The Department of Chaos

Good Friday wasn't so good for the Justice Department and its sinking chief, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. First came word of what Washington Post reporter Dan Eggen called "a revolt" in the Minnesota office of the U.S. Attorney when senior managers there demoted themselves back to line prosecutors rather than continue to work directly with a former Gonzales aide recently confirmed as U.S. Attorney. Then, late in the afternoon came word that Monica Goodling had resigned her post from the Department. Goodling, remember, is the high-ranking Gonzales deputy at Justice who helped choreograph the dismissal of the eight federal prosecutors. She is now known primarily for her decision to invoke her right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions from Congress about her role in the affair. When she resigned, she wrote to the Attorney General: "May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America."

It is unclear precisely what "service" Goodling was thinking about when she wrote that unfortunate line since we know from the week's news that the Attorney General isn't exactly cranking out official busines at the Justice Department these days. Instead, as the Post reported a few days ago, he has holed himself up with Republican officials to "practice" his testimony in advance of his April 17th appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (note to HBO-- perhaps consider making the hearing a Pay-Per-view event). Clearly, Gonzales' "service to America" does not include raising the morale of his prosecutors around the country or otherwise assuring them that the Department they minister isn't devolving into little more than a haven for cronies of the current administration.

Certainly three veteran Justice Department lawyers in Minnesota weren't seeing much "service" from the Attorney General. Here is what the Post's Eggen wrote about the kerfluffle there this past week: "The discontent in Minnesota centers on U.S. Attorney Rachel K. Paulose, 34, who previously worked for Gonzales and his deputy, McNulty. She is part of a wave of more than a dozen Bush administration insiders appointed as federal prosecutors over the past two years, according to government records.... Paulose has drawn complaints from taxpayer advocates for an allegedly lavish "investiture" ceremony held last month to commemorate her confirmation as U.S. attorney, although Justice officials say the cost to the department was only $225. Paulose has also gained attention for her aggressive efforts to obtain 'righteous sentences' in child pornography cases."

Gonzales' supporters, dwindling in numbers daily, argue that the turmoil at the Justice Department in Washington doesn't necessarily have to affect the work of federal prosecutors around the country. It's a crucial argument to make. But it is not a strong one and is growing weaker almost every day. That's why, Eggen reports, federal officials rushed out from Washington to Minnesota this past week to try to quell the uprising. The folks in Washington are smart enough to know that even if Gonzales can somehow survive the coming onslaught from without the Department he cannot withstand one from within. He has lost his credibility (by virue of the stories he has given about his role in the scandal), his reputation among prosecutors (by virtue of his failure or refusal to protect them from being fired) and, soon enough I suspect, his office.

By Andrew Cohen |  April 7, 2007; 8:32 AM ET agag
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As a former AUSA during the Carter/Reagan years, I can say rather confidently that during even those nationally partisan times, service in the New Orleans (EDLA) office was professional in all respects. There was no political pressure brought to bear on the attorneys or other staff. The attorneys did their jobs well and worked together regardless of personal political affilation. It is very disheartening to see the deterioraton at Main Justice and the heightened sense of partisanship at the upper levels. Mr. Gonzalez was an unfortunate and inappropriate choice for AG. His continued presence will only hasten the exit of competent people at the local USAO offices and destroy morale overall. It is well past time for him to depart, voluntarily or otherwise.

Posted by: Louis | April 7, 2007 10:14 AM

I think it's a disgrace, while I'm paying his salary he's laying low trying to get his STORY straight. Who is minding the store? If he'd just tell the truth he wouldn't need a cram session. The truth speaks for itself.
Monica... what's she affraid to talk about. The same applies to her,"the truth shall set you free". I thought religious folks were always truthful????

Posted by: medleys | April 7, 2007 10:15 AM

Gonzales is inept and ignorant just like the nonelected president who appointed him.If Gonzales was any part of a man he would resign but like Bush he will stay no matter the harm it does to the United States.Bush/Cheney are liars as well as coward's who hate our American way of life. Not only should they be impeached they should be arrested and tried as war criminal's.If we let these crook's get away with all of the law's including international law's they have broken we will never get our friend's around the world back instead we will be a laughing stock and considered coward's ourselves.

