The Iraq War rages on with, seemingly, no end in sight. Republican support dwindles and no Republican antiwar candidates emerge. With no additional terror attacks on U.S. soil, Rudy Giuliani's base erodes; his social views grate on conservatives. Mitt Romney becomes the default GOP candidate, handily defeating Fred Thompson, who appears "old and tired" in the last GOP debate.
Hillary Clinton loses support as more Clinton scandals are unveiled. Meanwhile, Barak Obama encounters problems of his own as unsavory Muslim connections are uncovered within his extended family. His campaign does not provide an effective response and his supporters fade and drift away.
In spring 2008, 126 U.S. soldiers in Iraq die from a missile smuggled in from Iran. Bush orders tactical strikes against certain Iranian military installations. The conflict escalates and the Strait of Hormuz is blocked. Oil supply dries up, Iraq's money flow stops, its government collapses and civil war erupts. In the U.S., there are gasoline shortages; the price of gas hits $8.00/gal. General Motors and Ford go bankrupt, the country is slammed into a recession and the Dow drops 3,000 points. The economic hit is even worse in Europe; news reports are filled with anti-U.S. rhetoric from our "allies".
Al Gore declares his candidacy, proclaiming that "our energy and foreign policies are bankrupt" and promises "sensible solutions". "Our voracious appetite for oil brings us nothing but war, fallen soldiers, a train wreck economy, more pollution and the eventual destruction of our planet. Global warming is real," he says. Gore gets much backing from the entertainment community; big-name celebrities appear at every campaign stop, drawing huge crowds. He readily wins the Democratic nomination. The press compares Gore's reemergence to that of Richard Nixon forty years before.
The summer of 2008 is unusually hot. In late September, 38 people die of heat exhaustion at a Boston hospital during a brownout. In the final debate, Gore angrily accuses Mitt Romney of promoting the very policies which caused these souls to perish. "Their blood is on your hands," exclaims Al, pointing his finger directly at Romney.
Mitt, recovering from a bout of flu, gives an weak response while visibly sweating.
In January of 2009, Al Gore is sworn in as president of the U.S.