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Gonzales resigns...

It is being reported (link) this morning that embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, President Bush’s most ardent supporter and winner of the G. Gordon Liddy award for blatant ignorance under fire, finally, after months and months of ridiculous testimony, has resigned.

Like Michael Vick, he professed his innocence regardless of the testimony against him. He misled Congress more times than not. However, the difference between Michael Vick and Gonzales is that Bush isn't going to pardon Vick when he enters the federal penal system. Gonzales, alas, with all of the lies and his misspoken testimony, will not see prison time for his purgerous actions.

Gonzales really should have taken a page (no pun intended... okay maybe there is a little one) from Mark Foley's book and resigned when scandal after scandal unfolded painting a picture of lapdog for the Administration, rather than the nation's top cop. He should have, but didn't.

Let's face it; Gonzales should never have been nominated, let alone approved. The rubber-stamp committees should have stopped him before the vote. But that was a different time then.

He never took the position and its importance seriously enough. He figured that as long as he was with, what he thought was, the winning team; all things were fair game and would work out in the end. How much more wrong could he be?

Enjoy your pension, Mr. Gonzales. Enjoy.

Posted by john trevisani at August 27, 2007 9:38 AM
Comment #230791

Chess pieces on the republican side of the board are rapidly falling. One has to wonder what is the true motivation behind this executive dismantling. Is the republican party waking up to reality and attempting damage control by removing these eyesores? Or are they hoping to simply implant another less obvious Bush lackey while they still have that opportunity?

I just realized that my initial thoughts on this matter show a high level of mistrust. What will it take and how long will it be before we citizens can once again place any serious trust in the republican party? For that matter any serious trust in government, period. I think this small epiphany speaks volumes about the state of our government.

Posted by: RickIL at August 27, 2007 11:01 AM
Comment #230793

The Administration is clearing the board in preparation for the Surgekrieg next month.

Posted by: jlw at August 27, 2007 11:05 AM
Comment #230794

Notice he is only resigning because the mean old Dems are being so mean to him. Meany,meany,meany!

Posted by: BillS at August 27, 2007 11:06 AM
Comment #230796

Gonzales did nothing wrong. The POTUS can fire any or all of the USA’s for any reason or no reason at all.

I just wanted to be the first to say that on this thread. Now I hope I can find my Listerine.

Posted by: KansasDem at August 27, 2007 11:17 AM
Comment #230798

He is certainly resigning as a result of the pressure but, it would be a mistake to believe that a great deal of thought and discussion had not been logged by the administration concerning the timing of the resignation. The President is against the ropes and, if America begins pulling out of Iraq prior to his departure, it will mean that not a shred of his Iraq policy will have proven successful. It is terribly important now for what remains of his legacy to make certain that his admin has nothing to do with any pullout. This being the case - once the pullout does begin, the opposition can take the historical blame for the inevitable problems that will remain. Alberto’s departure is another “bone” thrown to the opposition in hopes that this reconciliation will buy 17 more months of his stagnant, failed policy.

Posted by: Scott at August 27, 2007 11:27 AM
Comment #230803

Alberto Gonzales has turned our justice department in to another corrupt branch of the republican party, his job is done there. Now he is free to move on and spread more hate for our country and government. Just one more traitor from the bush crime family preparing for the next phase of their master plan. Like rove this scum bag has dedicated his life to their evil cause. They hate our freedom!!!!!

In the days to come the bush crime family will become relentless and focused on completing their task of raiding the treasury department and destroying what little freedom we have left, all for the corporations that own their souls. I hope we can salvage something from what little we have left of our country. 2008 can not come soon enough!!!!!!! I hope we can keep dark side dick from entering Iran. They still have time left in their rein of terror; many more will die for their evil cause. There will be a blood stain on our countries history for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Outraged at August 27, 2007 12:09 PM
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Posted by: tricky dick at August 27, 2007 12:10 PM
Comment #230805

Scott, from I am reading prior to today’s announcement, the sagging morale at the Justice Dep’t. and its increasing disability to attract new capable attorneys to the Dep’t. to fill needed slots, is the primary reason for Alberto’s resignation.

As I discuss in my center column article, Legacy has nearly nothing to do with this, as Gonzo’s resignation in no way salvages Bush’s legacy - if anything it cements this portion of the dark cloud over his presidency into the history books with indelible ink.

Posted by: David R. Remer at August 27, 2007 12:19 PM
Comment #230810

I agree that, without the morale problems, he might not have resigned. That said, I am also not foolish enough to believe that George Bush, whose obstinacy has been displayed enough times for all of us to know that it is epic, would not have accepted this resignation unless he was backed into a corner and, that he would only acquiesce with provisions. I do believe that this is part of the greater whole of political deals in the making with, not only the opposition, but his own party to salvage what he can and possibly walk away with some positive legacy from his final year. look at the whole landscape not the individual event - it is naive to think this is an isolated incident which has no effect and is not being used on some level for political gains on both sides - if nothing else to try and bolster a weakened republican party prior to next year’s election.

