Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Ode to Gonzales

Oh, how we despised your crude hackish ways! Au revoir to being less honorable than fmr. Senator and Attorney General Ashcroft in conspiring to pillage our constitutional rights to not be wiretapped.

Alberto Gonzales finally bowed to all the public pressure, and stepped down today.

In his words:

“I have lived the American dream,” he said. “Even my worst days as attorney general were better than my father’s best days.”

In Bush's words:

Today’s resignation is the result of unjustified political attacks, according to President Bush, who just delivered a thorough tribute and defense of Mr. Gonzales:

After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales has decided to resign his position and I accept his decision.

It’s sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.

SUMMARY TRANSLATION:

Alberto: Working for Bush was painful, almost as painful as doing the backbreaking work of picking grapes for 12 hours a day without breaks.


George: No, you just happened to be the fall guy. Better luck next time!

When I heard it this morning, I couldn't believe my ears - not just that a Bush crony finally had to taste humiliating dismissal but that they pushed him out on Monday. (FYI, in the media cycle, stuff that comes out on Monday stays in the papers for a week, which is why savvy spinmeisters put bad news "out with the trash" on Friday, so to speak.)

His resignation press conference was short and sweet, with no questions allowed, and he walked off stage like a broken man. You could tell his face was puffy (maybe from crying?)

I guess this explains why Wan J Kim, head of the Office of Civil Rights (an oxymoronic dept in this administration) stepped down just recently - he must have been Alberto's man.

Next up: Who wants to be the next sucker? Michael Chertoff? Orrin Hatch? (I would prefer Hatch to Chertoff, if only because Hatch is better on immigration.)

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