her to see it. 

She smiled.  “Whats this?” she asked.he chuckled.  “Thats kind of odd!” he said. She stoped. He got on one knee and proposed..she hugged him and said yes. They kissed. She hugged duke as well. 

At the weding, duke was the best man at the weding.  While some in the church were a bit skidish about having a dog in the church, duke was quite the charmer. He won everyone over. He was a big hit.

The wedding was a huge success.  It was everything they hoped it would be and more. 

Duke was almost like a child. Even a friend or roomate. Duke seemed to be a full fledged member of the family. Some in there iner circle of family and friends were happy for them. They thought it was amazing.  There were manny who were huge fans of it. 

While others thought it went too far. Many feared that the dog was going to be there kid.  Both sets of parents were concerned that the dog replacing a real child. They wanted human grand children. They began to suspect that they were not going to have children. 

Then kendra was late for her period. A pregnancy test revealed that she was indeed pregnant.  After super,she gave him the news.

“Hunnie i have to tell you something! ” she told him. “Ok. Whats up? ” he asked.  “We are having a child.  ” she said. “Really? Thats wonderful ” he said.

He hugged her. He hugged duke.he was really excited. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl. They naimed her zoey grace. 

Zoey was a sweet little girl. She brought a lot of joy to the family.  She and duke got along famously.  They taught her to be gentle. 

Things went great. Zoey seemed to sneze out a lot. She got sick a lot. The doctor did test and discovered that she had an alergic reaction to dogs. 

The doctor told them that zoey could not be around the dog all the time. There was no way that the child could be around the dog . a decision had to be made. 

“What are we going to do ? You heard the doctors. We cant keep both the dog and zo. ” kendra said.he sighed. ” i know.  This is so hard kend. “He told her.  

They gave it a lot of thought.  They considered what to do. They decided to give up zoey for adoption. Gregs brother watched duke while they looked for a suitable family to adopt her.  

As it turned out there was a husband and wife that were able to get pregnant. They were carefully screened by an adoption agentcy. They interviewed the family and decided to let them adopt. 

Kendra kissed zoey. Greg did as well.they were turned over to the Fredicson. They went to get duke. 

Duke got together with abother dog.he had pupies. Zoey thrived with her adopted parents. They loved her and she loved them. 

They would one day tell her the truth.they decided to wait a while. 

The end.

Notes 

My idea for this came from a post on facebook. Soneone sugested that why does the family get rid of a dog when the kid is alergic. Thus the story is born. 

To me literarure is a way to explore isues. That was the idea behind star trek, twilight zone,  ray Bradbury theater and outer limits etc. 

The return of jimmy carter

George w bush narowly defeated vice president al gore. His first year was tumultuous.  Following attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and a thawted third attack, the us waged a war on terror. He invaded Afghanistan.  Using the war on terror as a pretext he invaded iraq and overthrew sadem housane.  The war in iraq although scesfull at first went sour and so did the popurity of the president. 

With the unpopularity of the war, the democraric party hopped to capitalize on it. The problem was manny of the up and comers voted for the use of force against iraq. Many wanted someone who had stood against the war in iraq from the beginning. 

In his book,”dude wheres my country”,micheal more sugested running oprah winfrey against w. Winfrey had no interest in runing.  While more kept trying to get Oprah to run. He qietly looked for an alternative.  A friend of his sugested a name that blew his mind.  More lived the idea.  He seemed to be someone who fit the bill. 

More started a movement to draft a man who once had served as president. Jimmy carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Carter lost to ronald reagen. Carter had focused his post presidency on humiterian and diplomatic work.he had been called a great x president.  

Carter was reluctant to run. Draft carter movement grew in populerity. Former national secuity advisor zivignew brasinski joined the bandwagon. Even henry kissenger joined the fray. Al gore said he should run.

Carter feared it might hurt his legacy. A legacy he worked so hard to build up folowering the defeat in 1980. If he lost he would lose his effectiveness as a global satesman and demicratic party elder. The dnc started urging him to run. 

