by Goldy, 08/27/2007, 7:45 AM

I was wrong. The big story today will be the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The question is, will Bush attempt to make a recess appointment? Can’t imagine he’d want to appoint anybody the Senate would want to confirm.

40 Responses to “Gonzo gone”

1. George spews:

OF COURSE HE WILL APPOINT DURING THE RECESS – HIS HOUSEKEEPER, OR THE GARDNER GUY – WHO CARES? HIS GAME IS OVER – HE COULD STAY ON VACATION 6 MONTHS

2. SeattleJew spews:

The Presidency is now a Regency

I predicted this months ago. When a President fails, his own party should put him aside. The question who is now running the US?

My guess? GHWB, Bush I.

All of the newbies in the Bush II orbit are folks from his Dad or James Baker’s shop.

Before congratulating the Repricans too much, remind yourself about Bush I and Lee Atawater, Bush Daddy was as much anb underhanded POS as the current guy, the difference was IQ. Bush I/Baker were smart people.

If I am correct, the folks who brought us Clarence Thomnas, brought Jerry Falwell into the govmnt, passed of Dan Quayle as a Vice President, … them folks, they are BACK.

Watch for:

a. Iraq .. a more clever poicy, the “surge worked.” A token force will be withdrawn by January.

b. SA … support for the Saudi. This may not be bad .. their position on Israel is rational. Their stance on Baghdad and the sunnis not so good.

c. Drama and Deception .. possible reconciliation with Cuba.Agree with Russia on missiles? Fired attorney to be new AG?

d. Nomination of a successor. My guess ? Fred Thompson will be backed or possibly Romney, McCain, RG are now the walking dead.

e. Chaney will disappear. He might even have a heart attack,

f. Bush girl to wed in White House.

Any one wanna bet? How about every time I am right, the trolls here get to donate $25 to Darcy?

3. Roger Rabbit spews:

There are rumors Chertoff will replace Gonzo.

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

The only questions now are, how much will Gonzo’s advance be, and when is the book coming out?

5. wobbly spews:

…and how quickly it will end up in the dollar bin along with lynne cheney’s
tripe.

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6. proud leftist spews:

Roger @ 3
Chertoff would be the perfect successor to Gonzo. Like Gonzo, he’s very familiar with and approving of GW’s wiretapping and domestic spying programs, doesn’t know a civil liberty from a Rice Krispie, and believes that the Constitution means whatever the Administration says it means. As you know, in this time of war, it’s important that we get an AG who can hit the road running.

7. wobbly spews:

what i like about chertoff is that he isn’t cute ‘n fluffy like alberto.

michael “human skull” chertoff looks like he acts.

“have no fear!”

8. Roger Rabbit spews:

@6 They should “hit the road” and forget running.

9. Roger Rabbit spews:

Well, you all remember Bush set an August 31 deadline for people to resign, or they have to stay for the rest of his term. Wonder who else will quit this week? Bet there’ll be more high profile departures. Everyone in the Bush administration is looking for a job … apparently none of them are expecting the next president to be a Republican.

10. ArtFart spews:

I watched a program over the weekend on one of the “government” channels…think it was the Washington State one.

It was a panel discussion with Slade Gorton, Mike McKay, Jenny Durkan (who’s been on the committe that Slade and Patty Murray set up to vet candidates for the federal bench in Washington) and the woman whose name I unfortunately forgot who was US Attorney here during he Clinton administration.

Gorton went on at considerable length about what he thought of Gonzo…I was a little shocked at the level of vitriol he used. Phrases like “totally incompetent” and “a God-damned idiot”. In the context of the discussion, he seemed to be trying to deflect the blame to Gonzo and away from the president. The irony there is that it was Bush who hired this guy, first as his personal attorney, then as White House counsel, and finally as AG…and who’s been acting on his amoral and inane legal opinions all these years.

The buck hasn’t stopped yet, folks.

11. Lee spews:

@10
There’s no way to separate out criticism of Gonzo from criticism of the President. Having someone as thoroughly incompetent as him running the country’s justice system is absolutely on the President’s shoulders.

12. Winston Smith spews:

Bush may very well appoint Michael Chertoff as a recess appointment (so he doesn’t have to go through senate confirmation.)

And why not? Chertoff did so well in handling the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.

13. Rujax! spews:

Take THAT, trolls…

You LOST.

We WON…ALL of us. The whole effing country!

14. michael spews:

@8

Right on brother!

Bye, bye, Alberto.

