First the Atlantic Monthly runs this story about Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld’s role in a Reagan era cold war plan to install a puppet government, without the Congress or any elected official, should the president and vice-president die in a nuclear attack, and now I keep finding these stories about how Republicans are planning to stall this November’s election in case of a terrorist act. This isn’t some tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theory, the story was carried by the BBC, CNN, and Reuters, all referencing a Newsweek article published this week. And who’s in charge of it? DeForest Soaries Jr., a Baptist minister appointed by George Bush as chairman of the Election Assistance Commission to oversee elections in the wake of the 2000 presidential debacle. The Republic of Gilead draws nearer and nearer every day.