One for Gonzales

by Henry Farrell on March 13, 2007

Gonzales a couple of minutes ago at his press conference:

Let me just say one thing. I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles in my life to become attorney-general. I am here not because I [pause] give up. I am here because I learn from my mistakes, I accept responsibility, and because I’m committed to doing my job. And that is what I intend to do for the American people.

I reckon that’s a “Galbraith Score”: of one right there.



c.l. ball 03.13.07 at 9:27 pm

Gonzalez says: “I believe in accountability” but never provided an account of what happened. When asked what mistakes were made, Gonzalez failed to reply substantively. When asked how he could be sure the removals were proper if he was unaware of what was going on, he said he believes the decisions were right. He’ll never get to 4. He’ll be out by the end of the week.


hallam 03.14.07 at 12:04 am

We just saw the start of an impeachment process. Gonzalez will be impeached for sure.

I have been saying that the Democrats would have to impeach Rumsfeld and Gonzalez before attempting to impeach Cheney or Bush for over a year.

It works the other way, if Gonzalez is impeached and removed from office by conviction or resignation the focus of attention moves up the chain. What did they know and when did they know it?


Tyrone Slothrop 03.14.07 at 2:31 am

Does he get some kicker for observing that he’s overcome a lot of obstacles in his life? Maybe that gets him to 1.5.


Andrew 03.14.07 at 3:13 am

I dunno. On the one hand, you have the fact that Gonzales is absolutely Bush’s man: the only circumstance I can imagine that sees him forced out is as a direct protection for the President.

On the other, the tracer fire is coming in from all sides right now. Walter Reed is another slow fuse, now consuming generals and army secretaries, and it looks as though Gates is off the reservation. The Middle East is probably not, um, stable. And now the Attorney General and several of his lieutenants, and multiple WH staff, are at a minimum going to need to lawyer up against charges of lying to Congress.

There’s only so much damage control any organization can do. Once the line breaks, it could be sauve qui peut.


P O'Neill 03.14.07 at 3:19 am

The Galbraith score needs some modification for the Bush propensity that a resignation that every one sees as necessary would thus cause a loss of face for the Administration if it actually happened, and therefore needs to be postponed until it can look like Bush decided on his own self to pull the plug. For example, Rummy must have had a Galbraith score of 50 (if we count Bush’s expressions of support), but not actually canned till after the election. So Alberto could have life him in yet — unless he’s impeached.


ejh 03.14.07 at 9:49 am

Gonzalez will be impeached for sure.

Rather an optmistic “for sure”, I’d have said.


John M. 03.14.07 at 12:06 pm

What are you all on about? Everything is just fine. All this incessant whinging and yet no recognition about how swimmingly everything is going. The surge? 100%. World loves the US, just loves them. Gonzales? Legal God. Libby? Framed and victimised. Walter Reed? That’s what you get when you have a socialized health service. Torture & Rendition? Only filthy terrorists Ma’m. Bunch of lefty nut jobs , that’s what you all are.


Steve LaBonne 03.14.07 at 1:57 pm

The Republican “W doesn’t love Alberto so much any more” leaks have already started so you can bet that he’s in the process of being thrown under the bus. Unlike Cheney, he doesn’t have sufficient clout with Bush to survive by offering up his aide as a sacrifice in his place.


SKapusniak 03.14.07 at 6:08 pm

From CNN:

‘”I do have confidence in AG Al Gonzales,” Bush said during a joint news conference with President Felipe Calderon in Merida, Mexico.’

…Hmmm, not quite sure whether to count that one as the dread ‘vote of confidence’, that everyone gets just before they have to spend more time with their family, or not.

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