Tony Snow has said he’ll be moving on before the end of the term.

15. Tlazolteotl spews:

I had heard that Bush had assured the Congressional leadership that he would not make any recess appointments (yeah, yeah, I know…)

Also, already Chertoff is being reconsidered, because there may not be enough support for him in Congress (largely due to his ill-considered “gut feeling” [=talking out of his ass] comment regarding a terrorist attack in the US); Orin Hatch’s name has now come up in the media.

16. Libertarian spews:

Will Gonzales be entitled to any government pension, now or in the future?

17. jsa on commercial drive spews:

There’s only one thing that’s kind of gnawing at me.

Gonzales’ successor will take over an organizationally demoralized Justice Department.

She or he will be required to evaluate some fairly questionable policies that have stacked up since late 2001, and will have to decide whether to continue with them, loudly deny them, or make them disappear quietly.

And in addition to all of this, unlike a corporate turnaround artist who would be given a reasonable quantity of time to finish the job, the appointee has (realistically) one calendar year to accomplish these goals.

Did I mention there will be an election going on? Make any screwups or inopportune comments and the loyal opposition will make sure everyone and their dog hears about it.

Who in their right mind would WANT this job?

18. ArtFart spews:

17 Are you kidding? Whoever Bush appoints will have a very clear understanding that their job is to keep swinging the meataxe at “that God-damned piece of paper” no matter what the background noise sounds like.

19. jsa on commercial drive spews:

ArtFart @ 18:

Whoever Bush appoints will have a very clear understanding that their job is to keep swinging the meataxe at “that God-damned piece of paper” no matter what the background noise sounds like.

I thought the purpose of having the Congress controlled by the opposition was that tools like Gonzales can’t be appointed anymore.

20. Daddy Love spews:

It appears as though the REALLY big story today is that another fire-breathing right-wing Republican SENATOR was arrested for soliciting gay sex in a public restroom!!!

Honestly, what is with these guys? There’s a secret gay Mafia of woman-hating, race-baiting, meth-snorting ass bangers in the Republican Party. Who knew?

Maybe W fucks Albie G.

21. Nindid spews:

Wrong again Goldy!!!!

Looks like the honorable “family values” Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho got arrested in a Men’s bathroom in the Minneapolis airport soliciting anonymous sex. Who would have guessed?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2007/08/idaho_senator_arrested_in_airp.php

22. Daddy Love spews:

I mean, he’s not gay or anything, he just likes to suck a dick now and then. I mean, who doesn’t?

23. Daddy Love spews:

21 Nindid

Beat ya…

24. Nindid spews:

DL @23 – 3 minutes…. curses! Craig is soooooo done in Idaho.

25. Broadway Joe spews:

JSA @ 19:

With a ‘recess appointment’, the Chimp could appoint Lord Voldemort to be the new AG and Congress wouldn’t be able to stop it. And considering how spineless Congress has been, I doubt they’d do anything other than complain.

26. Broadway Joe spews:

21:

I read the TPM article, and while I think it’s hilarious that yet another Recraplican is getting busted, I have a problem with the whole foot-tapping ‘code’ thing. Being a professional drummer, I could be sitting in the john dropping the deuce while tapping out a Gene Hoglan (ace death-metal drummer) double-bass pattern and theoretically, a cop could somehow recognize it as some sort of come-on? That just bothers me on some levels…

27. jsa on commercial drive spews:

Broadway Joe @ 25:

With a ‘recess appointment’, the Chimp could appoint Lord Voldemort to be the new AG and Congress wouldn’t be able to stop it.

I was hoping I could find something in the United States Code that required that the attorney general be non-fictitious and corporeal, but no such requirement exists.

Perhaps we should start a lobbying campaign for Voldemort’s appointment. Existing merely as a figment of J.K. Rowling’s imagination, he would be more effective and less damaging than any of the names that are being kicked around.

28. FricknFrack, Seattle spews:

@ 26, Broadway Joe
Maybe YOUR foot tapping has Rhythm – not doing the nervous “pleased & hoping to meetcha” routine with perhaps the foot inching/creeping under the next cubicle wall. Not sure how that perv stuff works, but there must have been something that looked out of the ordinary, IMHO. I find this so funny, another dude that’s been been hammering on gays, pretending “family values” crap, trying to quietly plead guilty to soliciting gays! And too stooopid & cheap to hire a lawyer.

