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That night, Fox News commentators were in frenzy. Glazing over the fact that the
Republican Governors had also ignored President Scall‘s plan of replacement, the
commentators excoriated the Democrats, accusing them of playing games in a time of
national crisis. The government had to be restored, they said, and only a vote on Matt
Suba, up or down, immediately would restore order from the chaos. The tea-baggers
were outraged, and the next morning, on January 25, 2013, all hell broke loose. Citizens
drove to Washington. Republican think tank organizations bused in people from all over
the country to demonstrate in front of the Senate.
The new Democratic Majority Leader from Pennsylvania was in a tight spot. She
was in a state which used to lean Democratic, but which started to migrate to the
Republicans in the last election. Her state was almost evenly split, and so she had to
make sure she kept all of the electorate happy. On January 25, 2013, her exhausted staff
advised her that the calls were coming in 20 to 1 in favor of giving an immediate vote to
Matt Suba. Most of the calls involved people cussing or screaming. Her staff said they
had never heard anything quite like that. However, the other members of her Party were
insistent. Do not schedule a vote for this man. We do not even know who he is yet. He
has not been vetted. He could be Charles Manson for all they knew. They had to have
time to investigate Suba. The Democratic Majority Leader held on until Sunday, January
27, 2013, when she was ambushed with a pile-on during Meet the Press. Even David
Gregory, always known for his even-handedness, seemed testier than usual with his
questions. Her pollster told her that night that her favorability ratings were plummeting.
She could not stand the heat anymore. On Monday, January 28, 2013, the Majority
Leader announced that debate would begin on the Suba appointment, with a vote
scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2013. The House announced a similar schedule, with
their vote to occur on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Journalists from around the country
went in to hyperdrive over the next four days, interviewing everyone they could from
South Carolina who had ever met Matt Suba, the country‘s proposed Vice President.
Meanwhile, FBI agents had spent the last week combing over every inch of the
homes of Hector Santiago and John Morse. The lab technicians analyzed the small gray
clay material found in Santiago‘s sink. It was C-4 explosive all right, and it matched the
RDX stolen from the Alexandria, Virginia chemical plant, as well as remnants of the
explosive found at the church. The apartment also had paint and brushes. The FBI
Agents noticed that the color brown was in short supply. Photos taken of the church
before the blast showed the statue of St. Anthony wearing a brown monk‘s robe. Under
the mattress, they found a Qur‘an, which was obviously inconsistent with someone
claiming to be a devout Catholic. Analysis of Santiago‘s background uncovered that he
had entered the country illegally. Agents traveled to Mexico and spoke with friends who
had known him years ago. Unfortunately, however, Santiago had not cracked in any of
the interviews, and just kept saying he was not saying anything. FBI investigators,
however, were encouraged by the fact that he had yet to ask for an attorney, despite being
given his Miranda rights. The Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the case said he
thought the case against Santiago was pretty thin. Santiago could say he picked up the
remnants of the explosive cleaning the church. It was questionable whether the lies about
his religion would come into evidence. He asked the investigators to dig for more.