When my daughter reads my articles she often comments, after laughing aloud, that she pictures many of my words as political cartoons. So, draw this Al Gonzales drama as political cartoon. He would be the lapdog (bulldog face) of the president with Rove in the room as dog trainer. On the floor would be a newspaper that looks like the U.S. Constitution in newsprint. I would love to picture Karl Rove teaching Bush to train Gonzales as the alpha male and how to use newspaper as both a discipline tool and a place for the dog to relieve himself, shall we say.
The only problem—the dog trainer failed to teach the new dog owner how to use the Constitution—I mean newspaper. Naturally, the use of paper is nothing new to dog owners. And the tricks that were taught to Gonzales were not new. Title III, from 1986, was in place long before the Patriot Act merely expanded executive power. The criminal list and the statutes for which wiretaps can be ordered were broadened. This means surveillance can be done in real time on virtual electronic devices including cellular phones. The president, since 1968, could wiretap without first obtaining a warrant. But Gonzales wanted to go into homes without first wiping his paws on the welcome mat. His handiwork violated (to a point) both in letter and essence the Constitution as written.
The official biography for Alberto Gonzales’, Bush’s longtime Texas buddy, cites February 2005 as the beginning of his term as AG. Yet he worked hard grab power and put it into play for his master before his time in the White House too. Many in the know are saying that he was flat-out fired. Why would the son of a sharecropper, living the American dream, want to leave? Who quits a job like that without pressure in less than three years? What, 2.5 years. You mean he did all that damage in less than three years? Rethink the timeline. If you subtract the last six months when the calls really began for his resignation, including from this writer, from the 2.5 years since appointment, then he began making a mess in the Oval Office after only his first year as AG.
Failing to get the nod for a Supreme Court seat after six months as Attorney General, he remained AG. As a man of 49 he would have been on the court for decades! It is that very reason he was not confirmed. I hope that the American public never forgets that Alberto “Okay to torture” Gonzales did not become a member of the Supreme Court for making torture in prison look lovely. The hearings crushed any hopes that he or Bush had of seeing him permanently seated on the Court. Wow, America dodged a big bullet. We would all have to move to Mexico.
What I really want to know is will the Democrats pursue the legal case against him? I hate to predict that they will not go after him. On August 13th I wrote “Rove Resigns, Bush Quips,” and predicted a Gonzales resignation nicely:
Who will replace Karl Rove? He has left a vast political void, and a brain drain for Bush. Without a doubt, the news of Rove’s resignation will resonate on the Hill. The obvious question: how does this bode for Alberto Gonzales? Will Gonzales be the straw man left holding the bag of kryptonite? I predict he too will return to Texas, via resignation.
His actual date of resignation (September 17th) puts his leaving at exactly one month after Rove resignation. Bush lamented that AG's "good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.” Huh? I think he dragged the AG office through the mud. And even his boss of 13 years could no longer afford to feed him. It is clear that Bush needed Gonzales gone. Bush-bloggers and political pundits have been shouting “Get Gonzales Gone,” now for months. That dog would not hunt six months ago. But it’s hunting now for a replacement. It is about time.