OF PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS - "Three More Years! Three More Years!"


By Tony Russell

"…the member of Parliament maintained a confident air of satisfaction, which was why politicians were assassinated, Blair thought, because nothing else would faze them."

- from Martin Cruz Smith's novel Rose

"Hello, this is Mr. Insider. How may I help you?

"Mr. Insider, a bunch of us here in the office were talking about impeachment, and we're stumped. You know Washington from the inside out. We're hoping you can help us."

"I'll do my best to justify your confidence. What's your question?"

"Well, actually, it's not just one question. We've got several questions."

"Okay, let's just take them one at a time. From the top."

"That's easy. The first one that's on everybody's mind is 'What's keeping George Bush from being impeached?'"

"What do your friends in the office think?"

"They think Republicans will never let it happen as long as they control both houses of Congress."

[Mr. Insider bursts into a huge belly laugh. Finally, gasping and wheezing from the effort, he brings it to a stop.] That's what they think? [Can't help himself, and breaks into laughter again.] Listen, Republicans are desperate to dump him! They'd throw Bush out in a minute if they could. Every Republican politician in the country is panicked. They're afraid—with good reason—that voters will blame them for the mess the country is in. They're all scared spitless that come election day the public will toss them over the side of a bridge like a sack of unwanted kittens weighed down with a stone." ... Read more at readtonyrussell.blogspot.com

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