Alberto gets the hint

It seemed as if Alberto Gonzales was the last person in Washington to realize that his resignation as U.S. attorney general was both inevitable and overdue.

His credibility with Congress was shot and even fellow Republicans made no secret of their relief at his departure. Going back to his days as White House legal counsel, he was associated with a lengthening list of Bush administration legal missteps — the ill-fated military commissions, opting out of the Geneva Conventions, the terror memos, the rationalization of extra-constitutional powers for the president.

His testimony before Congress was legalistic to the point of being misleading when it wasn’t marked by suspicious memory lapses. While at the White House, he was a participant in one of the more bizarre episodes of this administration: A late-night attempt to get then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to sign off on a secret surveillance plan while Ashcroft lay hospitalized. He was only thwarted by the dramatic intervention of Ashcroft’s deputy and the FBI director.

The dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys may have been every bit as legal and innocent as the administration claimed, but Gonzales’ handling of it certainly made the firings look suspicious and it remains an issue for congressional Democrats.

Gonzales waited until almost the last possible minute to resign, just one week before the Labor Day deadline given senior administration officials to leave or commit to staying for the duration of the Bush presidency.

Like many of Bush’s inner circle, he was intensely loyal to the president. And as Gonzales’ tenure at the Justice Department crumbled, Bush’s reciprocal loyalty was all that sustained him in the job.

And Bush was loyal to a fault. In a statement from Texas, where he had had lunch with Gonzales, the president said his attorney general had been treated unfairly and that it was sad such a talented and honorable person had his name dragged through the mud.

But White House officials said the president did not try to talk him out of resigning. Gonzales could have spared both of them by departing a whole lot sooner.


  1. gene

    “Alberto gets the hint” title of above the article. To bad our “Commander in idiot” want take a hint along with Dick-head Cheney.

    Plenty of time left for these very dangereous clowns to cause some serious trouble since congress was castrated even before the elections.

    I keep asking myself….”Can it get any worse?”…then I think, well thats a stupid question. The real issue is just how much worse is it going to get.

    To relieve tension I take a couple of ativans, grab my tube of KY and practice bending over several times. Seems to help.

  2. Donnat

    Thank goodness this idiot is gone. Anyone who could pull a stunt like he did testifying before congress would be in jail by now, had he not been Bush’s chief toady.

    He did much to tarnish the image of Hispanics as well.


  3. JudyB

    A HINT? Gonzo was given a whole hellava lot more than a hint to resign..It was more like being hit over the head with a sledge hammer!

    Everyone who can read knows that Bush had no problem allowing more executions in Texas while he was Governor than any state ever in history. Yet, he almost has to be held at gunpoint to ask any one of own his criminal henchmen to put in their resignation. Did Bush ask criminals Rove and/or Gonzo to resign? Who knows? but, Bush and his henchmen have very definitely been under the gun, so, I strongly suspect that he was told privately by a few staunch Republican leaders to ask for Gonzos resignation or they would do it formally when Congress got back in session.

    Oh yes, and that little talk Bush gave yesterday, saying that Gonzo had been bullied picked on and generally castigating everyone who questioned any of Gonzo’ s many blatent lies and activities, sounded like one Nixon could have given. …Poor ‘ol Georgie, he & his crooked, lying buddies are being picked on..wah wah wah!

  4. geyser

    At long last, Alberto Gonzales is no longer the Attorney General of the United States of America. He is leaving under clouds of many scandals. Everybody should know what those scandals are. Even before he took the position, it was doomed to fail. We’ve seen before, appointee’s by Bush who are close friends with Bush, are life long friends, with the majority of them lacking the proper background and or experience for the intended position. They ended in failure with a few in the middle of a scandal waiting to happen.
    Gonzales’s appearences before Senate inquries were disastrous. Gonzales would refuse answer certain questions, if he did answer only parts of it were given otherwise, it was the old standby, “I don’t recall” An Attorney General with a bad memory, will lead to trouble.
    Bush has set off lawmakers thinking, allowing the President to choose certain positions in the Cabinet, may be a thing in the past. It has been suggested that Congress choose certain positions, taking it out of the hands of sitting Presidents. Most Presidents tend to be ‘Control Freaks’ this idea if turned into reality, might cause friction or worse between the President and Congress.

    Taking One Day at a Time