It is a testament to the utter failure of the Bush Administration that even the Kewpie Doll from Hell™ Michelle Malkin has taken the full swan dive and is swimming away from the sinking Ship of State as fast as any rat ever swam:
Back in May, I said I wouldn’t be shedding tears and my poll showed that neither would most of you … If the administration learned anything at all from the shamnesty debacle, DHS secretary Michael Chertoff would not be the reported leading candidate to replace Gonzales. Looks like they’ve learned nothing. If Chertoff replaces Gonzales, Allah wonders, who replaces Chertoff? Hey: Why not just go full-on open borders and put Mel Martinez in charge! Or how about…a head of lettuce?
If they want the best qualified, most experienced AG candidate who is serious about enforcing all of our laws, including our immigration laws, and who is best equipped to serve in a time of war, the choice would be obvious: John Ashcroft.
OK. Nobody ever said that the Righties had turned SANE. Just that even they know when to jump ship.
The Righties’ Chief Exponent of Smarm™ “The Captains Quarters” rationalizes like mad, all the while stroking as fast as little rats’ paws can paddle:
In any case, it’s far past time for Gonzales to go. No one did anything illegal in terminating the federal prosecutors, but Gonzales and his team made it into a royal botch-up anyway. Gonzales really should have resigned after telling people publicly that the attorneys had performance issues when their reviews showed that they had performed well. That set off a series of statements that Gonzales had to retract or clarify, including some in Senate testimony that made him appear as though he hardly had anything to do with running the Department of Justice.
It’s been an ongoing embarrassment
Yup. They’re not wrong. Nothing bad happened. It’s just embarrassing. (I wonder where they’ve been for the past seven years? Odd time to worry about being embarrassed.)
The legitimate media outlets are all over this, like CBS‘ “Gonzales The ‘Granddaddy Of Cronies’,” or the New York TIMES‘ “Embattled Attorney General Resigns.” The Washington POST, Firedoglake and PBS, have good stories, while CNN engages in its increasingly common gutless form of ass-kissery. (Surely CNN must come from the same invertibrate genus as the House and Senate Democratic leadership.) AP has reactions, here, including John Edwards’ “Better late than never.”
Still, CBS’s legal analyst Andrew Cohen certainly didn’t mince any words:
When historians look back upon the disastrous tenure of Alberto R. Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States they will ask not only why he merited the job in the first place but why he lasted in it as long as he did.
By any reasonable standard, the Gonzales Era at the Justice Department is void of almost all redemptive qualities. He brought shame and disgrace to the Department because of his lack of independent judgment on some of the most vital legal issues of our time. And he brought chaos and confusion to the Department because of his lack of respectable leadership over a cabinet-level department among the most important in the nation.