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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Big Question: Will He Be Able to Run Halliburton from His Jail Cell? 

Right about now things are looking so bleak for the Bush administration that we don't even have to indulge in wild-eyed speculation. Not when U.S. News and World Report is doing it for us:
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.

"It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP."

Said another Bush associate of the rumor, "Yes. This is not good." The rumor spread so fast that some Republicans by late morning were already drawing up reasons why Rice couldn't get the job or run for president in 2008.
(Thanks to our revered colleague Melissa of Shakespeare's Sister for the link.)

UPDATE (via our learned colleague Jeralyn Merritt at Talk Left): The sort of headline that definitely makes us want to read the whole story -- "VR ANALYSIS OF THE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES DEMONSTRATES THAT SENIOR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE FACING THE PROSPECT OF LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE OUTING OF CIA AGENT VALERIE PLAME UNLESS THEY HURRY UP AND TURN ON EACH OTHER."

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