On april 17, 2003, jimmy carter declared that he was indeed runing for president.  Former vermont governor Howard deen droped out. He endorsed carter. Bill clinton endorsed carter. Clinton pledged the clinton machine to his disposal. 

Dnc chair terry mcalife tried to clear the field . senator john kery wanted to run. He was angery at carter. The demicratic party did not want a masive primary fight.  Kery tried to get the number two slot but the president did not want to tie his hands.

In his book, the triumphent return,  carter said that he had already decided on a short list of vp before he entered.  He wanted either new mexico governor bill richardson, x indiana rep lee hamilton, new Hampshire senator jeen shaheen or wasington senator marea cantwell. He was leening towards richardson.

Kerry who considered by gore in 2000. Manny democrats were mad that kerry voted for the Iraq war. Carter did not want to pick someone who voted for iraq war. He did not want to alienate thr howard deen wing of the party. He feared deen or someone like him might go third party and bush might win by default.

Kerry suspected that carter might just be toying with a run. Kerry thought if he pushed carter, he might drop out.the party tried to qietly convince kerry not to enter the race. Kerry tried to hoped for sec of sate. Carter said that he would consider him for sec of sate. 

In a private meeting, kerry assured kerry that he was running. He asdured him that he was in it to win it. Kerry decided to anounce that he was not running. Kerry knew that he was probably never going to be president.   

Kerry went into a slump. He felt like the legs were kicked out from under him. Kerry beleved he could have gotten the nomination. He believed that even with iraq hqnging around his neck, he could still have won. Kerry knew he was not going to be vp.  The best he could hope for was posibly a cabinent post . 

Senator john Edwards was called bi clinton number two. He had been considered a serious contender. Carter got the endirsement of former governor jim hunt and curent governor mike easly. Edwards hoped for runing mate but he had been eliminated from consideration. Edwards decided to not run for president. Carter promised to do everything he could to get Edwards relected to thr senate.

Dick gaphardt,former house minority leader wanted to run. He had formed an exploratory comitee. He moved closer to runing even as carter got in. Gaphardt decided not to run against carter. He droped out. 

Joe Lieberman had unseated moderate to liberal republican lowel weiker in 1988. He had been an obscure senator. He comdemed bill clinton for his actions but denonced inoeachment. Gore chose him as a runing mate hoping to distence himself from the clinton scandle. Liberman refused to denounce the war in iraq. His platform was fightibg the war on terror better. On April 29th he formerly anounced hid canadacy.

Carter opponents for the nomination were liberman, former congreswomen and ambassador to new zealand carole mosley braun congressman dennis kucinich, and former alasca senator mikr graval. Liberman was careful in his attacks on carter.  He confined it to policy. Carter pushed Liberman to the right. Carter looked like a responsible centrist. A pro carter pac ran an add comparing Liberman with w. The add labeled liberman diet bush. 

While carter feared opposition within the democratic party, the nostly token opposition banefited him. The debates made him look presidential. He looked like a centrist.  President bush apearently told carl rove that “his goose was cooked.” 

Carter won iowa, new Hampshire and was able to wrap up the nomination in record time. By April he had enough deligates to sicure the nomination. He could focus on the general election. 

Carter worked to gain control of the democratic party apparatus.  Carter assembled an elete campagn staff. His v.p canidates tried out on sunday shows and cable tv.

Pols in may of 2004 showed carter with a 60-40 lead over president bush.  No one thought that would hold. Carter aides said that pold would tighten. The war in Iraq continued to sour.  Republican started to fear a landslide defeat for the president.  They also feared it could adversly affect the downticket.  

Some in the republican party qietly looked at replqcing bush on the ticket. There was some presue for him to bow out. Some hoped w might sack dick chaney. Many urged him to offer the vice presidential slot to colin powel. Powel was considering endorsing carter. He had made it clear he would probably not serve as secretary of sate in the second term. Bush made it clear that chaney would be his ruining mate not matter what. 

Brent  scowcroft the former national secuity advisor to george h.w bush endorsed carter. Henry kisinger endorsed carter and along with zibignew brasinki chared the foregn policy arm of the campagn. X new jersy governor tom keen who chared the 911 commission endorsed carter. Christine tod Whitman who had served as e.p.a admibistrator to president george w bush endorsed carter. She headed up carter’s efort to attract miderate and disaffected republican and independents. 

