Just When You Thought The Times’ Op-Ed Pages Couldn’t Get Moonbattier..

Gail Collins tries to out-mo Mo Dowd: Time For Him To Go

Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.

I could probably stop there and let the Derangement wash over us.

Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.

Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible, but I’m afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater good.

Can I see a show of hands? How many people want George W. out and Barack in?

Can I see a show of hand from those who understand why the Grey Lady’s stock and subscriber base is in the prison yard port-a-potty? 

And the barking continues for many more paragraphs. Well, the entire op-ed, to be precise. There used to be a time when people wrote stories and op-ed’s like this mostly for attention. Look at Andrew Sullivan and Kathleen Parker. That’s the way it starts out. “Look at me Mom. Mom! Mom! Hey, Mom! Look at me Mom!” They want to appear Oh So Brave. But, in reality, they actually believe this tripe, which would probably have gotten them a pleasant stay in a padded room with a pretty white jacket with really long arms 50 years ago.

Captain Ed: More importantly, no one voted for Pelosi to be president. The succession act Collins references exists to ensure continuity in case of disaster, not on the whim of a constipated New York Times columnist whose need for instant gratification apparently outweighs the rest of her cerebral processes. 

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