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A clubbed seal?
Harper's assessment of Gonzales: "a dull-witted apparatchik."
Gonzales's "Credibility Problem"
Alberto Gonzales's years of service as a George Bush factotum did not equip him well for the job of Attorney General which requires an ability and duty to tell the president and his staff at the White House they are wrong when they are wrong. Gonzales, apparently overpowered by Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, David Addington, was incapable or disinclined to exercise his independent judgment and enlist the support of President Bush. Alternatively, his judgment was pathetically wrong. Probably a combination of both--poor judgment and unwillingness to differ with others in the White House. Aside from these inadequacies, Gonzales has fatally compromised his credibility with key members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats. His competence has also been called into question. Here's Salon's take on Gonzales's Senate testimony April 20.
The Bush administration has a shortage of people who have principles and who are willing to act on them. He should replace Gonzales with somebody of the caliber of Elliott Richardson or William Ruckelshouse who resigned in the famous "Saturday Night Massacre" toward the end of the Nixon administration rather than compromise their integrity by firing Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox.
Kyle Sampson "Merely a political hack?"
STORY TIME IN THE SENATE A "Disturbing Pattern" in U.S. Attorney Dismissals
The lead editorial in this morning's NY Times discussed revelations of discrepancies between Alberto Gonzales public denials of his involvement in the decisions to fire 8 U.S. Attorneys revealed by testimony yesterday by his former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson.
"The senators questioning Mr. Sampson pointed to a troubling pattern: many of the fired prosecutors were investigating high-ranking Republicans. He was asked if he was aware that the fire U.S. Attorney in Nevada was investigating a Republican governor, that the fired prosecutor in Arkansas was investigating the Republican governor of Missouri, or that the prosecutor in Arizona was investigating two Republican members of Congress.
"Mr. Sampson's claim that he had only casual knowledge of these highly sensitive investigations was implausible, unless we are to believe that Mr. Gonzales runs a department in which the chief is a mere political hack who has no hand in its substantive work. He added to the suspicions that partisan politics were involved when he made the alarming admission that in the middle of the Scooter Libby investigation, he suggested firing Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago who was investigating the case."