I still say Chimpy is too stubborn to fire Gonzales, and Alberto himself is too selfish and stupid to step down voluntarily. It will be interesting to see if the “adults” can convince one or the other that we need a new Attorney General.
White House insiders tell CNN that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hurt himself during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday on the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
The sources, involved in administration discussions about Gonzales, told White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux that two senior level White House aides who heard the testimony described Gonzales as “going down in flames,” “not doing himself any favors,” and “predictable.”
“Everyone’s putting their best public face on,” one source said, “but everyone is discouraged. Everyone is disappointed.”
[S]ources involved in discussions with White House officials say,”People are a bit shocked. He didn’t win over Democrats and he may have lost a few Republicans. No one privately is saying it’s a homerun. No one is saying he did what he needed to do. There’s faint praise like he didn’t get killed. We understand he’s on shaky ground.”
One White House insider points to the comments by Republican senators as a troubling sign for Gonzales. The problem with the testimony, according the insider, was that “every senator except for Orrin Hatch was not helpful, even senator John Cornyn was frustrated. That’s not good.”
“His [Gonzales’] tactic was inexplicable. He keeps saying I know why I made the decision, but I don’t know anything else,” one source said.