Republican party elders and doners looked into a replacement for the president.  Names like senate mojority leader bill frist, newt gungrich, dan qayle,rudy gulianie, condiliza rice or john Mccain.  Someonr even sugested revruting the elder george bush to run. It was decifed to let bush run. A carter victory would only be a minor setback.  Carter would not be eligible to run in 2008. If bush lost the party could go though a rebuild process.

Senator linkon chafe of road island switched parties to independent.  The republican mojority of 52 seats was ruduced to 51. Senator chuck hagel of nebrasca endorsed carter but continued to caucuses with the republicsns. Ohio governor bob taft endorsed carter.  Taft pledged to do all he could to deliver ohio for carter.

Bush saw his grasp on power sliping away. He was desprate for a way to change the naririve. He made a suprise visit to bagdad. He met with the interem government.  On the same day Iranian president hotamie made a suprise visit to  pyongyang .he met with kim jong ill in what was dubed the kiss seen round the world. Bush”s visit was not even an after thought.  While the visit between the two leaders was a photo op with no agrements it looked bad. New york times front page headline said the axis strikes back. 

During the summer, former president ronald reagen died. This brought attention to the reagen carter election of 1980. While bush was catefull not to politicize the funeral the contrast between the carter and Reagan presidentcy were made. Bush was benefiting indirectly from all of the attention made to the 40th president.

A plane was flying in restricted airspace. The capital and surpreme court building was put on lock down. F-15 were dispatched.  The plane refused to turn back and did not respond. The plane was schot down. There were no survors. As it turns out the plane was transporting kyintucky governor eaenie fkecher to dc for the reagen furneral.  The plane malfunctioned.  The bush administration looked like they had an itchy trigger finger. 

Of course conspiracy theories abounded.  An imqury chared by mitch mcconnel and paul e patten determined that because there was no radio contact while ill advised it was a resonible response. It was publicity president bush did not want.

Carter had rulled out Washington senator marea cantwell. He wanted to consider a female canidate. Jeen shaheen of new hampshire was elected to the senate after the use of force resolution against Iraq was passed. She defeated republican senator bob smith in the 02 midterms.  

He added denis kukinich to hos list of vp nominies and dick gaphardt. Top ades urged him not to pick either. Both were eliminated from considerations. Marcy kaptur of Ohio was vetted but eliminated from consideration.  The short list was whittled down to four.  

This was lee Hamilton of indiana, tenisee governor phil bredeson, Jeen shaheen or bill richardson. Sources have said that richardson was his dream canidate from day one of his decision to run.  

Richardson was hispanic. He had been a congresman. As a congresman he worked as a back chanel and an as hawk representative for president clinton. He had been nominated three times for a nobel peace prize.  He served as un ambassador and then served as energy secretary.  Despite a black mark on his record during an enugy crises, he had redemed himself by becoming a popular governor in new mecico.

If carter won the presidentcy in 04, and was viewed as sucesfull richardson would be a shoe in for the democraric nominstion. This could be a demicratic readuregence not seen sense the time of franklin roosivelt. 

richardson was not void of controversy.  There had been scandals over the years. Nothing too savere.  As enurgy secretary, vermont demictatic senator pat lahy said in a hearing that richardson would never get confirmed to any opounted posistion. There was fears that lahy words might become an add. 

Bredeson was risky. He was not well known outside of tenisee. He was new as governor. It seemed like a regonal ticket. Bredeson did not bring much to the ticket. 

Shaheen might help him in the northeast.  He was leeding in new england except for maine first congressional district and new hampshire. Most believed carter would dominate the north east if not sweep it especialy new england. 

Lee Hamilton looked like a satesman. A catter hamilton ticket would look like adults in the room contrasting the two cowboys in bush and chaney. He was pushed to pick hamilton. Carter incisted on richardson. 

Richardson was reluctent to accept. He was in hie first term as governor. He was pushed by democraric party insiders. He accepted. His pic created buzz. 