Posted by: clyde | April 7, 2007 10:19 AM

Thanks for covering the Minnesota revolt. It exemplifies the danger of Gonzales staying on as AG, and underlines his liabilities. The wind is continuing to rise, and Alberto is twisting more vigorously now. I look forward to his Congressional testimony, under oath, with a transcript.

Posted by: H5N1 | April 7, 2007 10:28 AM

When Hitler's Nazis were brought to bay, they took cyanide, or shot or hanged themselves. American Nazis, it seems, take the Fifth.

One can only speculate upon the difference in behavior: Do American Nazis take the Fifth because they're good Christians who think suicide is a sin? Do they cling to life, enduring public disgrace just to spite their tormentors? Or are they just a log of self-righteous, Bible-thumping, elitist prigs who think that concepts such as "justice" and "integrity" are (as Leona Helmsley said of taxes) only for little people?

Posted by: Jimmy Montague | April 7, 2007 10:30 AM

Its really sad. Gonzalez and his hand picked inner circle of partisan hacks masquerading as Lawyers and officers of the court have given attorneys and law enforcement officials another black eye. They are just a bunch of Neo-Con Bushies hiding behind a paper thin veil of touting family values, morality, and Christian living. Face it. They are just a bunch of con-artists and fledgling criminals. I think it is time to re-read Elmer Gantry so I can put this in perspective.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | April 7, 2007 10:36 AM

Well said Jimmy! Sometimes I feel like I'm Alice in Wonderland where nothing is as it seems. What a mess Bush has caused.

Posted by: Karin B. | April 7, 2007 10:43 AM

The Senate needs to give the God-ling woman immunity and force testimony. She will, without doubt lie. (In a good cause, as she sees it.) Then there would be an actual crime that she can refuse to testify about. Unless she is like Oliver North and really has verses, reams, and volumes of crimes to disclose and evade..

Posted by: Joseph Herbert | April 7, 2007 11:02 AM

There is suspicion that US attorney Heffelfinger of Minnesota resigned after Justice Department displeasure over his refusal to prosecute specious claims of voter fraud in Minnesota.

Voter fraud is now being seen as the domestic equivalent of WMD--a chimera, and a tool to push some political initiative highly desired by the Bushies (invasion of a foreign country, reelection of more Republicans, etc.).

Like WMD, we need to continue to push for an explanation of how this lie came to be and to exorcise it from the body politic (no pun intended) once and for all.

Posted by: Jeff in WI | April 7, 2007 11:32 AM

Does anyone believe that the issues stop at DOJ?

How has "pay for performance" (like ranking Patrick Fitzgerald as a "undistinguished" performer) been used at FBI, ATF, DEA, etc?????

Congress needs to look at the "personnel" officers, just like we are seeing ex "security" folks like Ken Senser CIA/FBI coming up in bugging cases at WalMart.

The Civil Service is DEAD, under "pay for performance" and folks like Donald Packham (BP ex who is listed as the "outsourcing" expert for the HR Association) and his crew.

It's a crime. Investigations, by Congress, must continue.

And believe me, retaliation, shredding, deleting, and intimidation are well underway throughout DOJ and FBI.

Posted by: LookDeeper | April 7, 2007 11:42 AM

If anyone alive had any doubt that the hyper-partisanship of the last six years was caused by the GOP, these numerous episodes ought to clear that up.

By installing only "loyal Bushies", whose singular focus is all things Bush, and not all things American, they can use these USA's (in swing states, no less) to promote bogus voter fraud and hand down dubious indictments of Democrats that vanish to the dust bin after the election.

They wanted to remake the judiciary, and they are remaking the people who will try the cases. It goes hand in hand.