Posted by: Scott at August 27, 2007 1:24 PM
Comment #230813

Good Riddance to a very Bad Liar.

But of course it’s a seemingly dignified resignation, rather than the necessary firing it should have been. Much like Rove, who also gets to keep acting like he has some sort of a right to “dignity”, Bush should have fired both of these scumbags, but never did. Loyalty means everything to the Neocons, you know.
Perhaps Gonzo will now be awarded the Medal of Freedom? For being so effective at the task of removing our freedoms, and so incredibly incompetent overall. It’s a definite possibility, no?

It’s being floated that Chertoff may be the (recess appointment?) pick for the position.
Oh goody. If so, the Justice Dept. can now be run on the same thing Chertoff’s been running Homeland Security on. No, not the rule of law, or even his brains, but his own personal “gut feelings.”

Posted by: Adrienne at August 27, 2007 2:08 PM
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“It’s sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons,” Bush said before leaving Texas for Republican fund-raisers in New Mexico and Washington.
What is sad, is that there are still far too many people who buy into Bush’s BS. Thankfully, impeding worked in this situation, only not soon enough…….

Posted by: Sandra Davidson at August 27, 2007 2:49 PM
Comment #230819

Here is hopeing this is like Nixon’s “massacre” when as cover, he fired a thousand of “the best civil servants I have ever known.”

Now we should waterboard Gonzalus to get the whole truth. After all that is a good interrogation method according to him so there should be no objections.

Posted by: BillS at August 27, 2007 4:46 PM
Comment #230824

WHAT??? You mean to tell me that another
Bush[wacked] cabinet member has resigned under political and legal scandal?

My goodness, is this Bush[wacked] adminstration corrupt or what?


How do you know that Mike VicK won’t be pardon by Bush? Has he alread said that he wasn’t going to pardon him?

Posted by: Kim-Sue at August 27, 2007 5:18 PM
Comment #230830

i’m quite surprised at the lack of support for Gonzalez.

There have been many on the dissenting side to blindly support anything that comes out of the Bush administration. From releasing classified information for political reasons, to misleading the country into an unnecessary war, to attempting to destroy this nation’s constitution in the name of pseudo-safety.

But Gonzales, who ardently stood by his President, supporting lawlessness after lawlessness; using some very unique interpretations of the constitution to support this administration’s dictatorship and who put loyalty to one over our nation’s laws, Gonzales stands alone without any support, except from the President.

Where o’ where are the Gonzales’ supporters on this board?

Posted by: john trevisani at August 27, 2007 5:58 PM
Comment #230836


Why not try some firey rhetoric to get the Gonzales supporters all worked up. Oh wait, that doesn’t work, it just gives bloggers a convenient excuse to avoid a difficult issue.

It’s hard to keep coming up with novel propaganda and lies in order to support people so obviously corrupt, evil and ignorant.

Posted by: Kim-Sue at August 27, 2007 6:34 PM
Comment #230843

“Where o’ where are the Gonzales’ supporters on this board?”

Hmm… Good Question. I for one am truly hoping they’re not ALL hanging out in public restrooms. That’s right friends, yet another married GOP lawmaker busted. Again trolling for gay sex with total strangers in a restroom, he was. Last week it was GOP Rep. Bob Allen from Florida, this time it’s GOP Senator Larry Craig from Idaho, and yes, like Allen, Craig has always voted in favor of legislation directed against gay people.
More very sad, and excruciatingly heavy, irony.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 27, 2007 7:10 PM
Comment #230845

He just got sick of taking all the Dem guff. I do not blame him.

Posted by: Jack at August 27, 2007 7:29 PM
Comment #230846

“He just got sick of taking all the Dem guff.”

Dem guff = asking him questions about how he was doing his job.

“I do not blame him.”

Not even for lying and intentionally misleading Congress?

Anonymous Liberal: The Case Against Gonzales.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 27, 2007 7:53 PM
Comment #230847

He was getting guff from even your side. I don’t blame him for going, I blame him for hanging on so long.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at August 27, 2007 8:10 PM
Comment #230849

For a good laugh, try Youtubing

“The Big Lebowski- Larry’s Car”


Posted by: darren159 at August 27, 2007 8:18 PM
Comment #230850

“Now we should waterboard Gonzalus to get the whole truth.”

Bill S,

Now you’re talkin’. Let me do it! Maybe I’ll have a seizure and he’ll die. we’re supposed to be the “better alternative”! If we’re not then we’re only “an alternative” ………………. like the difference between painting the living room walls beige or sandstone!

Let’s actually be better!

