Who will abandon President Bush next? Is there any truth to the rumor that Secretary Chertoff will replace Gonzales as Attorney General?
Here’s the story:
Alberto Gonzales, the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence.
And President Bush’s response:
“After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position and I accept his decision,” Bush said from Texas, where he is vacationing.
Speculation about his replacement:
Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors, though a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for Australia, and Gonzales’ replacement might not be named by then, the official said.
I’m just glad that Gonzales didn’t use the “spending more time with my family” line.
“It has been one of my greatest privileges to lead the Department of Justice,” Gonzales said, announcing his resignation effective Sept. 17 in a terse statement. He took no questions and gave no reason for stepping down.
Bush said the attorney general’s “good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.” Though some Republicans echoed the president’s veiled slap at Democrats, Gonzales had few defenders left in Washington.
This will not have the effect that the left hopes for. The new Attorney General will be a strong one, unlike the damaged Gonzales. Leftist heads will soon be exploding.