I have a great idea. As Obama takes office, the Democrats should begin to demand the Obama Administration investigate all aspects of Bush and his corrupt administration for all sorts of potential criminal violations. They should conduct a few hearings on topics such as torture, no-bid Halliburton contracts, kickbacks and war profiteering, and illegal spying on American citizens.
As the Republicans get all whiny and embarrassed, Obama should "do the right thing" and officially pardon Bush (and Cheney) in a primetime speech to the nation, a la Gerald Ford pardoning Nixon. There's no rule that says someone must be indicted before the President can pardon him. Obama should pardon Bush for all (federal) crimes, known and unknown, which Bush committed against the United States of America during his 8 years in office. This will accomplish three things. First, forever brand Bush as a criminal. Second, it will do this without actually having to investigate the Bush Administration - something we all know the Democrats lack the balls to do. Third, it will make Obama look like a mature, resonable man who sincerely wants to move forward and put partisanship and Bush-hatred behind us. Could there possibly be a greater, more effective political ploy than Obama taking the initiative to pardon Bush? I did a quick Google search and it seems a few others have had this idea cross their minds, too.
Best of all, what could Bush and the Republicans possibly say other than "thank you, President Obama"? They'd be accused and forgiven at the same time, with one stroke of a pen. And it's not like Bush is ever actually going to be prosecuted anyway. Ditto for Cheney. So why not officially put the lawlessness of the Bush years behind us with Obama giving Bush a universal Presidentail Pardon? Help the country move on, but the Bush nightmare in our past, and what could be more "Jesus-like" than forgiving your enemy of the crimes he committed? Seriously, how could the right-wing Christians possibly complain with a straight face? Yeah they'd find a way, but still, most people would see Obama as the one doing the right thing, a kind, compassionate act. It should be one of the first things he does when he takes office. Checkmate!