So we come to the end of the story. Under the circumstances I outlined, a McCain win is quite possible, though it would be much closer than either the Bush or Buckman elections. Regardless, I'm not going to haggle over which factor was most important, or that I didn't take this or that into consideration.
Everybody wanted to know what Carl will do after he's out of office. I have no idea! I am sure he is exhausted. Ever seen before and after pictures of the Presidents? They look like they've gone ten rounds with Joe Frazier! Carl needs some time off, so I set things up that he could. Use your imagination.
This is the end of the story, but there is one more 'chapter' coming up. More than just a blog entry, I am laying out some possible ideas for a sequel. I'll be looking for some feedback.
On a different note, if you like do-over stories, a new one is out, quite good, "A New Past" by Charlie Foxtrot. I recommend your reading it.