Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Pulling our Cheney?

Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Link to US News and World Report article

Pat: He gone!

Tim: He's not leaving, Pat. He won't leave. That's ridiculous. You think they rode out all those scandals just to leave now, now that a scandal that most Americans can't begin to understand might implicate him? All he has to do is just say, "I am innocent of all wrongdoing" and go on with his business. This is just Washington overexcitement. Some staffer goes, "Oh, I bet Cheney might think about resigning!" Next goes, "Oh, I bet Cheney's going to resign on this! Then it becomes "Oh, Cheney's gonna resign! And Bush will too, and we'll all be happy forever!"

Pat: Hey, the investigation is now centered on him. He was the one with the CIA feud, the one who was "leaning on" the CIA for Iraq info. He was the one. And, surprise, surprise, he's the one who ordered the leak.

Tim: Either nothing will come of this or Libby'll take the fall. That's the way the White House operates. Cheney will get through unscathed. And if he doesn't, we'll have Condi as VP, and that would be a drastic enough change that the scandal-talk will be settled. But it's important to remember that the investigation is ongoing. Nothing might come of this.

Pat: Yeah, and that "nothing" is getting laser-focused on Cheney's office.

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