Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP."
But here's the best part:
Said another Bush associate of the rumor, "Yes. This is not good." The rumor spread so fast that some Republicans by late morning were already drawing up reasons why Rice couldn't get the job or run for president in 2008.
"Isn't she pro-choice?" asked a key Senate Republican aide.
You mean she couldn't get the job if she was pro-choice? Wow, that almost sounds like a litmus test, but we all know the GOP would never stoop to the level of a litmus test. Just ask them.
Oh, sorry, that was just for the Supreme Court. Apparently, when it comes to litmus tests, it's all a matter of context, isn't it?