Spurred by a “Bragging Rights” thread in Elections, I wanted to give my own scenario for the next 20 months. I thought of posting in Marketplace
Plot outline for bestseller political fiction. Million-dollar bestseller. Movie rights $5,000,000.00 or more. The plot outline is yours for only $199.99
but I wasn’t allowed. So feel free to steal the idea; just donate $199 to your favorite charity when you get the $Million.
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As the 2016 primary season advanced, things went about as expected. Hillary’s dominance grows. Cruz takes Iowa but Trump does OK. Trump takes N.H. but Cruz does OK. Rubio hobbles along, the default hope of mainstream GOP. Kasich drops out when exiled to the Kiddie’s Matinee; he supports Bush but his few supporters jump onto one of the three leaders. Running out of alternatives, rich donors invite Bush and Rubio to a Florida slug-off, but the results are inconclusive.
Scandals surface about all the candidates:
[ul][li] Clinton appears to be guilty of felony perjury, as well as at least three other felonies, misdemeanors, frauds and possibly treasons;[/li][li] Cruz commits various hypocrisies;[/li][li] Rubio, it appears, diverted campaign dollars to a love-nest and associated blackmail; and[/li][li] Trump is accused of insulting two manicurists and a waitress in Louisville, Kentucky 1995. Reports include allegations of extramarital sex between Trump and at least one of the manicurists, though accounts differ as to whether this was before or after the insulting.[/ul][/li]But the charges all rinse off as if on Teflon. Until evidence surfaces that the Rubio love-nest was with a teenage boy. Rubio’s standings plummet. In desperation Sheldon Adelson texts Donald Trump: “Up 4 a game of golf?” The rest is history
As the campaign enters its final phase, Hillary and the GOP nominee duke it out in a series of great debates. In the background there are 4½ gun massacres during the 2016 summer – one by Islamists, one by anti-Islamists, one by white supremacists, one by gun-loving anti-abortionists, and a ½-massacre hard to classify. (Jerry Peters estranged from his Asian-American fiancée, shoots up his fiancée’s Chinese restaurant, but only 6 Caucasians, including Peters himself, die. But on 9th September 2016 [sorry – you must pay for episode 2 to get this spoiler :rolleyes: ] Panic sets in. Pollsters show both Presidential and Congressional races as very close.
Many lawsuits are filed soon after Election Day. The Congressional majority is uunclear, but it does soon become clear that the electoral vote is tied 269-269 between the two nominees,
Among the nine swing states, no less than nine combinations of GOP victories produce a 269-269 tie:
FL OH IA NV NH
FL OH IA WI
FL OH NV WI
FL VA CO IA NV
PA OH CO IA NV NH
PA OH CO IA WI
PA OH CO NV WI
PA OH VA IA NV
PA FL NH WI
but the Congress that will break the tie is in doubt. Recounts, suits and countersuits are in progress. SCOTUS rushes out rulings on disputed elections, always by a 5-4 vote, but they cannot clear the dockets by Inauguration Day.
Supporters of Trump take to the streets, armed with guns, demanding their man be sworn in as President.
Suddenly Second Amendment rights, long viewed as a tangential joke by many Americans, take center stage. The division is no longer between Right and Left, nor between GOP and Democrats, but between Armed and Unarmed.
I’ll post Chapter Two if there’s interest…