Albert Gonzales’ attempt to bully an ailing John Ashcroft into signing off on a dubious intelligence order requires no comment. That episode alone would be enough to disqualify him to be attorney general. But his comments yesterday at the National Press Club, blaming the firing of federal attorneys on Paul McNulty, who has just resigned as deputy attorney general, provided fresh insight into Gonzales.
Why stab your former assistant in the back? Why not, seems to be Gonzales’ thinking. He isn’t simply a lickspittle to Bush, but also an utter coward who can’t take responsibility for his own actions and is desperately clinging to office, no matter how farcical his contortions make him look. Will Bush finally relieve himself–and us–of this mediocrity?
Ultimately, the Gonzales affair highlights what has proven to be Bush’s downfall–installing incompetents and cronies in high office.
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