Dick Cheney's Unlikely Successor

Bloomberg is reporting today that Patrick Fitzgerald could be looking at Vice President Cheney as one of the conspirators in the Plame leak investigation. Word has it that Fitzgerald interviewed several of Cheney's advisors outside of Scooter Libby, including Catherine Martin and Jennifer Millerwise about how Cheney might have been involved.

So let's game it out.

Cheney is indicted on, say, conspiracy charges. He resigns to collect his Halliburton stock options which are now worth millions.

President Bush, in his usual nearsighted process for filling vacancies -- and without the help of Karl Rove -- chooses his dog Miss Beazley to be the new vice president. Bush likes his dogs Barney and Miss Beazley so much that last year he employed Andrew Card, Karl Rove, and Alberto Gonzales to participate in this wacky White House Christmas video in which Barney is instructed by top White House aides including the president about how to care for Miss Beazley.

In 2006 the Democrats reclaim Congress (that is if Diebold, Triad, and ES&S are neutralized), they choose to impeach the president on a wide array of charges. Bush resigns or is convicted on those charges and leaves office.

The result? President Miss Beazley.

As outlandish as it sounds, given the track record of the non-reality-based White House, it's not all that far fetched (pun not intended).