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Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Gaming the Endgame: The Stevens Solution

We may at long last be finally seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

It is possible that the grand jury investigating the Plamegate mess may be about to issue indictments in the case. It is quite possible indeed that Peter Fitzgerald's carefully aimed missile lobbed right at the heart of the Bushies' precariously stacked house of cards may bring said house of cards down upon the shifting sands of fortune on which it stands.

The game may be up for Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rummy, Condi, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the criminal cabal squatting in the halls of power.

The malignant fascist cancer that is the Republican Party of today may be about to implode. The only question now is this: what will replace their rapidly-crumbling facade?

The answer is really simple: a caretaker government until we can have another election to sort out this whole mess and get our country back on track.

Here's how I see it playing out (in the best of circumstances):

Rove gets indicted, is tried, and goes to prison. Cheney sees the handwriting on the wall and either up and quits or gets indicted before he can cut and run. Without his brain to tell him what to think and without the puppetmaster pulling his strings, Bush implodes, perhaps even on national television.

He's either forced to resign or he's impeached by the House, convicted by the Senate, and then is dragged out of the White House in handcuffs, along with the rest of his criminal cabal.

The rest of their minions flee prosecution and/or jump the gun.

We then have a dangerous situation. Seeing that Bush and his house of cards are both about to implode, cooler heads in both parties realize that, for the good of the country, it's time to step in and take over. The Democrats because they know this may be the only way to show the country that desperate times call for desperate measures and the Republicans because they want to save what's left of their party before it's dragged down with Bush will both realize that it's long past time to be responsible and do what's right for the country.

Now that both Bush and Cheney are gone, who gets to be president?

House Speaker Dennis Hastert is a no-go. He's in too deep with the Bushies from the get-go. He should be forced to resign and should be frog-marched in handcuffs and leg restraints along with the Bushies and their ilk to face justice for their many crimes. That leaves the President pro tem of the Senate to step in and mind the store until another election is held, unless Bush appoints a successor to Cheney (which I do not want to see happen) who'll save his bacon by pardoning him after he's forced out. I would hope the Republicans in congress would see such a move by Bush as the last, desperate attempt of a pathetic worm of a man to wiggle his way out of facing the consequences of his actions. I would hope they would reject such a move by Bush without even giving him the fig-leaf of a vote on the matter.

If Dennis Hastert is out, that means that my senator, Ted "Teddy Warbucks" Stevens gets to be caretaker president under this scenario.

Let me tell you a little bit about him and why I think this would be the best possible scenario for the country. Ted Stevens, despite being probably borderline senile and cursed with an ethically-challenged son, does actually, genuinely care about this country in his heart of hearts.

If he felt it was the right thing to do for the country (and to save his beloved Republican Party), he'd be honored and humbled to step in as caretaker president for the duration.

This is a good thing, because he won't have any real power behind him. He'll just be an amiable caretaker president until we can have a real election. With the Republican Party imploded, Stevens might very well end up as being the last Republican president this sorry excuse for a country will be saddled with.

He'll have to give up his cushy Senate seat to do this. Despite his gruff exterior, Ted Stevens actually has some vestigial sense of honor and integrity.

The real power for the duration of this crisis will be held by a consortium of Democratic representatives and senators allied with the few remaining moderate Republicans in congress to steer our country through this minefield it is in.

Then, in the end, Ted Stevens gets to preside over the demise of the Republican Party in America and he becomes as relevant as yesterday's news, riding off into the sunset at the end of the three years (or two, as the case may be).

Once he's out of the senate, we'll run a good candidate and win that seat for the Democrats, putting a Democrat back in that seat for a change.

We get our country back, Ted Stevens gets to cap off his career as a caretaker president, and hopefully the Republican Party will die with him long before he leaves the building.

That's my dream, and I am sticking to it.

Sunday, October 16, 2005


An Evening With The DNC (Or One of Them, At Least): Mike Honda (D-CA) Makes the Trek North

I and a bunch of other Democrats here got a special treat yesterday.

Congressman Mike Honda, (D-CA 15th District) paid us a visit this past weekend.

He's the First Vice Chair of the DNC and this past weekend was the Alaska Democratic Party Central Committee meeting, held here in Fairbanks.

So, as part of his duties, he came up here to meet with us and see how Democrats are doing in the Last Frontier.

We had a banquet in his honor down at the Best Western hotel on South Cushman yesterday. It cost $35 to get in, but it was well worth it.

I got there at around 6:15 (the evening was scheduled to start at 6:30) and met up with a friend of mine whom I had realized was coming to this event. Andy is originally from Minneapolis, but moved up here about a decade ago to help keep ANWR out of th oil companies' greedy hands. He'd just gotten off the plane a few days ago after spending two weeks in D.C. lobbying for the Refuge.

We wandered around the lobby for a minute or two before he asked one of the employees where the dinner was to be held. We were told it was upstairs, and after a couple blind leads, we found the room.

Paul, another one of our mutual friends (who is a Japanese-American from Hawaii) and fellow Esterite, was sitting over at a corner table. We migrated over to his table and sat down. We spent a few minutes hobnobbing together before the guest of honor came in. The room was beginning to fill up by then (even though it was still early) and when I called out his name, the congressman came over to our table. He shook our hands and we welcomed him to Fairbanks.

A couple other friends and fellow Esterites, Ed Davis and Sean McGuire, showed up a few minutes later, and we all gathered around the table to talk politics.

We were all happy about the local election results from the October 4th election. The food was being laid out on the table, and after it got past seven or so, people started lining up to eat.

Andy and I got in line early and each had a generous helping of the rice, mashed potatoes, and I had a large cut of the roast beef along with my halibut (and salad in a separate dish!).

Everbody lined up to eat, and the line led right past our table. One of our gubenatorial hopefuls, Eric Croft (a legislator from Anchorage) and the chair of the Alaska Democratic Party remarked as we were eating our dinner to "go ahead and start without us" to which I replied that we'd been waiting for dinner for a while. They laughed at that one.

Finally, everyone sat down and started eating. The festivities were supposed to begin at 7, but by 7:30, everyone was still in dinner mode. Andy and I enjoyed our meals so much that we went back for seconds on the rice, halibut, potatoes, and roast beef after everyone had eaten their fill.

Finally, the food was eaten, everyone was sated, and it was time for speechifying.

The new chair of the Interior Democrats, David Bantz, along with the vice-chair, was introduced. He then introduced our state party chair, Jake Metcalfe, who spoke for a few minutes about our local election results, building the party from the ground up, and stuff like that. Jake then allowed Eric Croft a few minutes to talk about his campaign and then he introduced our DNC national committeeman, John Davies (who is my former state representative), who then introduced Congressman Honda.

Finally, Congressman Honda got up to speak.

He talked about our party-building efforts here as being part of the 50-state strategy that Governor Dean is implementing across the country. He remarked that our party here is very strong, vibrant, and going places, just like the state parties he's seen in Washington, Hawaii (he nodded to and exchanged a few words of Japanese with Paul at our table), and other Western states.

Finally, he concluded his remarks with a plea for us to do our part to get rid of Don Young. He reminded us that if we can elect more Democrats to Congress next year, we can and will take the House back. If we do so, we can start asking the questions that need to be asked. That got a round of applause, as did many of his other comments.

Then it was time for dessert and more politicking.

It was a fun evening and one which I hope will lead to a refreshed, vibrant Alaska Democratic Party next year.

On to '06 and then '08!

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