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August 27, 2007

Abu Gonzales GONE

Gonzales just announced his resignation. This took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it seems those in White House have seen their futures decline with a transparent liar like Abu in place, and well, pitching water out of a sinking ship is all they've got at this point. The resignation is, perhaps, the greatest example of Incompetence Writ Large for this White House.

Lots of speculation is swirling around who Abu's replacement may be. CNN's convinced it's Chertoff, the prospect of which should be enough to make everyone's blood run cold. Other sources in the beltway are floating the names of Paul Clement (solicitor general), John Danforth, and for pure entertainment's sake, Orrin Hatch. David Kurtz from TPM thinks it's Clement, partly based on Chertoff's horrible, unforgettable, performance during and after Hurricane Katrina.

There's also speculation -- and trepidation -- that Bush would put that new AG into place as a recess appointment. That seems unlikely because Abu's last day of work is going to be September 17. And Senate Judiciary Chair Pat Leahy would eat rocks before allowing a recess appointment of such an important position. Bush is just dumb enough to believe that with Abu gone the House and Senate will let go of their investigations into the firings of the US attorneys. To that I'll simply say: no soap.

Posted by shoephone on August 27, 2007 at 08:09 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink


You and I had exactly opposite expectations on this one, shoephone. I thought he'd be the one to turn out the lights at the end of the Bush Administration. Without him, I think Bush will have a tougher time staying out of legal hot water, although Congress' performance over the last six months may have persuaded the President he has nothing to worry about.

To me, why Bush asked Abu to resign right now is the big mystery. As usual with these things, though, it will probably only be clear in hindsight.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Aug 27, 2007 7:24:08 PM

Cujo - As far as expectations (or predictions?) mine may have simply been wishful thinking.

On the timing: who knows? Maybe Bolten really is cracking the whip. We can only rarely believe anything coming from this WH, but the "decide on your job status before Labor Day" instruction might be real. Then again, Bolten may have taken Bushby aside and told him to get rid of Abu during the recess because Leahy's legal eagle eye isn't going away.

Posted by: shoephone | Aug 27, 2007 7:39:33 PM

I shuddered to hear Lieberman's name floated today. Would his replacement by a Republican (who admits it) give control of the Senate to the R's, or did the beginning of term arrangements preclude that? I remember hearing after the 2006 elections that even if Lieberman caucused with the Republicans, it wouldn't change the leadership.

Posted by: op99 | Aug 28, 2007 8:52:18 PM

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