You’d be hard-pressed to find a more strenuous supporter of President Bush than Coburn, but even he couldn’t make himself stand up for Gonzales. “U.S. attorneys’ reputation that were involved have been harmed. The confidence in U.S. attorneys throughout this country has been damaged. The reputation of the attorney general’s office has been tarnished and brought into question. … And I believe that the best way to put this behind us is your resignation.”
That President Bush re-asserted his support for Gonzales following his dismal performance and that Gonzales refused to resign in the face of his failure hardly matter. The hearings proved one thing, and one thing only: The executive branch no longer has a blank check to run the country into the ground.
Divided government can be good for America. The questioning by one party of policies implemented by the other can result in stronger legislation and more fair and equitable distribution of resources.
Even when one-party rule has been decreed by the voters, however, members of that party should take enough responsibility for their positions to question what’s going on in front of their faces. They should have begun, as the new Democratic Congress has, investigations into the conduct of the war in Iraq, the profiteering taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan to enrich private contractors, the conditions for troops returning from battle and the use of U.S. law enforcement personnel such as U.S. attorneys as political cudgels for a White House out of control.
They certainly should have questioned Gonzales long before now about the ways in which his office subverted the rule of law in order to favor the president.
Apropos of nothing, but God bless Rudy Giuliani for being such a dimwit hairdo lately. Just when I thought I was running out of material … So look for Guiliani-ferret people commentary in a couple of columns soon, in case, you know, you come here for news of furballs.