1- congressionial investigations would turn up more and more corruption in the Bush Administration.
2- witnesses at lower levels of power, below the whitehouse, will start providing evidence of more and more corruption, making it clearer and clearer that the Whitehouse has been criminal and incompetent (Bush's Monica- No Blowjob-- Just Screwing)
3-Republicans will begin waking up to the realization that if they continue to allow the investigations without doing something, the Republican party will virtually die, becoming a weak minority party, for years to come.
4- There will be no impeachment. A group of republicans-- enough when added to the democrats to pass impeachment-- will take "THE WALK" to the whitehouse to inform Bush and Cheney that they have to go to salvage the future of the Republican party and to save the senators' own necks.
5. These republicans will negotiate with the dems to appoint a president and vice president who will definitely NOT run for president-- maybe George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton.
6-Unfortunately, Bush and Cheney will probably come out of this with pardons.
The current battle over Iraq funding will be a good predictor of how congress will handle impeachment. If the Dems cave on holding to requiring a deadline, then I'd reduce my hopes for eventually removing Cheney and Bush from office.
Last night, when asked who would support Kucinich's legislation to impeach cheney, none of the others raised their hands. Dennis explained why he was doing it, pulling out a small pocket size edition of the constitution. Kucinich replied that he was protecting the constitution and following the law. The others, at least the ones in congress need to be told that this is what you want.
I'll be out getting petitions signed tomorrow-- petitions to impeach Bush and Cheney-- petitions to get my congressman to protect and obey the constitution. I want him to know that there are a lot of people who voted for him, who contributed money to him and canvassed and phone banked for him who want him to impeach the criminals in the whitehouse.
It won't be the last time I go out. This is an off year, politically. Bush and Cheney will not last out their terms, but we have work to do to help their departure.
Meanwhile, the hearings will continue. Most of the hearings are about new issues, that have developed since the November elections. We're waiting for some good stuff coming up-- Condi-- whether she obeys the subpoena or not, Gonzales' answers to the questions he couldn't remember-- he's been told to get the answers--, and of course, Monica Goodling, with immunity. Then there's that Karl Rove email investigation by the office of the special counsel. There's lots of ammo coming, and each Bush appointee who screws up or gets caught does more to embarass the Republican party.
The Iraq budget, WITH timetable, was passed by 51 senators, even though Joe Lieberman opposed it and another dem senator was still recovering from his stroke.
The Republicans will, ultimately, finish the criminals off, doing THE WALK. The longer they wait, the more power the Dems will have to decide who replaces Cheney and Bush. The longer they wait, the worse the Republican party will last. I wonder who will be among the last remaining Republican senators to remain loyal to whitehouse criminals who have so horrribly assaulted our nation, our freedom, our democracy and our constitution. Hatch? Brownback? McCain? Imhofe, Stevens, Kyl, McConnell. The longer they wait the worse they will look to their constituents.