Alberto GonzalesSo all the conservatives (with the apparent exception of Rash Lumbago) are pushing to get rid of poor Alberto Gonzales because the Justice Department did such a lousy job of firing those US attorneys. What a sea change!

Bull. Yes, Gonzales is inept. Is that why they want him gone? Of course not. Conservatives have never liked Gonzales, so they’re fine with making him the scapegoat in this affair. That way, they can not only ditch an AG they’ve never felt had the right right-wing credentials, but they can shut down the scandal. The fact is that the cover up is all about how the White House has taken the Department of Justice and turned it into a wing of the RNC, not how the DOJ made a mess of the records of the firing of political appointees who serve “at the pleasure of the president.”

Yes, Gonzales should go, because he’s lousy at his job, because he thinks the Geneva Conventions are “quaint,” because he was instrumental in dropping Habeas Corpus, because of torture, rendition, lying to Congress, and because he acts based on the perspective of seeing himself as Bush’s lawyer, not the country’s top officer of the law. But getting rid of Gonzales shouldn’t be the last word in a very real scandal that conservatives would have you think is a tempest in a teapot. This is much bigger than one incompetent AG.

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