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.


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.

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  • Ed, Ed, Ed–'Accountability' is *so* last millenium. We just don't *do* that anymore. And besides, as Hannity and Limbaugh will explain to you, he was only lying to the *Democrats* in Congress, which means that any attempt to prosecute him would be–all together now!–"partisan politics as usual!"

    No, the only question is whether his ghost-written book will be an "I'm So Sorry" Perle-ist tract, or the more common "It Was Everybody's Fault But Mine." I'm thinking the latter, what with the 'neighbor's cat' look, suggesting that "the conscientious application of all aspects of the law" falls into the "quaint" category.

    On that valedictory note: Give Gonzales credit–calling the Geneva Convention "quaint" may rival "And Brownie, you're doin' a heckuva job" as this administration's equivalent of "That depends on what the definition of 'is' is."

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