Posted by: Lauren in NJ | April 7, 2007 11:49 AM

During his confirmation hearings, Gonzo claimed he knew the difference between serving as the president`s counselor and the impartiality needed to serve as the nation`s attorney general. This clearly has not been the case, as it is clear that he abdicted his responsiblilities and allowed Karl Rove and his minions to turn the Justice Department into their personal plaything to insure continued one-party rule with loyalty to the Fuhrer ubber alles. The torture memos should have been a dead giveaway as to how this cheap-jack punk`s mind worked and saying you don`t think all Americans are protected under habeas corpus when it is clearly stated in the Bill of Rights is tantamount to saying `I cannot uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.` Game over. He quits, or a special prosecutor is appointed and he is removed...Either way, this totalitarian crap will not stand!

Posted by: braultrl | April 7, 2007 11:57 AM

Give Gonzales a Break

Let's give Gonzales the benefit of doubt. This doe-eyed, slightly befuddled, confused middle aged man with a rabbity face does not particulary strike me as one particulary capable of planning the ouster of eight US district attorneys. He strikes me more as a pathetic creature who has risen well beyond his abilities because of some fortunate set of circumstances and not wishes out with some dignity.

Gonzales probably just went along for the ride, but then most common folks will do that. Sampson and Goodling are perhaps more malevolent and manipulative,more righteous definitely but certainly not all that bright either.

These firings are most certainly the work of that great genius Professor James Moriarty in his new incarnation as Carl Rove himself.

Posted by: Oscar Mayer | April 7, 2007 12:05 PM

All I know is that when all of these loyal Bushies try to get into their Christian heaven, they are going to have a lot of tough questions to answer to. America and the world will take a long time to undo the damage caused by these incompetent, corrupt, evil people.

Posted by: thhammer | April 7, 2007 12:06 PM

HOW DO YOU CALL PEOPLE THAT USES THE NAME OF CHRIST TO LIE AND BRING DESTRUCTION? ANTICHRIST!

Posted by: Blueyes | April 7, 2007 12:09 PM

There is one unsaid thing which has been apparent from the start of Bush's tenure: the Peter Principle, that is, these are people who have risen to their own level of incompetence. They cannot change or recognize their defects because they are simply too incompetent to do so.

Posted by: Philip D. | April 7, 2007 12:36 PM

Remember "Uncle John" Mitchell of the Nixon administration? The Congress is going to have to fully examine the Justice Department, particularly the deputies under Gonazales.
From the misconduct of Bill Clinton and George Bush ( or it is George Clinton ? ), legislation should be passed that the U.S. Attorney's term be FIVE years, and can only be removed for "cause". Though there could be constitutional issues involving separation of powers the "for cause" phrase should cause an automatic hearings in case a U.S. Attorney is removed from office.

Posted by: Peter Roach | April 7, 2007 01:06 PM

Laughable and ludicrous, this presidency.
Tragicomic beyond belief,
The words "irreparable harm" come to mind.

I am not American - during the past few years I have been present in social gatherings and professional functions where participants have specifically stated they will not attend if there are any Americans present. Several of these were friends of the USA seven years ago.

Posted by: SteinL | April 7, 2007 01:09 PM

Does it really matter what we say about this mess. Nothing is going to happen because all the Bush minions have enough money and pull that they will reshuffle the cards and some other little "mini me's" will continue with the anointment of King Bush. Clearly they are fighting to keep the damage at a minimum so the next King Bush (currently in Florida) can take over and continue to help rid the world of independent thought.

Also does anybody notice that the two people in the recent DOJ stories are both under 35? That seems a bit young for such lofty positions. How many other positions have been filled in such a manner. Seems history does repeat itself. Once again the old and cruel are getting the young and naive to do their bidding. Just like Germany and Cambodia. All hail King Bushy or is it Comrade Bush, either way you need to be shaved. YOU HAVE NO CLOTHES ON!!!!!

Posted by: GZamphir | April 7, 2007 01:10 PM

Which tabloid will have the headline "MONICA KEEPS HER MOUTH SHUT WHILE GONZO PRACTICES OPENING HIS"? What a sorry mess - the Peter Principle with a bit of right wing evangelical cronyism is rampant at the DoJ and throughout the upper echelons of the Federal Government.

