Finally, after at least seven months of foot-dragging by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his boss and buddy, President Bush, George finally answered the plea from this blog and brought us his head.
Gonzales underwent questioning by a Senate select committee comprised of both Democrats and Republicans. The committee, including heavy GOP hitters such as Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, begged the president to ask for Gonzales' resignation or fire him if he wouldn't quit.
The committee heard damning testimony of Gonzales' behavior in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons and the FBI terror investigations in which bureaucrats said hundreds of political appointees in the Department of Justice had access to files of people who were only suspects or subjects of investigation. In the Clinton administration, less than a half-dozen White House employees had such access.
"Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job. He lacked independence, he lacked judgment, and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
So, finally Gonzales gave his resignation to his pal, Bush, and the president finally accepted it. Of course, Bush called Gonzales a wonderful public servant and that he was hounded from office for political reasons by the Democrats and the press.
Of course, this now brings to a halt one of the longest journalism contests in blog history.
The winner is Esbey, who, in March, predicted Gonzales would only last two months, but Esbey was closer than the other potential prognosticators. Esbey didn't want a Len'sLens T-shirt but wanted a chance to write about the reasons for the pick. Esbey, just contact me and we'll make the arrangements.
Congrats to Esbey and let's hope the next pick is better, but due to Bush's record, I wouldn't bet the ranch on it.
Names being bandied about include Specter, who said he wouldn't take the job if it were offered, and Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff.
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Until next time...