Goodbye, Gonzo?

Senator Arlen Specter (R-Center Until It Comes Time to Vote) predicts that General Attorney and incompetent, lying sack of shit Alberto Gonzales may resign “rather than face a potential no-confidence vote in the Senate,” for which Senate Democrats could push as early as this week.

On “Face the Nation” on CBS, Mr. Specter noted that no-confidence votes were rare, adding, “I think that if and when he sees that coming, that he would prefer to avoid that kind of an historical black mark.” Mr. Specter, of Pennsylvania, would not say how he would vote on a resolution.

Most Senate Democrats and five Republicans have called on the attorney general to resign, but President Bush, who considers Mr. Gonzales one of his most trusted advisers, has steadily supported him.

Brian J. Roehrkasse, senior spokesman at the Justice Department, said on Sunday that Mr. Gonzales had no intention of resigning.

Of course he doesn’t. And his BFF Bushy still has no intention of asking him to resign, either, because they’re like two peas in the same hunk of poop.

(C&L has video of Specter on FTN.)

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18 responses to “Goodbye, Gonzo?

  1. I just hope he waits to resign until AFTER congress’ next break, just so that Chimpy cannot simply appoint someone without any Senate oversight. He’s used that one way too much already!

  2. oddjob

    I think Specter’s utterly out of his ken and has been for some time now. It’s amazing to me that he, a former Philadelphia district attorney, is so clueless about the nakedly criminal aspects of this administration.

    I would like to think he’s correct, but frankly I think it more likely that the only way the country will be rid of Gonzales before a change of administration is if the Congress actually works up the nerve to impeach and remove him.

  3. Specter talks out of his ass. The man is clueless.

  4. oddjob

    sbgypsy, I saw something on the internet yesterday (I think maybe at Talkingpointsmemo) indicating Reid isn’t going to let the Senate recess long enough for Shrub to do that anymore…..

  5. Erin M

    It’s amazing to me that he, a former Philadelphia district attorney, is so clueless about the nakedly criminal aspects of this administration.

    If you know anything about Philly politics, it isn’t all that surprising.

  6. oddjob

    I do know something, but I’m not following you.

    sbgypsy – here’s the story. (Hat tip, Talkingpointsmemo.)

  7. nightshift66

    Congress will not, I predict, muster enough pressure to get Dubya to ‘knuckle under’ on Gonzales; Dubya sees this in the childish manner he sees most things, as a personal challenge to his codpiece. Nothing short of impeachment will prevent Gonzo from serving out his time.

    Spectre (spelling intentional) is once again gaming everyone. He knows full well no one in the admin can be shamed into doing anything. They have conclusively proven that they haven’t any shame. He also knows better than most of us just how criminal this admin has been. He’s calculating that going through the motions of oversight is less likely to harm GOP chances in 2008 than actually doing his duty. And that calculation is probably correct in a purely political sense, but it’s certainly disgusting to watch him and those like him air their corruption so openly.

  8. The fact that Specter wouldn’t even admit to how he’d vote re “no confidence” in Gonzales is the only sign anyone needs of his utter uselessness.

  9. I’m of the theory that Bush won’t let him go because Gonzales knows too much about Mr. Bush’s past and that, as LBJ once said, it’s better to have someone inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in. (He was colorful, I’ll grant him that.)

    So far, Mr. Gonzales has not displayed the fortitude to turn on Mr. Bush should he be terminated, but if he is removed, presumably he could be subpoenaed to testify.

    The other reason Mr. Bush won’t get fire Gonzales is because everybody wants him to. An infantile reason, but in this case, only too true.

  10. KarateMonkey

    If you’re the president and your main concern is covering your own ass, combined with a strong streak of contrariness for it’s own sake there’s no way Gonzales gets the boot.

    1) For Bush this just a big F.U. to the Democrats.

    2) Who’s he going to get as a replacement. The Senate isn’t going to approve Attorney General Santorum, and the idea of Attorney General Fitzgerald should be enough to keep the West Wing in Tums for the remainder of their term.

    3) In a similar vein, don’t underestimate the prospect of confirmation hearing. Just imagine the questions the adminstration doesn’t want asked. “What’s your position on torture, extraordinary rendition, warrentless wiretapping, etc.”

  11. Posted by oddjob

    sbgypsy, I saw something on the internet yesterday (I think maybe at Talkingpointsmemo) indicating Reid isn’t going to let the Senate recess long enough for Shrub to do that anymore…..

    Woah, THAT’s good news, and thanks for the link.

  12. oddjob

    The way TPM related it, that last recess appt., the one making the Swift Boater an ambassador, so thoroughly pissed off the Dem. senators that they decided to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy about such matters.

  13. burnt toast

    think there’s still a very good chance that he’s gone… and soon… will get a better grasp of the potential after Goodsuck’s testimony on Wednesday… although I’m still uncertain that she will honestly cooperate in the investigation… suspect that if she does, it will directly implicate the “boy genius” and show just how much gonzo participated as a criminal pawn.

    Why This Scandal Matters
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/opinion/21mon1.html

  14. No confidence? Impeach.

    “…all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

    Why it matters:

    “The President…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons…except in Cases of Impeachment.”

  15. Erin M

    I do know something, but I’m not following you.

    A thoroughly unsubstantiated “they’re all crooks” joke that obviously fell flat.

  16. burnt toast

    “No confidence? Impeach”

    That would be my preference as well… you can see just how little the monkeypuppet thinks of the ineffectual song and dance on the hill:

    Bush Rips Gonzales ‘Political Theater’

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Bush.html

  17. oddjob

    Ah, I see what you mean Erin!

    Specter goes back to the late 60’s and had a bit of a reputation for being fairly clean (Mayor Tate did not, and Police Chief Rizzo wasn’t much better). That’s probably not surprising considering he was the outsider. Rizzo’s Philadelphia accent was so thick you could cut it with a knife!

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