Here's astounding news: Cheney and "other superiors" authorized Scooter Libby to leak classified intel to support the case for war.
If true, Cheney is gone. Not necessarily even impeached: fired. Resignation accepted. There is no VP.
Now let's strategize a little, shall we? I know this is crazy talk, but let's just play with ideas.
There is no VP. Bush nominates someone else: Rice, Rummy, Dan Quayle, I don't care. But the Senate Democrats filibuster any VP nominee until after the elections in November.
I don't believe we're going to take back the Senate in November, but the House is in play, especially as the Abramoff scandal spreads. If the Republicans still hold a House majority after November, we release the filibuster and let a new VP take office. But if the Dems take back the House in November, they bring articles of impeachment against Bush.
What are the end games there? I see several interesting possibilities:
1. Bush is successfully impeached, because Bush's crime in permitting NSA spying is so clear that even some R Senators defect. In the absence of a Veep, the Speaker of the House becomes President: President Nancy Pelosi.
2. The Republicans refuse to convict Bush under the Articles of Impeachment, but the Dems refuse to allow Bush a new VP, which also means that there is NO "President of the Senate" and no tie-breaking 51st vote in close votes. (Does that also mean that there is no one to activate the "nuclear option"? I'm not sure whether only the President of the Senate, i.e. the VP, can change the rules, or whether Frist can, too.)
3. We offer the Republicans a deal: impeach Bush and we'll let you pick a VP you like. Don't impeach Bush and we'll keep the VP slot open until 2008, when we have another chance at taking back the Senate. If they take it, we've completely eliminated the Bush administration. And even though we've created a new incumbent, with some of the advantages of incumbency, he may turn out to be a Jerry Ford: too tainted with the stench of the prior administration to win re-election.
I'm sure there are plenty of other permutations. I'm also sure that Harry Reid et al. aren't even thinking this way. On the one hand, as I said, this is just crazy talk On the other hand, sometimes we have to think big to accomplish big things: fly to the moon, eliminate smallpox, take back the White House with astoundingly brazen political maneuvering.
Anyway, it's one more reason to keep telling our leaders we want them to start playing hardball for a change.
SUPPLEMENT: Want to take action? Cheney treason Game Plan here.