Here’s a YouTube of the dude from back in the days, didn’t realize they already had another Congressional Page Scam going on back then as well:

“1982 Larry Craig denial, 1982″
http:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RntWGPEjoo

LOL, One poster there said: “GOP = Grand Old Perverts”

I think, the morale to the story is: If one has a several hour layover at the airport, don’t spend the whole time ‘relaxing’ in the loo.

29. Union Machinist spews:

Brownie.

This way he won’t have to make up another phrase.

30. Wells spews:

No no. The big story is the national obeisity epidemic. Fat people. Blubbery, ugly fatties. Stop the presses!! Cue all the talk radio jocks! Fatties pigging out and bulging over their beltlines. Nothing else. Hours and hours of fatties. How fat are you, fattie? Diabetes fat? Young person fatter than ever, fat? Yew disgust me, you big fat pig. Shut up and go on a diet, fattie.

31. Roger Rabbit spews:

@10 “Gorton went on at considerable length about what he thought of Gonzo…I was a little shocked at the level of vitriol he used. Phrases like ‘totally incompetent’ and ‘a God-damned idiot’. In the context of the discussion, he seemed to be trying to deflect the blame to Gonzo and away from the president.”

I think it’s quite possible that Gorton, himself a lawyer, is distressed about how bad Gonzales makes the legal profession and the Republican Party look. Gonzales is the exact opposite of the lawyers who prosecuted the Nazi war criminals.

32. Roger Rabbit spews:

The next step in Gonzo’s legal career should be an appearance before the Texas Bar Association’s disciplinary board.

33. Roger Rabbit spews:

Whatever it cost Texas taxpayers to send Gonzales to law school, he should pay them a refund.

34. Roger Rabbit spews:

@17 “Gonzales’ successor will take over an organizationally demoralized Justice Department.”

It’s worse than that. All the good lawyers have left, and the Department will have to be rebuilt from the ground up.

35. Roger Rabbit spews:

@26 Do you think Craig’s guilty plea was extracted under torture?

36. Roger Rabbit spews:

I had to read about Craig’s arrest and conviction at USA Today. Nothing in the Seattle Times or King 5 News web sites about it. Is the “liberal-biased” media protecting Republican Senator Craig?

37. Roger Rabbit spews:

Ha! My mistake. It’s in the fine print of the sidebar:

“Idaho senator arrested in airport

“By STEVE KARNOWSKI
“Associated Press Writer

“MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty this month to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after being arrested at the Minneapolis airport.”

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/APWires/headlines/D8R9QDQ00.html

This was kept quiet a long time, though. He was arrested June 11 and pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, yet it’s only hitting the press today.

38. FricknFrack, Seattle spews:

Wonder about the timings. Seems like too much to be mere coincidence. Gonzo gone on the SAME day as the news of “Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho pleaded guilty” came out.

Normally I refuse to watch Katie Couric (turn off the TV when she shows her face) but today I wanted to see what was said on Gonzo & Craig the Perv. Barely a Katie Burp on the subject of Craig, just a bare mention and then on to fluff stuff. So who’s big story was supposed to suppress WHICH story? Gonzo or the Perv?

39. ArtFart spews:

34 “It’s worse than that. All the good lawyers have left…”

It’s even worse than THAT, Roger. As the competent and the sane have left the staffs of the Justice Dept and many other federal agencies have been filled with a legion of Monica Goodling-esque hacks. Those whose jobs are under Civil Service protection will be a real problem to get rid of.

40. Rabbit Turds spews:

– Civilians killed by Ashcroft: 0
– Civilians killed by Gonzales: 0
– Civilians killed by Reno: 80

– Innocent people put in prison by Ashcroft: 0
– Innocent people put in prison by Gonzales: 0
– Innocent people put in prison by Reno: at least 1

– Number of obvious civil rights violations ignored by Ashcroft: 0
– Number of obvious civil rights violations ignored by Gonzales: 0
– Number of obvious civil rights violations ignored by Reno: at least 1

– Number of innocent civilians accused of committing heinous crimes by Ashcroft: 0
– Number of innocent civilians accused of committing heinous crimes by Gonzales: 0
– Number of innocent civilians accused of committing heinous crimes by Reno: at least 1

Number of 6-year-old boys deported to totalitarian dictatorships by Ashcroft: 0
Number of 6-year-old boys deported to totalitarian dictatorships by Gonzales: 0
Number of 6-year-old boys deported to totalitarian dictatorships by Reno: 1

Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Ashcroft: 0
Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Gonzales: 8
Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Reno: 93

Check out the excellent Ann Coulter — http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/welcome.cgi
for the rest of the story.