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You know that the new Congress once seated can begin impeachment proceedings against both Biden and Harris. They can be removed in close tandem (with no new VP confirmed by the Senate). The Speaker becomes President. They'll require access to a ⅔ majority, strong party cohesion and leadership, and the willingness to do it. There are considerations of timing, how quickly to move with investigations, whether to act first on Cabinet members, judges, agency heads.

This could get interesting.

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@jmc464

The same numbers needed to expel members of Congress.

@Andre

Then time for special elections and/or gubernatorial appointments.

@jmc464

And then devolution (or whatever) vanishes quietly beneath the waves?

@Andre

It could to a large extent. If they're not done with the regime, they might drag them well into 2023. The disclosures may continue to be useful and necessary. But eventually, yeah.

@jmc464

You know the scene where the bully grabs the other kid's hand and starts smacking them with it while saying "stop punching yourself"?

I think this is pretty much what we are seeing with the Jan 6 committee and I think this will be the trend going forward.

@Andre @jmc464
So it went from a drama to a comedy in a year and a half!

@Andre

They may let the administration continue to wreck themselves, while they push back legislatively. There's lots of things a solid majority in Congress can do and it might be good for the country to see. Watch the party they sent to DC act in resolute opposition to an oppressive, illegitimate regime, especially with the use of committees and investigations. This situation could carry on thru '23 - nearly a full year of destruction for the administration and the party and their ideology.

@Andre

Return the diamonds. Perhaps it's something more like the closing scene in Marathon Man.

@jmc464

I am not picking those outta Biden's poop!

Let's skip that step and move onto drilling all of their teeth.

@Andre @jmc464
I'm getting to the point where it wouldn't bother me to do that, not after what they've done.
My sympathy for them is minimal. They chose their lifestyle of evil.

@jmc464

With potentially veto-proof votes in Congress happening and with courts destroying the Obama legacy of Executive Fiat, MAGA could accomplish much between 23 and 25 even without the Oval Office in hand.

But the drums of war keep beating and Biden is becoming more reckless. He is doubling down on energy policy, etc.

The amount of damage a Democrat executive could cause in 2 years is still massive and worst case scenarios still abound.

Fingers crossed for something big in '23!

@Andre

I think it will be a combination. Congress begins to act decisively, in some manner, right away. Preparation for impeachment proceedings should begin immediately, if it hasn't already. In the meantime there are steps which can practically paralyze much of the executive branch. The difficulty has always been Congress having the will to do it. I think they might this time.

@jmc464

Definitely a continuum.

Actually, things are going to get so bad for the Democrats, it is not beyond imagination that they'd offer a deal to adjust the line of succession (maybe putting Pompeo in a Cabinet position, for example) so the Republicans can take the Oval Office ahead of '25.

Trump never asked if the Dems would get tired of losing. But they will. And I think it is possible they will be forced to BEG for release from their political obligations in the Executive branch.

@Andre

Biden resigns, Harris becomes President. She nominates as a candidate for VP someone acceptable to the Senate, who is confirmed and sworn in. Kamala then either begins to implement appropriate policy measures as advised by her new VP and in cooperation with Congress (temporarily, as part of this face-saving and smooth transition arrangement), and then resigns for cause, or not and she just resigns straight off. Either way the new VP becomes president.

@jmc464

Yep. With the realm of possibility.

Or the failure cascade could happen suddenly and catastrophically for the Democrats, resulting in a spate of resignations that go down the line of succession. Pelosi (or replacement) declines as does Senate pro tempore Leahy (or replacement). The Oath is administered to an acceptable Cabinet Secretary as a caretaker with explicit agreements to cooperate with Congressional investigations.

Massive reforms are passed just in time for Trump in '24.

@Andre

If Austin is safe, and some think he is, that would work nicely.

@Lori

Isn't it though? I'm not gonna get tired of winning for a very long time! 😁

@jmc464

@jmc464

True story. We were on the approach to Denver International Airport last week when I got a sudden case of the jitters. It wasn't a fear of flying. It was a fear of rerouting to Pittsburgh.

FA friends will understand the reference ( I had the trip from hell going to NYC last week), but now I find I also have a fear of elections. Yesterday, Colorado's worst candidates won their primaries. Going into the midterms, I fear 1) fraud; 2) Dems running as MAGA and 3) RINOS winning. Sigh

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