Sunday, March 11, 2007

NY Times Editorial Asks Alberto Gonzales To Resign

During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held — President Bush’s in-house lawyer — and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference.

He has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bush’s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them.
On Thursday, Senator Arlen Specter, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, hinted very obliquely that perhaps Mr. Gonzales’s time was up. We’re not going to be oblique. Mr. Bush should dismiss Mr. Gonzales and finally appoint an attorney general who will use the job to enforce the law and defend the Constitution.

I see Alberto Gonzales is going to get a Presidential Medal of Freedom now. Obviously this level of incompetence is going to actually give him more stature with President Bush. Gonzales has been a stain on the country, the constitution, and our image through out the world. Bush loves the guy in other words.

Pressure will soon be mounting though. We can tolerate mild levels of corruption, anti constitutional behavior from certain federal officials as being human nature. We do not need somebody who disdains our constitutional freedoms in the position of chief law enforcement official. Arlen Specter needs to finally decide if he is all talk, or come out more vocally here and explicitly demand Gonzales go.

The last few years will beome Specter's legacy unless he decides that he is an American first and a loyalist to George W. Bush second.