:: Monday, September 18, 2006 ::
Late Night Rumination
The past week or so has seen the Bush administration frantically trying to cover its exposed legal ass on torture in light of the possible Democratic takeover of the House. One of the things that Congress has for the most part neglected to do for the past six years, conveniently for the Administration, is conduct oversight hearings. The Dems are itching to have some, and it's my best guess that "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" won't begin to cover what they'll find - especially with torture and the NSA wiretapping, where the Administration was apparently Hell-bent on violating the law and the Constitution when there was absolutely no need.
The Democrats won't stop with impeaching Bush, though - Cheney'll be coming down too. From what we know, Dick's been intimately involved with what's been happening in the White House, and no one in any sane state of mind wants him to be President, so he'll be impeached concurrently.
In this same hypothetical scenario, we'd end up with Speaker Pelosi, assuming the Dems didn't change their House leadership. With both the Pres and the Veep impeached and, possibly, removed from office, we'd end up with a Democratic, female President who, since she'd be serving for less than two years, would be elligible to run for two more full terms. Since she'd have time in the executive under her belt, she'd be well-placed to do so, too.
Even if the Dems change their House leadership upon gaining control, the Bush Administration wouldn't want to cede control of the White House to the Dems that easily. This is why I think that, if the Dems do take control of the House, one of the first things that will happen is that Dick Cheney will resign and Bush will appoint someone very loyal to him but unconnected to his dastardly deeds to be his new Veep. That way, if the Dems do succeed in impeaching and then removing Bush from office, the administration will continue, with an appointed heir apparant who would likewise have the benefits of incumbency while still being elligible for two full terms as President.
At some point during all this a tinfoil hat appeared on my head. I'm gonna go off and try to find some way to remove it... unless, for some reason, any/all of this comes to pass, in which case I'll say "I told you so" a whole bunch of times.
:: The Squire 2:25 AM :: email this post :: ::