Alberto is gone and what Glenn said, The Democrats’ responsibility in the wake of Gonzales’ resignation
No matter what, they must ensure that Gonzales’ replacement is a genuinely trustworthy and independent figure.
I was surprised. I thought the only way to get rid of Gonzales was to find him in contempt of Congress followed by impeachment or at least the use of a crow bar and a few linebackers. Modern conservatives fervently embrace the politics is like high school mentality. Even when caught on tape they deny and act like petulant spoiled bullies. The ruling Conservative elite are not to be held accountable to us mere humans, us mere American voters. So why would Gonzales throw in the towel now. As much as we might like the rats-sinking ship mental picture there was probably a little more to it since in many ways Alberto was the moat to King Bush’s castle, Why did Gonzales resign?
On the U.S. attorneys, his former deputies — his former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, and former deputy attorney general, Paul McNulty — contradicted him. On domestic spying, the former acting attorney general, James Comey, described then White House counsel Gonzales’ attempted coup on behalf of a program Comey considered illegal through Gonzales’ securing the signature of the ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft, barely able to lift his head in his hospital bed after surgery. After Gonzales offered a different account, FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate on July 27 to corroborate Comey’s version, staking his position against Gonzales’ credibility. Senators called for the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Patrick Fitzgerald, a Bushie appointee non the less proved that special prosecutors are to Republicans what wooden stakes are to vampires. So that’s there is one reason – after all how many Felons can Bush pardon before the peasants storm the palace. I’ve lost count there have been so many, but the various members of the administration are facing more subpoenas then a 1970s crime family.
Rove ran the Department of Justice like a personal fiefdom as Gonzales reigned there as his vassal lord. The civil rights division was gutted, more than 60 percent of its professional staff forced out; and since 2001, not a single discrimination case was filed. The antitrust division became a favor bank. Rove granted dispensations to companies, including those seeking to override laws involving foreign purchases of U.S. assets with national security implications, a former government official involved in such a case told me.
So Rove was gone and as Gonzales proved more then once he was never his own man, capable of self direction. He was an agent of Whitehouse politics. Not of Whitehouse policy. Policy is something wonkish and frequently thoughtful. Policy to Republicans in the Age of Bush, much like the Constitution has just become so much excess baggage. No Rove, no arm twisting or deflection so what’s mindless foot minion like Alberto to do except to disengage, to become a smaller target. While Sidney is right on that score it only takes us so far. Alberto’s problems aren’t over, but Bush still thinks he is literally god’s gift to America and by pushing Alberto to the far side lines Bush probably thinks he has removed some of the tarnish from his delusional dreams of a grand legacy. A legacy so great that America will forget that he deserted the National Guard, put our grandchildren in debt and couldn’t manage to govern with even a modicum of competence. Nothing like living in a bubble, Gonzales Resignation Does Not Pardon President’s Abuse of Power
* He disparaged the Geneva Conventions as “quaint” and “obsolete” and developed legal arguments that permitted aggressive interrogation tactics in the months after 9/11, which deny detainees in the war on terror basic legal protections.
*His staff created the system by which the president could move American citizens from the criminal justice system into detention as enemy combatants, eliminating due process protections.
During his tenure as attorney general, Gonzales championed policies that eroded civil liberties protections. Among them.
* He failed to investigate and prosecute criminal acts committed by civilians in the torture or abuse of detainees and repeatedly rebuffed congressional inquiries into the matter.
* He failed to investigate and prosecute criminal acts and violations of laws as a result of the National Security Agency’s warrantless spying program. Recent reports indicate that Gonzales may have recommended to the president that he block the Office of Professional Responsibility’s investigation since he himself may have come under scrutiny.
* He championed renewal of the Patriot Act despite serous civil liberties concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike. A recent audit by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General found that the FBI underreported, misused and abused the National Security Letter authority.
As much as I might try to make this blog family friendly, Republicans and their propensity for deviant behavior just don’t make that possible, Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) who called Bill Clinton “a bad boy, a naughty boy” in 1999 arrested, pleads guilty.
Roll Call reports today that Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport for “lewd conduct” in a men’s public restroom.
“The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference” – Bess Myerson quotes