In ancient Athens, if a politician became very unpopular, the assembly could vote to send the offender into exile for ten years. The process was called ostracism. An ostracized politician could not answer the charges, because there was no trial. He just had to go.
Ah, for the good old days. Now, you probably can guess where I'm going with this one: If we had ostracism today, whom would you choose?
Okay, I know the one name that all (well, most) of you want to shout out. No fair. Too easy. Pick someone else
. I'm looking for some creative, thought-provoking and not-so-obvious answers.
You also have to keep in mind the likely replacement: Do you want to exchange bad for (potentially) worse?
I'll get you started. Nancy Pelosi. (Considering her home district, her replacement might well be better, and couldn't be worse.) Michele Bachmann. (Blechhh.) Tim Geithner. (Presuming cabinet folk are part of the deal.)