The 2004 democratic platform was to work with alies and made the world safe and us respected.  The slogin was safe at home,respected around the world. Carter advocated focusing on targering terorist commandand control and curbing there capibilities.he wanted to focis on terorist groups. He would work tp streghen iraqi home government as he called it.

The convention included democrats and republicans who endorsed carter. Dr. Kisinger gave a key note explaning why we need jimmy carter in the white house. Richardson spoke of minority building the future of the us. It was a hopefull convention. 

Carter curbed much talk of the stolen 2000 election. He said ,that is sosteptember 10th. Carter much to chagrin of some let liberman adress the convention.  Liberman gave a passionate defense of carter and democratic party view of foregn policy. 

Carter led bush after the convention 70 percent to his twenty.  The republican convention was held in September.  The republican attempted a morning again in America convention. It was heldin new york city.  They tried to lunk reagen to bush. This led to an angry response from ron Reagan jr. Aganst the wishes of nancy reagen, ron jr went on any network that would have him advocating for carter.

Bush got the bump he hoped for. After the convention bush and carter were tied . bush tried to look presidential.

The relect bush team try a no drama w strategy.  Bush was photographed being president. Bush tried to potrsy hinself as hard working for the American people.

Carter tried to look like a satesman.he also focused in on his work for habitat for humanity. He reached out to younger voters who were babies or not aluve during his administration.  

Adds criticizing his administration failed. Bush looked meen. He looked petty. Bush changed his strategy. He tried to look calm and resonible. Carter advocated a patcent bill of rights.  Bush convinced speaker livingston and leader frist to pass it. He signed it neutralizing it as a campagn issue. 

The first debate carter was calm, cool and collected.  Bush was on the defensive. Most agree carter won. Richardson performance against fick chany was viwed as lackluster.  Carter is considered to have won the second debate. Bush canceled the third debate and did forums with just him and perspective voters.

On election day, most believed carter had it in the bag. Early in the night carter swept new england and the nottheast. He won georgia, tenisee Alabama.  

Bush took florida, Texas, Oklahoma,  lousiana, Virginia, west va, Indiana. Carter took north Carolina.  Carter swept the west coast.  He took won predictable west coast states like Washington,  oregon and California.  He also wom Nevada,  and Colorado. Bush won the plane states. Carter took michigan, Wisconsin,  pensivania and Iowa with little difficulty.  He won ohio. 

In the end he swept the west and east coast. He made inroads in the south. He did well in the mid west.  He was declared the 44th president at one am.  It was prery clear erlier that he had won.

President bush promised a smouth transistion. He dispatched vp chaney, defense sectratery rumsfeld and condaleza rice to brief carter personaly the next day. Bush asked president elect carter to apount a liasion who would be an emded with bush whitehouse who would act as his reprsentive. He chose former senator chuck robb for that job.

Bush and carter worked closely on the transistion. Bush wrote in his post presidential book that he despiritly wanted a second term but once he lost he was eager to return to private life. 

Could carter have a sucesfull second term? Time would tell.

Notes

I know i will take flack for Ohio gov taft endorsement.taft barly wo. Relection and was unpopular.  His endorsement would stil be a huge deal.

Creating alternative 2014 election.

Alternative history also known as speculative fiction is taking actual events and coming up with a different outcome.  A what if syinerio. Popular one are what if america lost the revolutionary war or what if the south won the cival war. Other syinerios are what if the south won the battle of getysburg or what if normandy invasion failed? Elections are interesting esprcialy congressional.  

The 2014 election was a major event in modern u.s history. It was the last election of the berak obama presidentcy. It was the first election sence the 2013 government shitdown and the 2012 sequester.  There was the rise of isis and an ebola oitbreak and fear. The tea party was heading into its third election. The establishment in the republican party had tried to reassert itself and had succeeded.  

In the real world the republicans gained nine seats. There was three more then they needed to take power. The republican did not lose a single seat. They held on to open seats.  The denocrats only got one new member. That of gary peaters who replaced longtime senator Carl levin of Michigan.  Mitch mconel servived a primary and general election challenge.  Pat roberts of kanas who seemed to be vanerable ended up not being in jeopardy.  Republican kept control of Georgia.  

