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It has long been postulated that Bush will pardon Cheney and resign, Cheney will pardon Bush and resign...and the whole lot will avoid prosecution. One might think that is clear evidence that Bush's alleged Christian beliefs do not extend into an afterlife that includes judgment.

In the meantime for the rest of us, perhaps this is the second baby step away from the slide into fascism--perhaps a badly abused word. Yet we still sit in a country where one raving lunatic can start a war with Iraq or another "target of opportunity."

We can hope the retreat from madness will continue, perhaps with Karl Rove in the box next. But it will not be easy. As Cheney feels more desperate, he will become more dangerous.

Leaving him to run loose, however, is quite a bit more dangerous for us all.