February 14, 2008

No Emperor Bush

Remember fears that Bush would somehow suspend the elections in November and somehow remain president past his two terms?

Sitting here today, reading the news, I can’t imagine that he’d want to remain president. A mess in Iraq, the economy tanking, his popularity in the toilet, everyone more interested in what the candidates are doing… I think Bush is going to celebrate his departure as much as we are.

He’d probably leave now if Cheney would let him.

Posted by James at February 14, 2008 10:23 AM
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Well, maybe Cheney will mistake Bush for a duck, shoot him in the face, take over the presidency, and suspend the election.

Posted by: Julie at February 14, 2008 10:35 AM

I never bought into those fears. Maybe if Sept 11th had just happened and he was at his 99.9% approval rating he might have considered it, but I don't think even Bush/Cheney/Rove are that stupid.

Posted by: David Grenier at February 14, 2008 11:53 AM

Remember fears that Bush would somehow suspend the elections in November and somehow remain president past his two terms?

Um, no. I haven't heard about this. Was it a widely-expressed sentiment? Suspension of elections would not be tolerated. This country is full of people who, over the past 7 years, have allowed themselves to be cowed by the fear mongers in Washington, but suspending elections would be one step too far.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 15, 2008 8:35 AM

Once in a while I heard people express this fear, but not in a really serious way.

I just thought it seemed completely unimaginable now, even in jest.

Posted by: James at February 15, 2008 9:27 AM

Yes, I heard many people say things like this, with varying levels of sincerity, from light sarcasm to genuine fear (I admit I know a few conspiracy enthusiasts and tinfoil hat collectors).

Posted by: Julie at February 15, 2008 9:54 AM

Certainly people expressed this fear to me, maybe as a joke, but it was a joke similar to the "great lakes are on fire" joke -- not that far from reality.

I'm not a manipulative person, but I can see us being manipulated. It would happen the same way the Holocaust happened -- incrementally -- and then tens of thousands of people are being exterminated and it's just the status quo.

And I think that's how the "joke" came about, people saw those incremental changes happening -- the civil liberties bleeding away, the fear mongering, the executive branch taking over the judicial branch and the congress doing whatever distasteful thing their "commander in chief" told them to do. Republicans toe the line.

Posted by: Maggie at February 15, 2008 10:52 AM

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