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1. How likely is a resignation by the Vice President? Why?
2. If Cheney were to leave office, would Rice be the most probable choice as his replacement? Why or why not?
Every so often, Paladin Elspeth starts crooning, “Hot August nights…”
Forty years ago, my Hot August days, and occasional afternoon shifts, were spent working for minimum wage in a small factory with a memorable work force. The day shift foreman in my department was driven to work daily by his wife. The rest of the department was very proud of the fact that they had gotten their driver’s licenses. It had been a struggle for all of them. Their elementary schools did not teach driver training. If you wanted driver training, you had to go to High School. All of them had dropped out of elementary school on their respective 16th birthdays. It was while working there, as we would take our coffee breaks in the combination delivery truck / company lunchroom, that I first heard of the “Trilateral Commission.” I was told it was a group of industrial barons who actually run the world from behind the scenes. That was the group, I was told, that had ordered the Kennedy Assassination. They need us to be at war for the profits, I was told, and that is why we are in Vietnam. They didn’t believe in voting, because the results were predetermined.
As I look at this question, I recall the phrase “Come to Jesus Meeting.” Occasionally, it would be argued, someone is put into power who isn’t willing to play along. He actually thinks that he is in charge of things, and they have to remove him. He will always be warned first, the legend goes, and then they’ll start greasing the skids.
Somehow, in my imagination, the scenario of a Condoleezza Rice appointment to Vice President suddenly makes sense…
In a hunting lodge in New England, a group of industrialists sits down to discuss politics and the economy. “What are we going to do? The economy is so bad that beer sales are slipping.” (Overheard as the beer vendor was complaining to the 7 – 11 clerk a few days ago.) Options are put on the table, and something is said about the President’s slipping popularity. He’s a lame duck, but with a slipping popularity, he can’t raise money effectively anymore. With his appointment of Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court, one cartoon strip, Candorville
, is discussing the problems resulting when “PRESIDENT BUSH NOMINATES A LOG TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.”
George W. Bush, the legend goes, never wanted to be President until he was shown that he was ahead in the polls. Suddenly, despite the fact that neither woman has expressed an interest in running for President in 2008, the question is being raised as to who is the stronger candidate, Hillary Clinton or Condoleezza Rice. A typical blog excerpt:
Ultimately, the only Republican who may be able to beat Hillary is Bush’s nominee for secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice. Able to appeal to black and female voters without sacrificing support among whites and men, Condi could be the only figure who stands between Hillary and the White House.Stranded On Blue Islands
The waters are being tested…
“If she polls are strong enough, can we convince her? Can we control her?”
Howard Dean stated on The Daily Show the other day that the Democrats plan to field about 9 candidates in the 2008 primaries…
If the powers behind the throne can get Condoleezza Rice promoted to Vice President, and remove George W. Bush from the President’s office in early 2007; the Republicans will once more be able to field an incumbent President against a splintered infighting Democratic field. She could be President for up to ten years!
Yes, if I go back to those Hot August nights, accept the fact that we peons can change nothing, that this is all being scripted by the “Merchants of War” and “The Skull and Bones Society,” if I concede 100 IQ points while I am reasoning, it makes perfect sense that The Republican Party has decided the best candidate they can hope to field in 2008 is an incumbent Black Woman President who served in the George W. Bush administration.