The Deathwatch Continues…

1 comment March 19th, 2007at 05:51pm Posted by Eli

Are those vultures I see?

Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose support among GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has collapsed, according to party sources familiar with the discussions.

Among the names floated Monday by administration officials are Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and White House anti-terrorism coordinator Frances Townsend. Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson is a White House prospect. So is former solicitor general Theodore B. Olson, but sources were unsure whether he would want the job.

What, no John Yoo?

In a sign of Republican despair, GOP political strategists on Capitol Hill said that it is too late for Gonzales’ departure to head off a full-scale Democratic investigation into the motives and timing behind the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

“Democrats smell blood in the water, and (Gonzales’) resignation won’t stop them,” said a well-connected Republican Senate aide. “And on our side, no one’s going to defend him. All we can do is warn Democrats against overreaching.

Heh. Their concern for the Democrats is quite touching.

I think this is my favorite part:

A main reason Gonzales is finding few friends even among Republicans is that he has long been regarded with suspicion by conservatives who have questioned his ideological purity. In the past, these conservatives warned the White House against nominating him for the Supreme Court. Now they’re using the controversy over the firing of eight federal prosecutors to take out their pent-up frustrations with how he has handled his leadership at Justice and how the White House has treated Congress.

Complaints range from his handling of immigration cases to his alleged ceding of power in the department to career officials instead of movement conservatives.

Yes, you read that right: The Republicans don’t like Gonzales because he’s too liberal. Wrap your head around that and smoke it.

Oh, and Tony Snow tells us that Gonzo “Has the confidence of the president.” Kinda like Rummy and Brownie. (Mmm, rum brownie…)

(h/t TPM Muckraker, which I’m reading a lot more for some reason…)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

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  • 1. The Heretik : A Pleasant &hellip  |  March 20th, 2007 at 9:56 am

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