On Fox News Sunday…former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) refused to defend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales against accusations that he may have perjured himself before Congress. “It’s very damaging‚Äö√Ñ¬∂we badly need an attorney general who is above any question,” said Gingrich…. Later in the show, host Chris Wallace revealed that no conservative would willingly defend Gonzales on Fox. “By the way, we invited White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend Attorney General Gonzales,” said Wallace. “We had no takers.”
How sad is it when even the usual parade of neoConservative apologists regard Attorny General Alberto Gonzales as if he was a carrier of virulent, contagious tuberculosis? You’d think that someone as ostensibly and demonstrably intellectually agile as Gonzales would be able to recognize when he has less support than Osama bin Laden. And you could certainly be forgiven fro thinking that Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © would possess the political acumen to jettison Gonzales like yesterday’s coffee. Then again, for political cynics like me, this makes for some phenomenally entertaining political theater- like bad Kabuki.
Gonzales adds a whole new dimension to the term “political liability”. Yep, nothing says “I’m a defender of lies and corruption” quite a President who stands up for a Cabinet member whose stock in trades are lies and corruption…and poorly executed at that.
My memory may be a bit fuzzy (probably from all those drugs I did in the ’60s), but I seem to remember The Worst President EVER announcing at the outset of his reign of error than he was going to “restore honor and dignity to the White House”. Yeah, so how’s that working for you these days?
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), appearing on ABC’s This Week, said “of course” Gonzales has a credibility problem. On MSNBC’s Hardball on Friday, Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), the ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, squirmed when asked by host Chris Matthews if he thought Gonzales “is a good attorney general?” Cannon refused to answer the question, offering instead, “He’s a good guy.”
Faint and damning praise, indeed. And they’re only talking about this country’s chief law enforcement officer- for whom honor, integrity, and impartial enforcement of the law is little more than very abstract concepts. The truly sad thing about the example set by Alberto Gonzales is that the behavior he models starts at the very top…in the Oval Office.
NOW CAN WE IMPEACH THE LYING BASTARDS?