"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
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. "Isn’t she pro-choice?" asked a key Senate Republican aide. Many White House insiders, however, said the Post story and reports that the investigation was coming to a close had officials instead more focused on who would be dragged into the affair and if top aides would be indicted and forced to resign. "Folks on the inside and near inside are holding their breath and wondering what’s next," said a Bush adviser. But, he added, they aren’t focused on the future of the vice president. "Not that, at least not seriously," he said.
Barking Moonbat seems to think that this scenario is quite plausible; however, your humble pundit is not buying into this at all. I do not think such is within the realm of feasibility. Again, I shall take flack for a statement such as this, but methinks this is much ado about nothing. Politics is politics no matter what political party. Republicans are not above playing politics and I think this is what we have before our eyes. With all the Bush Administration is coping with at this point in time, the White House is letting the loose lips divert from some of the items in the news absorbing too much attention.
As Myopic Zeal rhetorically asks, "[d]o conservatives really want Condi? Maybe this is an end run around conservatives."