We’re All Doomed

4 comments May 19th, 2007at 09:48pm Posted by Eli

Steve Benen finds something scary:

The AP had an interesting item today, highlighting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ perspective on being close friends with the president. As the embattled Gonzales sees it, his close relationship with Bush, which spans decades, is inherently “a good thing” for everyone.

“Being able to go and having a very candid conversation and telling the president: ‘Mr. President, this cannot be done. You can’t do this,’ — I think you want that,” Gonzales told reporters this week. “And I think having a personal relationship makes that, quite frankly, much easier always to deliver bad news.”

“Do you recall a time when you (were) in there and said, ‘Mr. President, we can’t do this’?” Gonzales was asked.

“Oh, yeah,” the attorney general responded.

“Can you share it with us?” a reporter asked.

“No,” Gonzales said.

Now, I think there are two ways to look at this.

1. Gonzales is lying about this little story, and there’s never been a time in which he’s had to keep the president from going too far. He’s the quintessential “yes man,” who does as he’s told.

2. Gonzales is telling the truth, and the Attorney General/WH Counsel — the one who’s approved of abandoning the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law — believes some of the president’s other requests are beyond the pale.

Boy howdy, just think how big a yes-man Gonzo would be if he weren’t the president’s good buddy.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans


  • 1. oldwhitelady  |  May 20th, 2007 at 1:02 am

    I’m glad they asked him that question. I agree with your assessment of his answer. If he had to tell shrub that something couldn’t be done, the idea must have been way illegal…and probably evil, too.

  • 2. Interrobang  |  May 20th, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    What could be so illegal and evil that Mr. Unitary Executive, If-the-President-Does-It-It’s-Legal himself wouldn’t approve of it? If it happened, it couldn’t have been because of the legality and/or evilness of the idea, (I lean towards option #1 myself); it had to have been something where the political fallout would have been devastating.

  • 3. Spear and Magic  |  May 21st, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Actually it might be that the evil shoe is sometimes on the other foot. If you believe the story that emerged from the Comey testimony last week, it was Bush who decided that he’d let Justice modify the wiretap plan so that they could sign off on it rather than face mass resignations, and that Card, Gonzales and others who were telling him he should not capitulate and permit those changes.

    So that seems like a case of “Mr. President, we can’t do this; it is insufficiently evil!

  • 4. Eli  |  May 21st, 2007 at 7:38 am

    I really can’t see either Dubya *or* Gonzo giving much of a shit about political fallout. Spear & Magic might be on to something, but I think their relationship is (and always has been) more a matter of Dubya telling Gonzo what he wants to do, and Gonzo clearing a path for him.

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