VAYA CON DIOS

Posted in Rants on August 28th, 2007 by Ed

I don't really think there's much I can say about Alberto Gonzales or his resignation that hasn't been said repeatedly already. Combined with the fact that I feel like absolute ass today, I'll be keeping this as succinct as possible. Two things need to be said.

1. As much as firings and resignations in the Bush cabal feel like moral, or even substantive, victories, I find it hard to get excited. Remember when Rumsfeld got canned? It really changed things in the DoD. Right? No, of course it didn't. Nothing changed. Not a goddamn thing. We replaced one Kool-Aid drinking, true believing dead-ender with another. With the entire executive branch essentially being run out of think tanks and the Vice President's office, the names and faces among the cabinet are beyond interchangeable. They'll nominate some other automaton and there's no meaningful chance of getting the Senate to reject him as long as Joe "Yes sir, Mr. President!" Lieberman is the swing vote.

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2. I see no reason why Alberto should get off the hook just because he quit. Lying to Congress and obstructing justice are, you know, felonies. He doesn't get to atone for his behavior simply by getting out of the way. It would be nice to send a message and give Gonzales a legacy…other than that goddamn "I just pumped the neighbor's cat" look which adorned his face for about 80% of his tenure.

I'd say something about Bush's "Why wait years before engaging in revisionist history?" farewell-Alberto speech, but I think it speaks for itself.