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October 23, 2005

Rainy Day Indictments Speculation

Vice President McCain?  President GHWBush, as in the father – again?  With Bill Clinton as V.P?  Speculation is rife these last few days about how far up the indictments will go and what the damage to this administration will be.  People ask, what does it mean that Fitzgerald put up a website on Friday?  Are we finally going to get the indictments - of whom, for what?

Clearly it is all speculation at this point.  For those of us who are as excited as we were right before last fall’s election, there is the obvious correlation.  The Democratic sweep predicted on the progressive blogosphere didn’t exactly happen as expected. 

The standard speculation, as evidenced in an article by David Cay Johnston of the NYTimes, has Fitzgerald and the Grand Jury sticking to the Plame outing and indicting Rove and Libby with some lesser administrative folks in their wake.

Even sticking only to the Plame case, some think that broader charges that will be raised:

Buzzflash reported late last week that there was a memo circulating that “Colin Powell spilled the beans on Cheney, and that Cheney's lawyer is negotiating with the U.S. Prosecutor's office.It goes on to say:

the investigation has focused mostly closely on vice president cheney and his staff, as well as us ambassador to the un (and former undersecretary of state for arms control) john bolton and his staff. we are told that eight indictments have already prepared, with the possibility of another ten. these indictments include senior white house staff, most notably vice president cheney's chief of staff scooter libby, fred flights (special assistant to john bolton), and--very surprisingly--national security adviser steve hadley. apparently, libby and hadley have both been told by their lawyers to expect indictments. the indictment of senior bush political advisor karl rove seems highly probable.

In this scenario, Cheney would be forced to step down.  It goes on to say that

it is worth noting that a parade of senior republican senators have evidently been privately pushing mccain to lobby to be cheney's replacement. senator lindsey graham (R-SC) has also been mentioned.

But what if the Grand Jury expands its investigation to the larger issue of lying to Congress and the American people about the reasons for going to war?  Sherlock Google, writing on a DailyKos Diary on Friday, reports on a letter to Fitzgerald from 40 Congressfolk, asking that the Grand Jury expand the investigation to the Niger uranium forgeries.

Norm Ornstein, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, writing on the Huffington Post, sketches out what might occur if the investigation is expanded to the highest levels.  In what he calls the worst case scenario

“the problems of scandal and polarization result in a meltdown of the W. Administration and a collapse of governance in Washington”.  Then he goes on to predict that the following would occur:

1. Vice President Cheney resigns-- and President Bush replaces him not with Condoleeza Rice, as the rumors in Washington speculate, but with his father, George H.W. Bush.

2. President Bush resigns, allowing his father to move up to the presidency.

3. Bush 41/44 chooses his best buddy and surrogate son Bill Clinton (42, that is) to be Vice President. Talk about a fusion White House. Talk about bringing us together. Talk about compassionate triangulation.

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 23, 2005 at 04:16 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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Oh! I do hope that Colin Powell cleansed his soul or some portion of it in "spilling the beans" on Cheney. I used to respect him before he went along with so much of Bush & Co.'s bullshit and lies.

Lynn, this post gave me great laughs to think about Clinton UNDER George Bush the old geezer. Would he truly get confirmed in this climate? Bush that is? I would think Clinton could get just about anything he asked for right now given how much so many of us wish he were there to fix things for us silly prudish Americans who maybe are finally noticing that he was the only REAL brain in that house since Carter.

Posted by: Lisa | Oct 23, 2005 9:12:25 PM

It's lovely to come up with all sorts of fun scenarios. Kind of like a deadlocked Electoral College in 2000 that ends up with Larry Summers as President.

Problem is, won't happen. Ever. These people are so committed to doing whatever it takes to stay in power and maintain a corrupt administration, they'll evade, deceive, manipulate, and use junkie logic to keep the people off balance until 2006/2008.

Posted by: Greg Dewar | Oct 24, 2005 10:16:37 PM

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