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Memories of the Gore Administration

Ten years ago this month, a Supreme Court ruling ushered in George W. Bush as our 43rd president. We asked five (sometime) novelists to imagine the past decade as if the election had gone the other way. America: This is your parallel life.

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2001
2001Gore Moves In
Al Qaeda doesn’t care who’s president.
By Kurt Andersen
2002–2003
2002Into Afghanistan
With a gesture that plays a lot better at home than abroad.
By Kevin Baker
2004–2005
2004A New Vice-President
And a visit from a concerned young official as the water rises in Louisiana.
By Glenn Beck
2006–2007
2006An Assassination Attempt …
… nicks one vice-president and gives Gore yet another, as the election circus begins.
By Jane Smiley
2008–2009
2008An October Surprise
The new president handles the financial crisis with aplomb.
By Walter Kirn
2010
BlagoRomneyCare and Recession …
… unleash something unpleasant, if distressingly familiar.
By Kurt Andersen


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