Bush Press Conference on Gonzales at 11:50
I’m a bit tired of hearing that George Bush can do anything he wants with people who serve “at the pleasure of the President,” like the job of everyone working at his behest is pleasuring him without limit. It’s being repeated all over cable news like it’s canon. The fact is you can’t stick up a bank “at the pleasure of the President.” And the unchallenged notion that hacks like Cornyn are putting forward — that it was never “proven” that Gonzales did anything wrong — just defy credulity. Gonzales lied outright before Congress, and his story was contradicted by Pelosi, Daschle, Harman and Rockefeller. The revisionist history involved here is pretty gobsmacking.
I’m sure one of the goals of all these resignations is to put daylight between Republicans and their respective investigations — it’s a lot easier to holler “partisan witch hunt” if someone is out of office — which is why it’s so good to hear Harry Reid saying this:
“Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove. This resignation is not the end of the story. Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.“
Oversight shouldn’t stop just because the crooks are headed for the hills.
Update on Bush Presser: Nothing unexpected, poor Abu, hounded out of office by partisans. Big helicopter.
Spencer Ackerman gets quip of the day:
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has a unique take on what’s next to come at the Justice Department in the wake of Alberto Gonzales. Just now on CNN:
This will not bring peace. This will bring more chaos.
No word yet on whether the chaos created by Alberto Gonzales will follow us home.