Monday, August 27, 2007

Good Bye Alberto Gonzalez!!

First it was Karl and now it's Alberto. Yes, finally, for the good of the country, one of the most partisan and ineffective Attorney Generals ever will leave. Gonzalez makes you long for John Ashcroft and maybe even John Mitchell -- oh well maybe not Mitchell.

He leaves an AG office that had turned partisan politics into an art form -- the most visible example being the firing of the US Attorneys -- but it also involved things like the wire tapping, surveillance, his apparent support for what appears to be torture, the hiring of people simply for political reasons. This is good news and may open things up for more transparency -- depending on who GW chooses as a replacement. The name being bandied about so far is Michael Chertoff -- Homeland Security Secretary. To my mind that's not a good choice. Besides, he already has a job that needs tending to. Pull someone in from the outside, someone with integrity and independence. At one time a suggested replacement was John Danforth -- I think that would be a wise choice if Danforth is willing to serve.

So, thank goodness that Alberto Gonzalez did the right thing. Now hopefully he'll do here as he did with replacing Rumsfeld and get a qualified person to run this department for the next fifteen months or so.


Michael Westmoreland-White said...

He still needs to be prosecuted for helping to set up our torture gulags as White House Chief Counsel.

The problem with the resignations is that these people keep getting recycled through right wing administrations--like Cheney and Rumsfeld. Impeachment, trial, and conviction and--even if they only spend a little time in jail--they are disqualified from serving in any future administrations. Resignation is too easy for Gonzalez. Mitchell, at least, paid for his crimes.

Pastor Bob Cornwall said...


I agree that this can't be the end of things. But maybe a fresh face will rid the department of the partisan hawks and we'll start seeing some of the evidence needed to make sense of what's been happening.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

In my humble opinion (not that anyone in the Senate has asked me!), the Democrats should refuse to confirm any replacements. That way the Solicitor General stays as Acting Atty. Gen. for the rest of Bush's term--and he is a capable person and less of a partisan hack. At the very least, the Senate should refuse to even hold confirmation hearings (for ANY position) until the White House and the VP start responding to all those subpoenas.

Mystical Seeker said...

I agree with Michael Westmoreland-White about the need for trial and conviction, although in practice what would happen is that anyone who is convicted would be pardoned by Bush, just as his father pardoned Caspar Weinberger and others.