posted on Sep, 4 2005 @ 02:05 PM
Let's not get ahead of ourselves everybody. The Republicans still control the House of Reps I don't see that changing anytime soon, although they
could lose the senate in 2006 very easily. Bush would have to shoot Ted Kennedy in broad daylight to be impeached at this point, and we all know that
Bush wouldn't do that- he'd have Rumsfeld do it.
Bush is a lame duck but he's not entirely his own man- few presidents are. Look his top cabinet officials. There are his daddy's friends from the
Nixon and Ford administrations (and the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations for that matter). On top of having a party to think about, Bush has his
daddy and his daddy's friends to think about in this. The only way he'll do anything radical to create even more ire is if Karl Rove and whatever
other advisors he trusts believe that the American public will blame senate democrats and vote them out in 2006. I don't think that will happen.
I think he'll keep pushing Thomas or Scalia for the top spot until Roberts is confirmed- if he rushes Roberts in and makes him chief he hasn't got a
bargaining chip when it comes time to nominate the second justice and he'll get stuck with a liberal. After Roberts is in he can try to push some
kind of bargain- a conservative justice for a liberal or moderate chief.
I don't know if it will work, but I think that will be his plan.