In alternative history election results are tricky. It is irational to flip every results.  It is unlikly for democrat neils mitchel to upset jim risch in idaho. Probably cam cavaso was not going to win in hawaie. It is best to find probible divation in results. 

Some are very easy to alter.  The easiest is in alasca. In the real time line, dan sulivan beat mqrk begitch 48 to 45. It took recounts begore begitch conceded.  It is quite reasonable that behitch could have won. It would mostlikly be close. Without altering other events begitch wining is concevible. A land slide would not unless Obama had been popular,won Alaska in 12 or mit romney won and was unpopular. I perfer to stick closer to the real events. 

Another easy race to alter is north caeolina. Tom tilis beat kay hegen 48 to 47. Her wining by the same margin is quite conceivable.  Tilis was speaker of the sate house. Even though nc was a purple satw that slightly leened gop, the house acted like it was a deep red sate. Tilis won a close primary chalenge by dr. Grieg branon. Tilis was establishment anf disliked by tea party and glen beck who for the most part endorsed brenon. Had brenon won might have changed the race.  I am keeping things bascaly the same for this template. 

Although Arkansas was real close,mark pryor could have beat tom cotten. Cotten was an architect of the 2013 shutdown along witg ted cruz and mike lee. Arkansas is the hone of bill Clinton and once a democratic stronhold.  In 2008 pryor won unopposed even as arkanas was the bigest win for john mccain. 

It is not hard to imagine mark udal holding on to his srat against Gardner.  In my post i put udal against ken buck. In the real time line the gop holding to stop buck from runing recruted gardner. Buck ran for gardners house seat. Buck ran unsuccessfuly against Michael bannet in 2010. 

While mitch mconel loss to allison lundegrin grimes is possible.  While the sate goes republican in presidential elections, democrats do well in sate wide races. Although mconel pulled though well,it could have gone the orther way. 

Kanas is an interesting one.  Orignally it was a theee eay race between roberts fred duvaul and independent grieg orman. Duval droped out. Orman was the opposition candidate. Orman lost. There are a milion places you could take this. I chose to keep the situation the same up until the results. Moatlikly he would side with the democrats. One canot be totaly sure. 

Montana was a bit of a odd series of occurrences. Long time democratic senator conrad burns accrpted a post ad ambassador to china. There was talk of x governor bryan switzer challenging him. Burns took the job probably conident that it would stay in democratic hands. Swizler decided not to run. Lt governor john walsh was appointed to the seat.  Walsh was implicated in a plagerism scandle. Republican congresman Steve danes ran. The denocrats picked amanda carpenter.

Danes won with little dificulty. I decided to keep burns in the race.instead of danes i picked denny rheburg as a kind of sacrificial canidate. There are manny angles you could persue. 

In gerogia saxby chamblis decided not to run. Multiple republicans ran. Into the end david perdue got the nod. He run with 50 percent of the vote avoiding a runoff with michelle nun daughter of x senator sam nun. I had Michele nun wining with filthy percent of the vote. This seams the most likly alternate to the real time line.  

There are mutiple others. Nun and perdue go to runoff.  Nun and another runing.  Her in a runoff with someone else etc. One i find interesting but did not explore was what if the losiana runoff produced a 51-50 split then nun won georgia ruboff. That would create a 50-50 split .joe biden would break the tie and democrats would rule the senate.  

Loisiana is another intetesting race. In the real race, mary landru was forced into a runof with bill casidy. Casidy won. I chose to keep close to the real events. I had landru win the runoff. 

One could go in orther directions. Lundru could have got 51 percent. She could have faced rob mandes. Mandes was tea party guy but had little suport in lousiana or with republican establishment. 

Iowa could have gone difetently. Senator tom harken could have stayed in the race.  Bruce braily could have won. He was viwed as a favorite until high profile gaffs. In a wave election ernst though impressive would have faced a tough road. Ernst might not have gotten the nomination. 

