Tuesday, November 07, 2006

An Epiphany

It's election day, in case you didn't notice. Of course, with all the political ads coming from every conceivable media source, including what passes for news media in this country, I can't help thinking about what's to come in the next two years. Puzzling along about that and a myriad other things the other day, I had something of an epiphany. Follow me here, I think you'll like it, whether or not it's realistic.

In January, 2009, lame duck President George W. Bush will grant pardons to Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. A tidal wave of confusion will wash over the country as the media digs into just what they're being pardoned for. The data won't be available, though; the documents describing the crimes for which they are accused, and were secretly convicted of, will be sealed by none other than Chief Justice John Roberts. Since Justice Roberts is young (he turns 54 in January, 2009), his term on the bench and his seal on the documents is expected to last for years; long after the rest of the country has ceased to care what happened during Bush's last years as President.

This may all sound preposterous, and all you law-mongers out there may rail about how this can't happen because of this or that. To that I respond, yes, it does sound preposterous, but you just wait and see. It's about as likely as President Bush getting assassinated, and they made a movie about that.

[Update: The day after I posted this, Secretary Rumsfeld resigned his post at the White House. Coincidence? I think not!]

[Update: Today, August 13, 2007, Karl Rove resigned his post at the White House. Unfortunately, it's probably so he can go lead the campaign for the next GOP front-runner. Or kill doves. Hard to say which.]

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