Posted by: K14 | April 7, 2007 01:14 PM

It seems God is now in charge of The Minister of Justice. This Admnistration passed the line into Fascism--while it might not be violent--it still remains a dire threat to freedom, fairness, and liberty. Zealots have the freedom to be zealots-I can accept that.....but zealotry can NEVER be institutionalized, particulary within the Judicial.

Posted by: Shawn | April 7, 2007 01:21 PM

I guess that Presidents need to look out for chicks named Monica, whatever their specialties are.

Posted by: Dismayed_Spectator | April 7, 2007 01:52 PM

This dust-up in Minnesota is only the tip of the ice-berg. You need only move over one state, to Wisconsin, to get a clearer picture of what is happening to the US Attorneys around the country.

There Gonzales' Goombah, U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, used a FEDERAL court house to baada-bing STATE procurement officer Georgia Thompson.

The conviction of Thompson was so obviously wrong that the three-judge Federal Appeals Court in Chicago threw it out after only 26 minutes of oral arguments. Decisions like this custumarily take weeks!

This scournful reversal of the conviction came after an innocent women spent FOUR MONTHS in FEDERAL PRISON and lost her job, her life savings, and her dignity!!!!

Some may wonder why would a US Attorney be prosecuting a STATE employee- don't they have STATE investigators to investigate a STATE travel agency contract? Isn't there a STATE Attorney General to investigate this employee of the Democratic Governor of the STATE?

The "WHY" of it is important, but no where as important as the "WHEN" of it! And the "When" of it will more clearly reveal the "Why."

You see, Goombah Biskupic and his underlings at Big Tony's Pizzaria, aka the US Attorneys Office, brought these charges in the middle of the STATE'S gubenatorial elections. This was nothing other than an attempt to smear a Democratic Governor in the middle of his re-election campaign, nothing other than a political hit.

Why would a republican appointed Goombah want to get a republic elected governor of a STATE? Well let's see. Does the Governor influence who's appointed to hold any of the offices in the Executive Branch, like, let's see, the Secretary of State? Does the Secretary of State oversee all elections in the STATE, even FEDERAL elections? Did SOS Harris in Florida or SOS Blackwell in Ohio have anything to do with the voting irregularities in the 2000 Presidential elections in Florida and the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio?

Most Americans are now reluctantly answering yes to those questions and are now starting to see the ghastly outlines of Republican camorra that is ruling this country, that wants to infiltrate with its capos every level of government in the USA!

They are now seeing the President of the United States as he really is-- the Capo di tutti Capi of the most villanous camorra to ever try to conquer this great democracy.

Posted by: D Stilphen | April 7, 2007 01:57 PM

"I am hereby tender my resignation to. . . ."

not, I hereby resign from, not, I am tendering my resignation from, and not, I tender my resignation from.

Clearly this woman is a product of a religious based edukashun cystern like Regent University. Faith based laws, faith based grammar, and faith based politics - that is what we must correct after we get rid of the true culprits -Darth Cheney and the boy who would be king.

Gonzo's days are number. The sooner, the better our DOJ will be. Then, we must hope for the good health of congress to prevent any recess appointment of someone even worse.
Paulose' days are also number, but like Goodling, she is too stupid to see the truth of the matter.

Posted by: pastor agnostic | April 7, 2007 01:59 PM

"May God bless you richly as you continue your service to America." !!!!! . . . . My god, my god, the top assistant to the Attorney General cannot even place an adverb correctly.

Posted by: | April 7, 2007 02:03 PM

Everybody needs to read The Peter Principle(if you haven't). You can recognize them all through this administration... from the top to ... well...
So sad we are having to go through this as a people and a country. Leaders? No more! Where in the world is Condi?

Posted by: jimbeaux | April 7, 2007 02:14 PM

Condi's the most incompetent stooge of them all. I don't care if she was a child prodigy, she obviously peaked at 27 and has gone steadily downhill from there.

Posted by: Michael | April 7, 2007 03:08 PM

Republicans are pathetic, lying scumbags.

