Skip to comments.Dump Cheney for Condi, Bush urged
Posted on 04/23/2006 9:18:06 AM PDT by Dr. Marten
They believe that only the sacrifice of one or more of the big beasts of the jungle, such as Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, will convince voters that Bush understands the need for a fresh start.
Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard magazine and author of Rebel in Chief, a sympathetic new biography of Bush, said: There are going to have to be sweeping personnel changes if people are going to take a second look at the Bush presidency.
Barnes, who is close to the White House, said he believed Cheney would be willing to stand down in order to help Bush. Its unlike Bush to dump somebody whom he likes and respects, he cautioned. But the president needs to do something shocking and dramatic such as putting in Condoleezza Rice.
Cheney appeared to have beeen caught napping during a visit to the Oval Office by Chinas president, Hu Jintao, on Friday, although he claimed he had been looking down at his notes. It has often been said that he would cite medical reasons should he ever resign.
The best scenario, Barnes added, would be for Bush to announce that Dick Cheney will be around as an outside adviser and I can call him on the phone, but Id like to anoint somebody who I think will be the next leader of the United States.
Tom Edmonds, a leading Republican consultant, said the White House had failed to grasp that the party was in desperate straits. I have never talked to so many disenchanted Republicans, he said. The president even stonewalled the minor changes he made by talking about how he was really perfectly happy with his team. He didnt even give himself wiggle room.
One Republican strategist, who did not want to be named, said: If I were Bush I would think of changing Cheney. It is one of the few substantial things he can do to change the complexion of his administration. The rest is nibbling around the edges.
Bushs new chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, quickly put his stamp on the inner workings of the White House last week by stripping Karl Rove, Bushs most powerful adviser, of his policy-making role and ordering him to concentrate on his forte: winning elections.
Bolten also obtained the resignation of the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, who was nicknamed Piggy in a recent Vanity Fair article because of his resemblance to the hapless victim of the feral boys in Lord of the Flies.
Tony Snow, a Fox News broadcaster who is favoured to replace McClellan, has previously described the Bush administration as listless and in dire need of change.
But a new communicator cannot reinvent an old team. Edmonds believes Rumsfeld should go. The president is loyal to a fault, he said. His loyalty shouldnt be to Rumsfeld but to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. We need a new, strong face on the war, such as Senator John McCain or Joe Lieberman (the pro-war Democrat senator).
Bob Schieffer, a CBS news television presenter, said Bush may yet drop Rumsfeld despite his strong declaration of support. It was also this president who said, Brownie, youre doing a heck of a job and that was just before Brownie got canned, Schieffer said, referring to Michael Brown, who directed the Federal Emergency Management Agencys much-criticised response to Hurricane Katrina.
John Snow, the Treasury secretary, has been left twisting in the wind while replacements for him are openly discussed, and Rob Portman has been brought in to replace Bolten as budget director. Suggestions that Harriet Miers, Bushs White House counsel who was dropped as his supreme court nominee, would be next to go were denied last week.
Supporters say Bush should live up to his bold claim that he is the decider made while rejecting recent calls for Rumsfelds resignation from half a dozen senior generals and start firing senior people rather than backroom staff.
If the Democrats win either the House of Representatives or the Senate it will be death and torment. It will be horrible for Bush, said Barnes. A Democrat win could lead to moves to impeach Bush for leading the country to war on allegedly false pretences, or at the very least, to bog down the presidents legislative programme until he leaves office in 2008.
Rove has been privately warning party activists to expect some losses in the mid-term elections. One insider said: Ive heard him say at several party gatherings that the president wasnt supposed to win in 2000, but he did. Weve increased our margins of victory time and again. We cant just keep winning on top of winning so were bound to slip back, but were still doing better than you would historically expect.
Only one two-term victor has been more unpopular than Bush at a similar six-year stage in his presidency Richard Nixon in the months before he was impeached.
The woman who yelled at the Chinese President was protesting their government's practice of imprisoning people who practice religion or who state unpopular political ideas. Such actions by a government are immoral not because they're different from our own, but because they're inherently evil.
This woman did something moral and courageous in protesting the way she did and I distrust the judgment of people who condemn her or who lament that the Chinese government will be embarrassed by it.
"The vice president is an elected official of the USA. It is not like firing a cabinet member."
"So if Cheney did go, who would move in succession..Hastert?"
Unlike presidental succession, the replacement VP is nominated by the President and confirmed by Both the Senate and House.
Don't you know nothing???..Nixon was impeached..the allies fought against the Russians in WWII..the US beat Canada in the Spanish-American war..Washington won the Civil War..I could go on..but history is my favorite subject..
Why was it courageous? She was safe in America rather than China when she did it. Moral is a toss-up if it is true that she got into the ceremony using questionable press credentials. And if I seriously tell someone "their days are numbered" - it could be taken as a threat. All that said, I can appreciate that she had something to say - just not the way she chose to deliver them. What bothers me is that it took the SS THREE MINUTES to get to her.
Did you see this crap?
Oh yes I have posted several bits on the thread
Don't worry, I won't forget, but thanks for the reminder.
On my way there. I want to smack these alleged "Republicans", I just wish VP Cheney would change his mind and RUN!
[Why was it courageous? She was safe in America rather than China when she did it.]
She is being legally prosecuted for her protest as she probably suspected would happen.
Risking prosecution to protest genuine oppression is a virtue.
"You can't replace Cheney with Condie. Condi's Secutary of State.
You can only replace a vice president with the speaker of the house."
While it is true that the Speaker of the House is 2nd in line in presidential succession, the Speaker of the House does not succeeded to the Vice-Presidency if the VP's office becomes vacant. Under the 25th amendment, if the Vice-Presidency becomes vacant the President nominates a new VP who is subject to confirmation from both the House and Senate. The 25th amendment is the amendment that gave us President Ford.
Where are the US torture camps for political prisoners who dared to disagree with Dubya, as there are for Falun Gong? You're still walking around free, I notice :-)
If ANYBODY huge is forced to resign, the MSM, the Dems and the Al Qaeda will view it as an act of weakness and it will be like a remake of JAWS.
..to the President: get real on immigration, stay the course in the WoT and tell the press to go fish--or go hunting with Cheney...
It's not the NY Times. (but if you'd clicked the link you might have realized that)
awwwww why thank you, humble appreciation!
Last time I looked, the publisher of The Times was an American. So Britain may just be the place the trial balloon is launched.