As Republicans’ fealty flags and suspicions multiply about Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ trustworthiness, what could possibly be preventing Gonzales from losing his job? Here are a couple of educated guesses from Time’s Massimo Calabresi.
1. Gonzales is all that stands between the White House and special prosecutors. As dicey as things are for Bush right now, his advisers know that they could get much worse. In private, Democrats say that if Gonzales did step down, his replacement would be required to agree to an independent investigation of Gonzales’ tenure in order to be confirmed by the Senate.