In the south Carolina special election,tim scot easily won. Had jim demint not left the senate there would be no special election. Had the democrats mounted a serious opisition it could have gone differently. In a wave election, if denocrat vincent sheheen had won the governors race, a canidate could have riden on his coatales. I chose to leave this race as it was in the real timeline. 

Texas,i left the same. I could have had steve stockman beating cornine but i did not. I decided not to have the democrats mount a serious chalenge to him. If wendy davis beat abot in the governors race, there could have been a coat tale. 

Tenisee was a ho hum race in the real universe. Lamer alexander easily won a third term. I saw no reason to alter it. 

In va, mark warnet eaked out a win against ed gilaspe. In this tine line i had Warner win another landslide.  I considered having someone other then gilaspe but decided to keep it as is. I could have had gilaspe win but in a dem wave year it made little sense that blue va would go red. 

In west va ,jay Rockefeller decided not to run. He did it almost imidietly after the 2012 election. This gave republican shelly more capitato time to prepare. The dems chose netali tennet. This could have been competitive but was not reallt. 

Given that west va is a denocratic machine sate ,she could have won.i decided to have tennet win. 

Wyoming,  mike enzi beat liz chaney for the nomination then went on to win the election. I could have chaney won. I decided not to. I decided to keep it as is. 

In a paralel sitution,the results would be fliped. In Minnesota having all franken lose to mike mcfeddon in a dem year made no sense. Having tom udal lose im new hanpshire in my universe made little sense. I considered an upset in oregon. Have monica whitby win in oregon. It seemed ilogical for whitby to win. 

I am not totaly happy with my decision to have scot brown beat shaheen. I kind of wanted to have one surprise. Mayby if someone else chalenged shaheen i might be more happy. 

South decota was a fascinating race. It was an open seat. Former governor mike rounds apeared to be a shoe in to replace democrat tim jonson. Then lary presser steped in as an independent.  Rick weylan a throw away canidate got traction. In my template,  rick wrhland pullef off a victory.  I could have had presser win. Presler said he would join the democrats if elected. 

Oklihoma special election i kept the same. Had coburn not decided to quit there would be no race. I decided not to change it. Had dan borren or x gov brad henry ran it might have turned diffferently. That is too speculative for me. 

I realy think Nebraska  could have gone difetently.  In the real time line ben suess got 60 percent or so. If the democrats were having a good year. Nebraska could have been in play. Sues was a problimetic canidate. Sues could have lost to shane osborn. Osborn could have facef domina. I think that is a resonable flip in an alternative time line. 

I believe jef seasons would win in probly other alternative time line. I just dont see him losing. Jim risch is another one i just dont see losing in 2014.  Chris coons,cory booker, ed marky are senators that i just dont see losing. 

Alternative or specutive history is not an exact science. We are speculating.  This is a guess. There is no way to test these theories.  I dont have acess to a timet from sliders. I love alternative history. It is fun to engage in this kind of speculation.  At least i find it fun. 

