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Monday, August 27, 2007

Gonzo the Hero

There's something eerie about being able to immediately guess what rationale the latest criminal in the GOP will use to explain a resignation-- or simply rationalize immoral conduct. Or maybe I'm giving myself too much credit. After all, the line on Gonzo really hasn't changed in months. He's the real victim here. All the guy wants to do is arrest some pedophiles, and the Democrats won't let him. He's doing it for the children, people!

The best part? Gonzo maintained the classic BushCo 'foolish consistency' right up to the end:

As recently as Sunday afternoon, Mr. Gonzales was denying through his press spokesman, Brian Roehrkasse, that he intended to leave.

Mr. Roehrkasse said Sunday afternoon that he had telephoned Mr. Gonzales about the reports circulating in Washington that a resignation was imminent, “and he said it wasn’t true, so I don’t know what more I can say.”

White House spokesmen also insisted on Sunday that they did not believe that Mr. Gonzales was planning to resign. Aides to senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said over the weekend that they had received no suggestion from the administration that Mr. Gonzales intended to resign.

This is after submitting his resignation on Friday.

UPDATE: Too much credit? I deserve no credit for anticipating the "partisan disgrace" line that would greet Gonzo's resignation. From Salon:

Texas Sen. John Cornyn is on CNN now, declaring today a "sad day" that has come about because of the "hyperpartisan atmosphere of Washington, D.C." By our account, the "sad day" came on Feb. 3, 2005, when the Senate confirmed Gonzales by a vote of 60 to 36, with six Democrats joining Republicans in giving the president the attorney general whom he wanted.