Posted by: alex henderson | April 7, 2007 03:29 PM

Andrew - please, please take a look at what's going on in Wisconsin (or ask your colleagues to do so)to see if new developments in an alleged corruption case in Wisconsin in any way relate to why US atty for the ED Wisconsin still has his job


As one of the commenters above mentioned, this week a Republican-leaning panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of a Wisconsin state employee who had been aggressively prosecuted by our US Attorney for alleged corruption relating to the hotly contested Governor's election here - It's really a stunning slap at the US Atty's office - here's a link to the story about it - www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=587510
and the audio of the oral arguments is also online- www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=587339


But someone needs to be digging deeper to see if there's a link between this prosecution and why US Atty for Eastern District of Wisconsin still has his job - This really does look like it might hook into the larger scandal.

Some background:

Numerous media reports have mentioned that there were three US attorneys who the Administration (and/or the GOP leadership) felt were not investigating voter fraud harshly enough: New Mexico (David Iglesias), Philadelphia and Wisconsin. We know the Administration got rid of Iglesias, and I can't speak about what's going on in Philly. But someone needs to look at why Wisconsin US Atty Steve Biskupic still has his job.


There was a huge GOP push in Wisconsin after 2004 elections to claim voter fraud (in Milwaukee, a heavily Democratic and minority city). US Atty Biskupic investigated and found a few minor violations, but admitted he found no evidence of systemic voter fraud. See this, from 12/5/05:
www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=375572
"The nearly yearlong investigation into voter fraud in 2004 has yielded no evidence of a broad conspiracy to try to steal an election, U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic said Monday."

This sounds like problems similar to what Iglesias was having in New Mexico.

BUT - a month or so after announcing there had not been any systemic voter fraud in 2004, Wisconsin's US Atty went on to indict, and then aggressively prosecute, a lower -level state employee, Georgia Thompson, during the hotly contested 2006 Wisconsin governor's election, for corruption due to her allegedly helping a supporter of the (Democratic) governor get a state contract. It was a nasty political issue that was used over and over by the Republicans in their bid to unseat the governor. Lots on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website - like this: www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=387485 - 1/24/06: "The indictment alleges that Adelman Travel - whose chief executive, Craig Adelman, made $10,000 in donations to Gov. Jim Doyle over a 10-month period - would not have gotten the contract without the fraud. . . Steven M. Biskupic, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, said the investigation is not over. The probe has colored the hotly contested gubernatorial race in which Doyle is trying to be the first Democrat in 30 years to be elected to a second term."

But that prosecution - and conviction - was so thin the 7th Circuit threw it out within minutes of hearing oral arguments.

So, someone with access to documents has got to look at whether outside pressure was being brought to bear on this US atty to bring such a (ridiculous) case.

Posted by: | April 7, 2007 04:04 PM

U.S. Attorney Rachel K. Paulose, 34? Directing people with 3 times her experience?

Still appointing inexperienced ideologues - they have learned nothing, _can_ learn nothing.

Of course, Paulose is richly equipped with rationalizations for the rebellion. It is not possible that she has the wrong priorities, because, you see, they really aren't hers at all - she is merely doing God's work. And any opposition - Satan is working through them. To which I respond, God save us from those who blaspheme by taking the name of the Lord in vain to justify their agenda!

Posted by: JustAnotherBlowhard | April 7, 2007 04:09 PM

This blog appears to be an invitation to hate-filled rants that pass for reasonable commentary. And it appears that those who hate Christians are fully as capable of self-righteousness as those whom they hate.

Posted by: Brent | April 7, 2007 04:14 PM

WHAT ABOUT PAUL MCNULTY???? Why is Congress and the press giving him a free pass? Not only did he LIE to Congress, but he tries to blame it on a 33 year old aide who had to resign because of his inability to get to the truth? Paul McNulty is a slimeball, unfit to hold the office of depty. Attorney General.

There will be more coming out about Paul McNulty, and his penchant for blaming others instead of himself being held responsible. He is reprehensible in the extreme, FAR worse than the hapless Gonzales, because McNulty DOES know what's going on, he just blames others for it, and gets away with it.