So far our front-runner for POTUS is leaving me wishing for better!

Posted by: KansasDem at August 27, 2007 8:19 PM
Comment #230852


Gonzales was not the brightest bulb. I do not think Bush should have appointed him. He was qualified like Janet Reno, i.e. not the brightest bulb. I won’t cry for him.

But the Dems attack on him for the attorneys or the terrorist surviellence was just political posturing.

In other words, I do not regret that he is gone, but it evidendly is not for the right reason.

Posted by: Jack at August 27, 2007 8:28 PM
Comment #230854


Maybe political posturing, but had he answered directly and truthfully he could have perhaps put this all too bed. To bad he didn’t have more sense than to pretend forgetfulness and give the impression of something serious to hide.

Oh, and by the way, it wasn’t just the Dems. Some of his harshest questioning and the harshest comments came from Republicans.

Posted by: womanmarine at August 27, 2007 9:32 PM
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Jack, oh yes, it is for all the right reasons. You know its the right reasons when Republicans and Democrats alike in this environment, agree his leaving is a good thing for government, their parties, and the nation.

Posted by: David R. Remer at August 27, 2007 11:32 PM
Comment #230863

This has been a good day, a fun day. It is to bad the Senator Craig thing had to come out to. It may not get the attention it deserves. The Craig’s List stuff is priceless.

Posted by: jlw at August 27, 2007 11:49 PM
Comment #230866

Jack, certaingly not even you would argue on behalf of the Attorney General that argued against habeas corpus :
“There is no expressed grant of habeas in the Constitution; there’s a prohibition against taking it away,” Gonzales said.
“The Constitution doesn’t say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn’t say that. It simply says the right shall not be suspended” except in cases of rebellion or invasion.”

For that alone the man should forfeit any benefits provided by the American people and be barred from practicing law in this Country.

Posted by: j2t2 at August 28, 2007 12:21 AM
Comment #230880

“It is to bad the Senator Craig thing had to come out to. It may not get the attention it deserves.”

Talking Points Memo has posted the arrest document.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 28, 2007 11:10 AM
Comment #230881

“For that alone the man should forfeit any benefits provided by the American people and be barred from practicing law in this Country.”

I absolutely agree.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 28, 2007 11:12 AM
Comment #230885

Adrienne: I have been following the story at TPM. My favorite post is the one called No Joke, It is rather funny considering the context and could have been written by Senator Craig himself. Christian closet queen Republicans have a hell of a hypocritical cross to bear.

Posted by: jlw at August 28, 2007 11:50 AM
Comment #230888

Indeed. Hey, make sure to check out the TPM article entitled “Craig Blamed “Gay Movement” For Rumors About His Sexuality.”
“Jiminy God!” — but it’s both a hilariously hypocritical, and tragically sad story.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 28, 2007 12:22 PM
Comment #230892
But the Dems attack on him for the attorneys or the terrorist surviellence was just political posturing.

Not according to documents coming soon from an internal Justice Department investigation.

Posted by: American Pundit at August 28, 2007 12:33 PM
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It is no coincidence that they have left the same week, they should have left holding hands.

Rove the instigator, Gonzales the accommodator.

Posted by: jlw at August 28, 2007 12:50 PM
Comment #230899
The investigation (headed by the department’s respected inspector general, Glenn Fine) has already turned up new documents and e-mails about the purge that have not been made public and that are inconsistent with previous Justice Department statements, according to a key witness who was recently interviewed by the investigators and was shown the material. (The witness asked not to be publicly identified while the probe is ongoing.)

Is this the same witness that leaked Rove was going to be indicted by Fitzgerald? I would wait until my chickens hatched first, if it were me…

I don’t know that you’ve seen this many top people leaving—maybe not since Watergate.

MMM, it actually seems rather normal in the last year of a president’s term to have turnover like this. It’s the circumstances that are the issue, not the fact that they are resigning.

Separating fact from innuendo and conspiracy are going to be tough on this one, like with the Libby issue, I guess it depends on if you are after facts or after political gain…

Posted by: Rhinehold at August 28, 2007 1:13 PM
Comment #230903

By what criteria do you claim its normal? Many or most of these people just happen to be the folks in the middle of the Maelstrom. Is that coincidence?

You are right, though. We should wait for better information to come out. You should consider though, that so far the Democrats have been more right than wrong about this administration.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at August 28, 2007 1:55 PM
Comment #230911

Rove bails. Gonzales lost Rove and now bails. Tony Snow makes noise about leaving because he “needs” to make more money. Cheney is not running for President. Ari Fleicher runs a 15 million campaign targeting REPUBLICANS on support for Iraq. Bush cannot pass immigration reform or get any of his proposals thru congress.

