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I thought Maureen Dowd was the only nutty female NY Times columnist. That till I read this gem from Gail Collins-

Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.


Seriously. We have an economy that's crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush -- who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks -- hasn't got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world's most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.

Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn't impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We're desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she'd defer to her party's incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible, but I'm afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater good.

And what would a Pelosi Presidency accomplish in less than 60 days remaining before Obama takes office? Is the current Congress meeting anymore? If it was, what would get out of it. Remember the Senate is only slightly weighted in favor of the Democrats. The Republicans can filibuster legislation deemed too radical. In January that won't be as easy.

To become President, Pelosi would have to resign from Congress and relinquish her post as Speaker of the House. No problem, she'd get to be caretaker President for 55 days in return.

The irony of what Collins writes, is the reason for this Presidential maneuver. So a female President can do the prescribed work of a male President. Check the part in bold above. She would defer to Obama, rather than be her own President.

Maybe this was Gail Collins attempt at satire. I hope so, if it isn't, she should try obituary writing. Her columnist skills are very lacking.


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Comments (16)

moonbat to dingbat in one e... (Below threshold)

moonbat to dingbat in one easy lesson. Then again, it was a short trip.

Geez. She's no Dave Barry, ... (Below threshold)

Geez. She's no Dave Barry, but do you have to invent outrage by pretending to think she was serious?

Using Collins' logic, a sec... (Below threshold)

Using Collins' logic, a second term President should step aside once elected. After all, isn't he a 'lame duck' at that point? Maybe Ms Collins should review all that Bush accomplished in thwarting the Democrats over the last two years when they thought they'd just walk all over him.

as fantastical a scenario a... (Below threshold)

as fantastical a scenario as it is, she still has a point. any time saved clearing bu$hco out of the white house is a bonus for america

brian - "Geez. She's no... (Below threshold)

brian - "Geez. She's no Dave Barry, but do you have to invent outrage by pretending to think she was serious?"

What makes you thinks she's not serious?

pea[brain]3000 - "any t... (Below threshold)

pea[brain]3000 - "any time saved clearing bu$hco out of the white house is a bonus for america"

Or put another way - any time saved clearing pea[brain]3000 out of Wizbang is a bonus for all sane contributors.

Snark aside pea[brain]3000 specifically what do you believe could possibly be the advantage for America if this were to happen?

the advantage would be havi... (Below threshold)

the advantage would be having some kind of meaningful leadership in the white house at last. seriously, bu$h is no leader. he should never have been elected in the first place, and im saying that having voted for him in 2000

LOL, Pelosi as president! <... (Below threshold)

LOL, Pelosi as president!

Let's see, Bush's current job ratings is in the upper 20% right now, fluctuating over quite some time between the lower 20s and upper 30s.

Pelosi's ratings are the same or worse depending on who's poll you look at. Her last was 25% in favor, 57% against. Hmmm . . . .

This is for polls where they ask the direct question, "How would you rate the job [insert slimmy politician name here] is doing: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"

This with an approval rating of congress 19%! Those democrats have a wrap on fixing things for sure . . . .

LOL, you's better stop smoking that stuff when you post Peabody3K, you type really dumb things when you so.

the only reason congress ha... (Below threshold)

the only reason congress has such a low approval rating is because they havent stopped the bu$h war and all his other f-ups in their tracks

im not a dem and i wont attempt to explain why pelosi is so great. i only say that anything would be better than having the lowly war criminal bu$h in office for even a single moment longer

and if america is really fortunate, we'll see bu$h and his cabal subjected to some extremely harsh but well-deserved justice

The only things she ever wr... (Below threshold)

The only things she ever writes is satire. But then we all know marc wouldn't know what real humor is if it hit him in his concrete block of a head.

im not a dem<p... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

im not a dem

Sure. You just vote for them, cheerlead mindlessly for them, and leave your semiliterate droolings as comments here in support of them. Of course you're not "a dem." The correct term for you is "tool." By the way the "I voted for Bush in 2000" line is a tired lie, lay off it. As soon as Moby suggested the tactic it was old hat.


The left hasn't had meaningful satire, except for unintentional self-parody, for decades now. See your fellow traveller "peabody" for example.

Obama's doing better than expected from a centrist viewpoint since his election, though. As in, he's pissed off a lot of progressives in the last few weeks. At least he recognizes he'll need adults to run the defense department. But he still needs the OJT before he's ready for prime time, and he wouldn't learn anything useful from Pelosi.

If she was indeed serious, ... (Below threshold)

If she was indeed serious, it demonstrates how lacking she is in her knowledge of civics.
Amazing that such people have a podium, but then again, nothing surprises me anymore.

john - why would i need to ... (Below threshold)

john - why would i need to lie about voting for bu$h in 2000? dont be silly. i can admit i was very very wrong to ever have supported him. its strange that the 25% dead-enders like yourself cannot. oh well, the country is done with you. enjoy your irrelevance

The only things she ever... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

The only things she ever writes is satire.

This was painfully clear to most of us while she was Editor of the Editorial Pages at the New York Times, from 2001 through 2006.

Explains a lot, doesn't it?

What issues did you support... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

What issues did you support Bush on in 2000, peabody? Not that I expect an actual answer, since you are a Moby.

As for irrelevance, in case you haven't noticed Obama is pretty much keeping the Bush vision going, at least as far as the economy and the war. Same defense secretary, same tax cuts, and so far the only Democrats he's put in security positions have been moderate hawks. Not a progressive soul in sight.

So I guess you're now unhappy with your vote for Obama, right? Or would that require you to have some actual awareness of the issues. If ignorance truly is bliss, you and your ilk are as happy as a treeful of stoned monkeys on helium, and about as relevant.

It amazes me that the lefti... (Below threshold)

It amazes me that the lefties including the staunch democrat Pea forget how many votes GW received at the end of 2004 to keep on going with his policies. Selective fact picking.

History will most assuredly show GW to be the right man at the right time. ww






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