Pm bush part two

“Making of a prime minister”
After wining the leadership of the conservitive party,bush quickly resigned as premer of texas and went to philidalfia. He had to govern behind the veil sense he was no t an m.p.
On his first day he met with the tory cauckus,had a private meating with outgoing leader jack kept and even met with the prime minister.
Bush hired some well conected people to his staff. Karl rove became his chief stratigest. Rove was a key party insider. Rove would be come to known as bush’s brain and the architect.
Karen hughs who worked with him in the premeres office came with him to philly.  He also chose condaliza rice who had worked on national security isues for hia farther as his foregn policy advisor.
Once he was elected to the house,he took his seat and go to work. Many comented that he looked like a prime minister.
Bill Clinton continued to push for programs that invested in education and other programs.bush critisized these programs as being too coastly and prone to missmanagement. He was careful with his tone. He did want to be seen as anti education or anti the little guy.
In the sumer of 1998,terrorist linked to saudi born osama binladen attacked american embisies in kenya and Tanzania. In response,pm Clinton ordered targets in athgamistan and suden be hit. Inteligence said these were command and control facilities for the terorist group. As it terns out,one was an asprin factory.
In a heated exchange during prime minister’s questiones,bush acused Clinton of not having a clue when it comes to tatics. Clinton responded by saying “last time he checked,the new york mets did blow themselves up at sporting events”
In November of 1998, iraq kicked out weapons inspectors,they aslo tried to defy the no fly zone imposed on them after the gulf war in 1991. Great briten asked america to paticipate in bombing strikes on iraq. Clinton incisted this was not a war and did not ask for any vote in parliament. Bush was critical of this move. Bush said there should be a decleration of war.
The bombing was just a responce. There were no lasting consqiqances. Bush said that sadom hausien had to go. There was speculation that a prime minister bush would deal with sadom hauisein different then pm Clinton or even his farther.
While being leader of the opposition,bush comisoned a study on “fesibility of regime change in iraq” the author of that study was former minister of national defense dick chaney.
In spring of 1999,the congress of viena decided to deal with the situation in the balkens. After the colapse of the rusan empire,Yugoslavia split into several contries.  Serbian president slobidon Milosevic was acused of war crimes in the breakaway republic of Kosovo.
The congress of viena voted to send trops to Kosovo to protect the ethnic Albanians. As a member sate,america was asked to paticipate. Instead of a decleration of war,pm Clinton asked for parliamentry permission to send trops and orther forces.
Opposition leader bush was sceptical of the operation. He was opposed to the concept of nation building . He was also concerned about angering the russans and the chinese. He decided to sign on to the plan. He did express concern in a speach before parliament.
Bush was critical of the government ‘s administration of the conflict. The conflict came to an end when serbean forces agreed to pull out. The congress of viena took charge Kosovo.
Pm Clinton aproved of peace keeping forces to stay in the area.bush was highly critical of that move.
In 2000, bush was silent of the isue of cuben refuge elian Gonzales who the Clinton government had returned to be with his farther in cubba. New hampshire senator bob smith led the charge to have him remane in america. Many wanted smith to tone down his rhetoric.
Although bill Clinton was popular,a series of sex scandal dodged his government. Although in most parliamentry system pm can serve as long as they and the voters want. With the exception of p.m roosivelt,no pm had served for more then two mandates. Clinton decided that he would leave office in steptember of 2000.
During a leadership convention,deputy prime minister al gore defeated former senator bill Bradley for the leadership of the grits. On stemtember second ,al gore became prime minister.
There was speculation on when pm gore would call an election. While bush and the tories perpared for an election. They believed that this was there moment.
Bush asked dick chany now ceo of haliburton to return to politics.he decided to seak his old seat in Wyoming. He convinced colin powel to run for parliament from Virginia. He got donald Rumsfeld to return to politics as well.
The economy has been very good under bill Clinton. Clinton came to power due to the recession in 1992. He made the economy the key point of his 96 campaign. There were signs of an economic downturn. Even before the election was called,bush made the economy an isue.liberal suporters acused bush of talking down the economy.
  In November 16th ,prime minister gore asked governor general madaline Albright to disolve the government and call a new election.
Bush tried to form a coilition of voters similar to what ronald reagon had done. They campaigned hevily in the south.
A big hope was florida where his brother was premer. Jeb bush worked hard to gain seats for George.
Coming into the election,the two parties were neck and neck. Social liberterians were more likely to suport the liberals. As the world entered the new milenium there seamed to be an ideological shift to the left. There was also a resurgence of right wing especially in the south.
Bush who profesed to be an evengelical christian tried to apeal to evengelical voters. He also tried to moderate himself .he refered to himself as a compasionate tory.
Bush campaigned on tax reduction. He also wanted to privitize the social insurance program. Gore was critical of this.
The election seamed to be heading in the direction of the tories. The liberals were stil doing well in the cities.
On election night, the consertives won control of the house with a slight mojority. They won 40 percent of the vote.there was acusation of vote fraud in several rydings in florida. It even garnared protest.it would dog bush’s first mandate. 
Pm gore anounced that he would step down as leader of the liberal party. Joe liberman became interem opposition leader.
Bush was now prime minister.bush knew that it would be a long climb. Bush did not get the decisive victory he wanted. He was now in charge. He had a lot to prove.