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  •  Rummy ain't going anywhere (5+ / 0-)
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    zeroooo, Zanna, mrblifil, vcmvo2, Inland

    Bush cannot have someone sit before the Senate and be questioned about the war and the conduct of it. Rummy's in for the duration.

    klaatu barada nikto

    by JohnGor0 on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:35:55 PM PST

    •  lots of skeleton's in that closet (3+ / 0-)
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      I think you're absolutely right.  bush can't afford to dump rummy.  The only way that bush could do it is appoint someone from the senate who's respected by everyone there.  Maybe warner of VA or Lugar from IN could get away with it (not lieberman, there's no incentive for him to do that and he's of more use to bush in the senate).   mccain could get away with it too, but he's not stupid enough if he wants to run for president.

    •  Here's the dilemma for Bush: (1+ / 0-)
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      a) someone who is currently part of the DOD or WH can't be nominated, because they would have to answer said questions

      b) someone who is outside the admin and could dodge said questions because he is the "new guy" can't be trusted to keep all of Bush and rummy's bodies buried.

      Rummy stays on.  

      It's the proto-fascism

      by Inland on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 06:52:36 PM PST

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      •  at this point (2+ / 0-)
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        JohnGor0, Inland

        I doubt that there's any single person in the GOP leadership who either knows where all the bodies are buried or even knows how to find out.

        Any change in the current situation is liable to cause those bodies to rise from their graves... in front of TV cameras.

        This suggests that they don't even dare try to use Rumsfeld as a sacrificial goat. All it would take to make things much worse for the GOP is one new staffer coming in with the new DOD secretary answering the right question he didn't know he shouldn't have answered.

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        by alizard on Mon Nov 06, 2006 at 07:29:28 PM PST

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    •  Dicey (1+ / 0-)
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      They can go to the Supreme Court all they want to quash subpoenas, but at some point, because they are members of the Executive Branch, they're going to be exposed to Contempt of Congress charges. Congress can make Rummy's life very difficult, even if he entirely withholds his cooperation.

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