Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.
Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.
Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.
As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible, but I’m afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater good.
And what would a Pelosi Presidency accomplish in less than 60 days remaining before Obama takes office? Is the current Congress meeting anymore? If it was, what would get out of it. Remember the Senate is only slightly weighted in favor of the Democrats. The Republicans can filibuster legislation deemed too radical. In January that won’t be as easy.
To become President, Pelosi would have to resign from Congress and relinquish her post as Speaker of the House. No problem, she’d get to be caretaker President for 55 days in return.
The irony of what Collins writes, is the reason for this Presidential maneuver. So a female President can do the prescribed work of a male President. Check the part in bold above. She would defer to Obama, rather than be her own President.
Maybe this was Gail Collins attempt at satire. I hope so, if it isn’t, she should try obituary writing. Her columnist skills are very lacking.