NYT Cuts To The Chase

April 20th, 2007at 11:15am Posted by Eli

From today’s lead editorial:

If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had gone to the Senate yesterday to convince the world that he ought to be fired, it’s hard to imagine how he could have done a better job, short of simply admitting the obvious: that the firing of eight United States attorneys was a partisan purge.

Mr. Gonzales came across as a dull-witted apparatchik incapable of running one of the most important departments in the executive branch.


At the end of the day, we were left wondering why the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer would paint himself as a bumbling fool. Perhaps it’s because the alternative is that he is not telling the truth. There is strong evidence that this purge was directed from the White House, and that Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s top political adviser, and Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, were deeply involved.


We don’t yet know whether Mr. Gonzales is merely so incompetent that he should be fired immediately, or whether he is covering something up.

But if we believe the testimony that neither he nor any other senior Justice Department official was calling the shots on the purge, then the public needs to know who was. That is why the Judiciary Committee must stick to its insistence that Mr. Rove, Ms. Miers and other White House officials testify in public and under oath and that all documents be turned over to Congress, including e-mail messages by Mr. Rove that the Republican Party has yet to produce.

Exactly. Incompetent wanker though he is, Gonzo is just the fall guy here, loyally stone/firewalling for Rove and Bush, as well as giving Republican senators a golden opportunity to look like they’re not really mindless rubberstamping tools.

The Republicans may be beating up on Gonzo in public, but behind closed doors, I think they’re whispering reverentially about the depth of his sacrifice. It takes real courage to let yourself look this bad to protect someone you love, and Dubya is obviously very grateful.

I still want to see the little weasel in jail, though.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Rove

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