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October 18, 2005

Cheney Rumors a Smokescreen?


There’s been a flurry of excitement in the blogosphere about rumors that Dick Cheney might resign. Before you overbuy champagne (and popcorn), a word of caution is in order, and Tim Grieve at Salon has one for you:

As stories pushing the Plame investigation higher up the chain of command swirl about — Cheney’s face is on CNN right now — perhaps it would be wise to remember this. The Bush White House is full of masterful spinners, and they’re good at playing the expectations game. Maybe they’re really concerned that Cheney will be indicted or at least implicated in Plame’s outing. But maybe they know that, if they get enough people thinking that Cheney may face charges, the indictment of a Karl Rove or a Scooter Libby might suddenly come off as no big thing.


  1. On one hand, I have fairly conservative estimates about what is going to go down in the next week or two.

    On the other, what will go down, will go towards a thesis that key members of the Bush administration conspired to retaliate against Joe Wilson using his wife as their target.

    And some of them will be charged.

    That would be the champagne and popcorn moment. N’est-ce pas?

    —AltHippo • 12:25 am, October 19

  2. Of course. I’m merely trying to keep my expectations under control so that I can be pleasantly surprised rather than disappointed when the time comes. If Cheney actually does resign, I’ll just have to run out for extra champagne.

    I wasn’t criticizing your post in any way. The link was more or less gratuitous intrablog trackbacking.

    The real buzzkill is the possibility of Bush getting rid of Fitzgerald or, as StealthBadger expects, pardoning his whole administration as Kentucky’s Gov. Fletcher did a few weeks back. But after the reaction to the Miers nomination I’m less confident he’d be able to pull either one off without triggering a complete meltdown.

    Keith12:45 am, October 19

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