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On Rumors of a Gonzales Resignation

There are rumors floating that a Gonzales resignation is likely. I agree with John Hawkins that a resignation would be counter productive. In the past, any admission of regret or any resignation has been portrayed to the public by Democrats and the media as proof of wrong doing, where in this case the big problem was not with the firings, but with how they were handled and communicated. If a Gonzales resignation would end the furor and allow us to "move on" to other matters without leaving the impression that the firings were improper, I might support it. Anyone paying attention the past six years knows that is not the effect it would have though.


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Wednesday.... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Wednesday.

" where in this case the bi... (Below threshold)
jp2:

" where in this case the big problem was not with the firings, but with how they were handled and communicated."

Has your head been in the sand? Lam was specifically fired for investigating Democrats. Then they tried to cover it up with lies. You really don't see a "big problem" with that?

Scratch Democrats - of cour... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Scratch Democrats - of course I meant Republicans. No one could beat Cunningham.

Anybody but McNulty. This ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Anybody but McNulty. This is very important. By the way, how was G set up?
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Lam was fired for investiga... (Below threshold)

Lam was fired for investigating Cunningham? Then please justify why Lam was marked for replacement before Cunningham's ship began to take on water? I'm sure you have a logical explanation...

Why didnt planet Janet resi... (Below threshold)
914:

Why didnt planet Janet resign? for in the very least of its crimes were the murder of innocent women and children in Waco?? Way more important then firing some incompetent attorneys.

Then please justify why ... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

Then please justify why Lam was marked for replacement before Cunningham's ship began to take on water? I'm sure you have a logical explanation...

Time travel.

Probably the biggest proble... (Below threshold)

Probably the biggest problem with Gonzales is that he is in way over his head with the Attorney General's office. He was probably fine as a lawyer for Mr. Bush, but handling a huge legal agency like the Attorney General's office has proven his inept handling of matters such as this latest flap over the firings of the prosecutors.

Gonzales once testified in Congress that he would not fire prosecutors for purely political reasons, which now tests his credibility. And many prosecutors have groaned at Gonzales attempting to use the office for purely political causes such as a personal antiobsenity crusade. And whether Gonzales acted to quash some ongoing investigation such the defense contractor scandal involving "Duke" Cunningham, which may involve more in Congress, could come even close to obstructing justice.

A far more competant master lawyer, with less political moltivations more independent from the White House would be a vast improvement. Even the retired John Ashcroft looks like a great Attorney General compared to the inept Gonzales. And the inept handling of important issues like Iraq, FEMA, etc. are the problems that have so often plagued this administration where even this week the conservative leaning, NATIONAL REVIEW, is highly critical of so much rampant inept handling of issues.

I don't think much about ru... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

I don't think much about rumors. Either Gonzales will resign (or be fired) or he won't. I have no idea what's going to happen, and predicting the future is a hazardous enterprise which I won't engage in based on the very scarce information we have now.

What's wrong with just waiting to see what happens?

Falze - I can get that from... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Falze - I can get that from Tony Snow. Don't trust him either.

If interested, a nice breakdown of that point here:
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/013131.php

Any of the libs call for th... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Any of the libs call for the resignation of William Jefferson YET?

Gonzales resignation/firing... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Gonzales resignation/firing won't hurt the administration that much. Don't forget that G.W. is a Lame Duck since he can't be reelected. Without a succesor in the VP the administration can pretty much screw the nation into the ground with little effect. Worse it would do is impact the "legacy," left behind for the history books. I truly believe the Whitehouse doesn't give a whit about how it leaves things for Republican candidates in 2008.

My opinion of Gonzales is that his appointment to U.S. A.G was that of rewarding a stalwart yes man and he has acted as one. To me, any reason for him to get himself gone is a good one. Like the attempt for Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court, Gonzales was promoted way past his greatest level of incompetence.

What's that old maxim that ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

What's that old maxim that Saint Paul prescribed? Avoiding even the APPEAREANCE of evil? Once upon a time Bush imagined himself the founder of a new political order buttressed by the hoary Keep-the-Commander-in-Chief-in-Time-of-War theory of the Political Elect. Truman? LBJ? nevermind! more recieved "wisdom" to snare the ruling class! This conceit of invincibility deemed venality in office as another perq! The toilet might have overflowed for the next prez-elect to clean up, but for the 100% mis-management of an unjust war which swept a (nominally) opposition congress to power. It is only the vastness of corruption and the scale of extra-legality that is keeping the goals of the Dems rather modest for now. Gonzalas is just a more obvious thing one sees that needs to be replaced. Like a warped mopboard in the foyer. The House Tour has barely begun. Keep your powder and shot in reserve. September is the Israeli Spy Ring Trial that was run out of Cheney's office.

Any of the libs call for... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

Any of the libs call for the resignation of William Jefferson YET?

Any neocons call for the resignation of Rove yet?
Any neocons call for the resignation of Cheney yet?
Any neocons call for the resignation of Armitage yet?
Any neocons call for the resignation of Hastert yet?

Try discussing the subject if you can, Gianni. Otherwise, take your pointless tangents elsewhere. They're lame.

Hey gretel,funny t... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Hey gretel,

funny that libtards always believe in justice, cept when one of theirs is guilty.

What Sandy Burglar did is far worse that what Scooter did, yet, yup, libtards are quiet AGAIN.

Its OK though, both the right and those of us in the middle dont expect much from lying ass dems anymore, we know they arent capable of truth or integrity for more than a day or 2.

The Lam thing is hilarious.... (Below threshold)
Jo:

The Lam thing is hilarious. The dems can't answer that question. Time travel I suppose is the answer. Just like liberal writer Lewis Lapham wrote of what occurred at the 2004 GOP convention before it had even taken place.

Those libs and their funny "timing."

"Any of the libs call for t... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"Any of the libs call for the resignation of William Jefferson YET?"

Al Franken did -- on his now-defunct radio show.

I understand why Bush would want Gonzales for Attorney General but don't understand why an average American citizen would.

Any of the libs call for... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Any of the libs call for the resignation of William Jefferson YET?

Yes, many on here, including me, many times. So based on that, you will now call for Gonzales to resign?

funny that libtards alwa... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

funny that libtards always believe in justice, cept when one of theirs is guilty.

Funny. I don't know anyone defending this guy. By the way, Gianni. I think Jefferson should go. Got no problem with that. Never did.

So, got your answer. Now discuss the subject at hand. It's way too easy to throw blame around in other areas. What if my response to everything here was, "Well, look what Nixon did!" It's lame and inconsequential. Anyone want to argue the guilt of Richard M. Nixon? It doesn't matter. It's irrelevant.

The Lam thing is hilario... (Below threshold)
Brian:

The Lam thing is hilarious. The dems can't answer that question.

Hi, Sock Puppet Jo! jp2 gave you an answer right above! Isn't that hilarious, too? Feel free to take on another of your puppet identities and dispute it, but don't pretend it doesn't exist! Have a sock-puppety day!

Hey, it's all Clinton's fau... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Hey, it's all Clinton's fault, and everyone knows that!

Hmmm, so how many libs here... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Hmmm, so how many libs here are named Schumer, Pelosi, Okinawa, err, Murtha, Rangel, Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry, etc etc.

Libs/trolls here are irrelevant, much like those in DC, but the DC libs have the power and responsibility to be consistent, and NOT hypocritical, which of course we all know is impossible for them.

I can't wait for Gonzales t... (Below threshold)

I can't wait for Gonzales to resign - It's definetly time. When do think he'll resign? Enter your guess here. If you're the closest to when he actually does, you'll win a year's supply of Ben and Jerry's ice cream! What could be better?




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