If not for the fact that we are still putting tens of thousands of U.S. servicemen and women in harms way in Iraq Bush would be totally irrelevant. This presidency has got to be the lamest lame duck in a long time.

Posted by: chris2x at August 28, 2007 4:12 PM
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How soon before Craig explains that he was on the lookout for terrorist when he peeked through the toilet stall crack?

Posted by: BillS at August 28, 2007 6:34 PM
Comment #230928

Tom Tomorrow asked the right question about a month ago:

Should we assume that EVERY sanctimonious, moralizing Republican is a closet sexual libertine — or just MOST of them?
Posted by: Woody Mena at August 28, 2007 8:55 PM
Comment #230930

“How soon before Craig explains that he was on the lookout for terrorist when he peeked through the toilet stall crack?”

:^D Ya gotta love that kind of patriotism! Yeah, and all that fancy foot-tapping and hand waving? That was just him practicing a fabulous show-stopper he’s come up with for a new Broadway musical he’s been choreographing in his spare time. I hear it’s called “Who’s Afraid-a Al Qaeda?”

Posted by: Adrienne at August 28, 2007 9:25 PM
Comment #230931

this is clearly not your father’s republican party - perhaps his boyfriend’s, though…

Posted by: diogenes at August 28, 2007 9:31 PM
Comment #230946

He was just testing to see if any nasty homosexuals were lurking about.

Posted by: jlw at August 29, 2007 12:10 AM
Comment #230950

Gonzo thread hijacked by the Craig (R-Idaho)scandal, and soon to be hijacked by the Renzi (R-Arizona) scandal, following the Vitter (R-Louisiana) scandal, not too long ago it was the Foley (R-Florida) scandal…

I can’t keep track of them all. Sanctimonious does not begin to describe the Republican party.

Notice the reporting on Fox Noise - they have scrubbed all the “R”s from Craig stories. They do not identify him as a Republican… reminds me that it was Fox that identified Foley as (D-Florida).

It’s all propaganda folks - the Murdoch machine.

Posted by: Timmer at August 29, 2007 6:23 AM
Comment #230953


Yeah, and all that fancy foot-tapping and hand waving?

i heard that he told the police that the reason he was tapping his foot was that he was listening to John Ashcroft’s “Let the Eagle Soar” on his iPod.


Posted by: john trevisani at August 29, 2007 7:52 AM
Comment #230969

“Gonzo thread hijacked by the Craig (R-Idaho)scandal”

Did you read American Pundit’s link? Just because Gonzo has stepped down, doesn’t mean that the investigations into his performance as AG are over. (This may mean Rove’s role as well, seeing as there are some new e-mail’s.) But we have to wait and see before we can discuss those things further. In the meantime, I brought up Craig because there was no thread here about it, and I thought that a “GOP family values” Senator who is married and who has always voted to deny or limit gay rights pleading guilty to trolling for anonymous gay sex in a public restroom was definitely newsworthy enough to mention.

“i heard that he told the police that the reason he was tapping his foot was that he was listening to John Ashcroft’s “Let the Eagle Soar” on his iPod.


Oh, that’s a good one, John. He so overcome with patriotic feeling, he just couldn’t keep control of his flailing “wings and talons”!
It’s certainly a more manly and patriotic cover story than engaging in Broadway choreography! What was I thinking? :^)

Posted by: Adrienne at August 29, 2007 11:50 AM
Comment #231008


I wasn’t criticizing the hijack - I was pointing out that there are so many R-scandals it’s hard not to mention them during any discussion.

Interesting how hard it is to stay on topic during this Republican meltdown…

Waiting for the Gonzo pardon to ensure a Democratic government for at least two terms.

Posted by: Timmer at August 29, 2007 7:20 PM
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A thought on why prominent Republicans like McCain and Coleman are calling for the resignation of Mr. Craig but not Mr. Vitter.

Louisiana’s governor is a Democrat, and Idaho’s is a Republican. Craig resigning would mean a Republican incumbent going into the 2008 election; Vitter resigning would mean another Democratic Senator.

Is the thin veneer of “values” covering only “gay” sexual escapades?

Posted by: timmer at August 30, 2007 6:42 AM
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“Is the thin veneer of “values” covering only “gay” sexual escapades?”

Yes, but of course if it’s a case of someone having sex outside of marriage and they’re a Democrat, it’s again a complete outrage of enormous proportions.

Funny comments a friend sent me in an e-mail today:

Adrienne, just think how fun their GOP convention in Minneapolis is going to be! The wingnuts who rent cars will all be fearful for their lives (due to the bridge collapse)! And thanks to Senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig, all the straight male wingnuts (I’m now wondering if they are just a small minority?) will be afraid to use the restrooms at the airport! No matter where they go, GOP shame will follow and actually become a part of the convention’s overall theme!
Posted by: Adrienne at August 30, 2007 6:22 PM
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