The Theft of Hope, Part II: Meet The New Boss
On the 4th of November of this year, a Democrat won the 2008 Presidential Election.
It was a hard-fought campaign stretching over the better part of two or three years, with all of the prerequisite wailing and gnashing of teeth...but in the end, there was little doubt who the clear victor would be.
All over the world, a euphoric global community celebrated the dawn of a new era of Hope and Change that promised to wrap the world in its warm, fuzzy, patchouli-scented embrace.
And you know what the best part of all this is?
Those who helped her do it are only just now starting to catch on.
What...Why the confused look all of a sudden?
Oh, right. You thought I was talking about Barack Obama, didn't you?
Well, if it's any consolation, so does he.
Looking at things the way they have developed thus far, with his cabinet picks increasingly being populated by her and Slick's old buddies - and now, apparently, by the Lady herself - I suppose there's really only one position left to fill.
Take it away, 'Hawk.
...Okay, so that was a joke.
In which case, I would make one more observation.
The Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (U.S. Code title 3.19, as noted here in the Cornell University Law Library), which delineates who shall fill the First Shoes should their current occupant be rendered unable to continue, sets the first line of succession as follows:
The Speaker of the House
The Senate President pro-tempore, as chosen by the Senate
If none of those three figures are able to step up, we go to the next stage of succession, which consists of the various Cabinet Secretaries.
First on that list?
You guessed it...Secretary of State.
So, if things proceed apace, here's the short list:
1) President Barack Obama
2) Vice-President Joe Biden
3) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
4) SPPT Robert Byrd (if I'm wrong on this, do not hesitate to correct me)
5) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Many moons ago, I once joked to the wife that if Hillary got the nod for Barry's VP pick, I gave him about six months in office before she finally got tired of waiting for Nature to take its course.
The first two noted above won't take long. Barry's still too busy paving the road to notice the truck coming, and Joe...well, actually, we haven't heard much of anything from him lately, have we?
The Pineapple Princess might be a tougher nut to crack. (Ever seen what happens when you put two queen bees in the same hive?)
As for Byrd, a stiff breeze should do the trick.
No, I am NOT saying that all these dominoes will necessary start falling all at once, nor am I advocating that they should start falling at all.
On the contrary...I'm praying to God that they don't.
Care to join me..."winners"?