Come election day I am one of those that hopes that the Democrats take complete control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans maintain control of the Senate as the House Republicans need a good 2 year long timeout for getting not much of anything done during the last two years, not to mention the totality of their 2006 campaign platform as being able to be stated as: "We aren't Democrats. We won't surrender to the terrorists as they will. We wont raise your taxes."
While it is perhaps a true statement... it's not much better than "Vote for us cause... well... I dunno, just vote for us would ya? We like puppies!" and doesn't instill much of confidence from their base, not to mention the fact that their campaign has been about what they will not do... have we heard anything on what they will do? FairTax anyone
That being said, I had a horrific thought last week while talking to a friend about the question of if John Kerry will remain resolute in not apologizing for his claimed attempt at humor... or if he will give into pressure and apologize and if he were to... would that be flip-flopping? (shame he gave in with his so called apology).
What if... the Democrats picked up not only the House of Representatives... but also the Senate?
Such a blow to the Republicans would effectively cripple the ability of President Bush to do... damn near anything whether it be getting legislation passed, judges confirmed, continue the war on terror or take Air Force One out for a spin.
While this is a pretty terrible thought to most conservatives out there... there's the possibility of something far far worse, far worse than the much feared idea of Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker of the House if the Democrats win... we could see Nancy Pelosi become President.
Think about it... provided the Democrats can control at least 218 votes in the House and 67 in the senate, it would be a simple matter to impeach, convict and remove from office President Bush.
While some would argue that the President has not committed anything resembling 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors'... others would claim that the NSA wiretapping program, intelligence leading up to the Iraq invasion and others would be cause enough.
Part of the reason I bring this up was because of a quote I remember an NBC pundit saying during the impeachment of President Clinton, it was something to the effect of: "Does this now create a precedent for future legislators who be able to remove an unpopular President from office who has committed no crime?"
Granted this pundit doesn't seem to think that perjury is a crime, it does raise an interesting overall question as the only thing stopping an impeachment is sufficient levels of dislike or hate of the President.
No matter the reason, it would be possible and as a result, Vice President Dick Cheney would ascend to the office of President... one he wouldn't hold for very long.
Today in Washington there are 3 men who I see as the principal opponents and thorns in the collective side of the Democrat party... or perhaps even an ‘unholy trinity'. In order of perceived suffering and pain they have caused they are:
- Karl Rove
- President Bush
- Vice President Cheney
If the Democrats were successful in removing their #2 pain from office, I do not think it a long shot to see them also try to remove #3... which would also in effect remove #1.
Why would Karl Rove he be out of a job? The #2 person in the line of succession
today is Congressmen Dennis Hastert, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a job and position likely occupied by Nancy Pelosi should the Democrats win, and if the impeachments were to happen, the Office of President would be hers.
Do we really think that she'd want to keep him around if she ascended? Or for that matter do we think he'd want to stay around if she became Madam President?
Even if the Democrats do not pick up the House and or Senate tomorrow... they can still win in the end (ie 2008) if the Republicans keep dinking around in Washington and continue to get so little done.