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Ear to the Ground

Gonzales Wobbles, but He Won’t Fall Down

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Posted on Aug 3, 2007
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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.


Time.com:

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.

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By Mariam Russell, August 6, 2007 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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Do Bush and Cheny have a gnome fetish? How many other of their minions are gnomes, aside from Donnie and Bertie?

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By Leefeller, August 5, 2007 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Gonzolis quite the comic, he has made a joke of the constitution, congress and the people of the United States with his supporting cast in the White House.

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By the anarchist, August 5, 2007 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Louise (#92257) is exactly right.  Why should he step down?  He doesn’t have to.

Congress is more to blame for the crisis the nation is embroiled in.  They take an oath to uphold the constitution. It’s the law.  It baffles me as to why the impeachment process is not well underway. Clinton was almost impeached for a blow job.  They (congress)  are either cowards or they support the president.  They are law makers and the law has been broken in front of their faces. If they do not act, they lied under oath when they took office. So, now what do we do?

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By DennisD, August 5, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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IMPEACH the scumbag and hopefully the rest of the criminals will fall like dominoes. Sorry I forgot, it would take a Congress that hasn’t already proven itself to be gutless to impeach him. Looks like Gonzo will ride out the storm.

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By dp, August 5, 2007 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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#92184 The similarities in the Bush Admin. and the Godfather movies is exactly what came to my mind when reading this article.  Kind of scary to think our government is nothing more than a mafioso, but…sadly.

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By Louise, August 4, 2007 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

“Gonzales Wobbles, but He Won’t Fall Down”

Oh come on now ... Gonzales falls down before his King on a daily basis. Probably grovels. Do you think for one minute Bush is going to let go of that charge?

Another interesting article trying hard to convince us there is anything close to explainable from a political point of view coming out of the pig-pen in what used to be our White House.

“3. If Gonzales goes, the White House fears that other losses will follow. Top Bush advisers argue that Democrats are after scalps and would not stop at Gonzales. Congressional judiciary committees have already subpoenaed Harriet Miers and Karl Rove in the firings of U.S. Attorneys last year. Republicans are loath to hand Democrats some high-profile casualties to use in the 2008 campaign. Stonewalling, they believe, is their best way to avoid another election focused on corruption issues.”

Bunk and piffle!

Just one thing really, really wrong with that reasoning. Every election involving republican victories, since Mr. Bush corked his bottle, embraced his turd blossom and decided to be a war president, has been rigged!

For goodness sake, what kind of mental midgets have we got covering the news? Is there any reason whatsoever to think they aren’t busy rigging the next one?

Besides, democrats are NOT after scalps!

If they were, we would be reading about the pending impeachment of the Prez and his VP Dick!

Gonzales isn’t leaving, because he doesn’t want to and he doesn’t have to. And there isn’t one darn thing congress can do about it. Well anyway, the one darn thing they could do, they are SCARED to do.

[Bunch a wimps]

In fact, Congress seems to be getting used to being flipped off! Seems they really don’t mind it at all.

When will we hear the order from the King to the congress, “bend over” and the response, “how far?”

Or have we already heard it ... just didn’t notice?

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By Chris, August 4, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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One reason for Bush not letting Attorney General Gonzales go that was not mentioned in the Time article was that Gonzales has more than enough detailed info on the dirt relating to W., not only in his time as President, but going all the way back to his Governorship, that if he was let go of, and he spilled his guts, Bush would be more than in a sorry state, to say the least.

His confused, inaccurate, and self-contradictory testimony before the Senate panel convinces no one at this point. He doesn’t even lie good. And how many times can he say “I don’t remember”?

His loyalty to Bush is reminiscent of the Tom Hagen character played by Robert Duvall in the “Godfather” movies. He was the family lawyer. He was not a blood relative of the Corleone family, but had been brought into the family as an orphan, given everything as a child, and then was sent to law school. He graduated, and became a lawyer, but he had only one client: the Corleone family. His undying loyalty and gratitude was only towards them.

In the movie you saw how he was present when the family was discussing plots to wipe certain people out. He was even present and observed a murder taking place. As a lawyer, he obviously knew murder was a crime, but, of course, he never broke the bond and betrayed the family.

Gonzales is a longtime close friend of George W. Bush, and owes his political career to him. No more than Duvall’s Tom Hagen character, he is not going to break with Bush.

On a personal level, having one’s own private consigliere may be beneficial for any number of reasons. Obviously not as good for the general welfare if it is being done to hurt other people.

Gonzales may have been good as a private, highly ethically questionable attorney for Bush and his family, but he has no credibility as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

You see the results…

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By davide, August 4, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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When I was a kid (long ago) “professional” wrestling was a much smaller racket than it is now.  It went by the name of “All Star Wrestling” and was broadcast on Saturday mornings from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The “stars” of the day were few (Dick the Bruiser, the Crusher, the Vachon Brothers), and their opponents were fewer.  A regular “opponent” was a guy named Bob Rogers.  Rogers’ job was to get into the ring with one of the stars and allow himself to be bludgeoned into submission in an entertaining manner (flipped and thrown, having his head rammed in to the turn buckle, etc.).  Although Rogers would occasionally fight back, the end was never in doubt, and at the appropriate moment Rogers would be flattend and pinned.  This happened with such regularity that I used to wonder (I was nine at the time) why he would continue to submit himself t such pain and humiliation.  I realized later, of course, that the whole thing was scripted, and that he was just playing his part.

Alberto Gonzales is George Bush’s Bob Rogers.

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By PACRAT, August 4, 2007 at 6:50 am Link to this comment
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Gonzo couldn’t be hired for any senior level job anywhere - except that he knows a few Bush secrets, like George’s DWI record that he kept hushed when W applied to the Guard to avoid Vietnam. Does he also know where W spent that time while he was awol from the Guard? Maybe some other interesting secrets?

That’s why he will keep his job!

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By Emily Anne, August 4, 2007 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

Gonzales will be in office long after the Democrats have been voted out for their inability to do anything other than take vacations when Bush decides they can.

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By Outraged, August 4, 2007 at 1:51 am Link to this comment

No way, AG Gonzales isn’t a weeble, he’ll fall, he’ll fall. Just you wait and see.  Same bat time, same bat channel.

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By QuyTran, August 3, 2007 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment

He won’t fall down now because he still sits on GWB’s head.

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By minamoto no taira, August 3, 2007 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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Does this make him a Weebpublican?

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