You see, I'm in a hurry. I want to see the big cleanup in Washington happen much faster-- including showing Cheney and Bush the door, and maybe, the prison yard. Pelosi and Conyers are doing things exactly right and they have a better chance of my goal-- removal of Bush and Cheney from office-- than if they were going the impeachment route.
Pelosi has already stated that it is her constitutional responsibility to investigate. I am certain that within days of the opening of the new congress, Conyers, Waxman and others will begin holding hearings. They will begin investigating some of the most obvious problems and questions and they will happily go where those investigations lead them.
They will be using prosecutors on their investigative teams. One of the most effective ways prosecutors work is to interrogate and "nail" smaller, lower level perpetrators who then "roll over" to inform on higher ups. This is what will be happening all over Washington.
The sweet thing about congressional hearings is that there are no lawyer-client confidentiality priveleges. Yep. The lawyers have to squeal like stuck pigs or face contempt of congress charges-- which they are not very likely to do.
The rolling over will quickly reach the upper echelons of power. The evidence and testimony will build.
First, Cheney will be in the targets. Like Spiro Agnew, Nixon's vice president, Cheney will resign rather than face serious prison charges.
At that point, Bush will submit his appointment of a vice president replacement for both houses of congress to approve. The Democratic majority in congress must delay approving anyone as vice president until Bush is dealt with. It is interesting to speculate who Bush might appoint-- Joe Lieberman? Olympia Snowe? Or will he act consist with his past obliviousness to reality and appoint Gonzalez or Rice?
Immediately after Cheney resigns. Bush becomes the target. By then, plenty of evidence and testimony will have been accumulated, but the Dems will have been saving the worst, behind closed doors. At this point, some of it will be leaked. It will hurt at least one Republican member of congress. It will make the Republicans look even worse.
At this point, the Republicans, about fifteen or sixteen of those in the senate, particularly ones up for re-election in 2008, will take a walk-- not a phone call, not e-mail-- a walk, to the oval office. They will inform the president that he must resign to save the Republican party from implosive destruction. They will tell him that to save the Republican party they are willing to join with the Democrats to impeach him out of office. They will instruct him to do the right thing for the country and save it the trauma, mostly at the expense of the Republicans, of a horrible impeachment, which is inevitable, since the most revelations about testimony and evidence on Bush has brought his ratings down to less than 20% approval rating.
Bush will, in his attempt to negotiate, ask for either no criminal sentence or a minimal one. The Dems should not let him off scott free. Bush should do time in jail and he should be fined Billions. That's right. Billions. Not only that, he should be banned from profitting from his presidency and includes making any speeches or consulting as a lobbyist. Send him to his ranch to clear brush.
This is not a wild, crazy scenario. It is very realistic, very possible and could play itself out by November. Then we get to play with some fun questions.
Who will become vice president?
Will President Nancy Pelosi run for re-election?
Which Bush appointees will be the best at rolling over on their boss, providing the most devastating testimony?
Which Bush appointees will be the first to be indicted, charged and incarcerated? I Vote for his two Attorneys general.
Which corporations will be charged?
Who are some of the leaders on the left who will fill the hundreds of spots that will open when the Pelosi purge begins-- when Nancy starts accepting resignations from hundreds of political appointees of cabinet, department head and other key jobs?
What role will the internet and the Blogosphere play in these decisions?
Bottom line-- I am quite comfortable that impeachment is off the table. Impeachment did not bring down Nixon. Hearings and investigations did. I am fine with all the people advocating for hearings. Their pressure will motivate the Conyers and Waxmans in congress to do their investigations, knowing they are on the same page as the griping impeachment advocates. I am confident that Pelosi, Conyers, Waxman and enough other members of congress want Bush out as much as we do. They just know that there's a better way and their executing that strategy.
So, if you've been castigating and berating Pelosi and Conyers, don't get hung up on the "I" word. It's the "O" word that's important and what we really want anyway. No, not orgasm. That will come afterward. THe "O" stands for OUT. We want them out and there is no doubt in my mind that Pelosi and Conyers have every plan to do what it takes to help the Republicans figure out that they have no choice but to force both Bush AND Cheney out. Come January 2008 there's a great chance we will be dealing with the "C" and "A" words-- cleanup and appointments. These will be exciting times.
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