Posted by: Spaceexplorer | April 7, 2007 04:22 PM

This shouldn't be seen in political terms. I bet at least some of the AUSAs that declined to service the new USA in Milwaukee are Republicans.

I'm a Republican.

I'm a former AUSA.

And I -- and frankly every ex and current AUSA I know -- think the Milwaukee guys are heros.

The Dep't of Justice should not politicize the prosecutorial function in this way. That's not a Republican issue and that's not a Democrat issue. That's a good government issue.

The "revolt from within is more dangerous" comment above is spot on. I would add: there are a lot of powerful ex-AUSAs in this town and throughout the nation, and they all worked hard to do their jobs without political favor. You can't alienate them and have any sort of legitimacy.

Some times the case is over even before the jury has gone to deliberate.

Here, it's really over. The Attorney General has lost the confidence of the AUSA community.

Posted by: Nancy | April 7, 2007 04:22 PM

Well Brent my boy...that's your defense of Christianity? The other guys hate as much as we do? Whatever happened to "They will know we are Christians by our love?" I ama follower of the teachings of Jesus (if the rest of these folk are Christians, I want to make a clear distiction). I do not think he would be too happy with that defense, or with very much else that is going on. You will note that he did not pick the preachers and theologians of his day (Pharisees and Sadducees) as his first followers.....

Posted by: Tim Connor | April 7, 2007 04:26 PM

Brent, you know why I'm not a Republican? Because I believe in Jesus

Posted by: Michael | April 7, 2007 04:30 PM

Nancy

It's the MINNEAPOLIS folks who are heros (not the Milwaukee guys . . . those still need some looking at, look up a couple posts).

And agreed. Not all Repubs are bad. but the current system of cronyism is completely out of control.

Posted by: | April 7, 2007 04:33 PM

This is wonderful.Goodling is a bonus. We will be able to extend this mess for weeks. What an ideal issue for us Dems. We can make an almost daily dump of dung on this administration as the D.O.J. folly unfolds. This is a win-win. There is no defense for the politization of law enforcement. There are no answers to our charges. Just keep Gonzo in place.

Posted by: c. perry | April 7, 2007 04:51 PM

I want to know kow Clyde got apostrophes to post. Has WaPo fixed that "'" bug ?

Posted by: Brian | April 7, 2007 05:03 PM

George,
I do not know you.
When I was hungry, you cancelled food stamps to allow tax breaks for the rich.
When I was in prison, you authorized "alternative interrogation techniques."
I have no place for you here at the bosom of the Creator. You will fit in better with the Pharisses of 2000 years ago, as you are of the Pharisees of the 21st Century.

Posted by: Jesus Christ | April 7, 2007 05:17 PM

Another Republican incompetent heading up a U.S. Attorney's office. This 34-year-old's qualifications--neocon, slavish devotion to her real boss Rove, no meaningful experience, thinks she knows more than the veterans around her--in short, just like the rest of the Republican losers, rookies, cronies, and idealogues that this administration values so much. Kudos to those who demoted rather than sacrifice their ethics and personal honor working as managers for their idiot boss, Paulose.

Posted by: mikeasr | April 7, 2007 05:59 PM

Clyde, I couldn't have said it better myself, except skip the impeachment and go directly to a war crimes trial for all those at the top, Bush and Cheny first.

Posted by: George | April 7, 2007 07:29 PM

George is right ... Let's make sure the whole team leaves office in handcuffs on their way to the war crimes tribunal they so richly deserve...

Posted by: Dave S | April 7, 2007 08:14 PM

It's worth remembering that Nixon's downfall started with a second rate burglary. We can only hope the Dems will take up impeachment once the truth is known about how extensively the DOJ has been used as a Republican political machine.

Posted by: rpa | April 7, 2007 08:17 PM

Well, let's take a moment to review, shall we? A pleasant-appearing, dolt of a man is appointed president by a Supreme Court tilted 5-4 in his party's direction; the nation he leads is attacked 8 months into his presidency; he continues to read childrens stories for 7 minutes, with the classic deer in the headlights look about him, going from one air force base to another before finally returning to Washington some 7 or 8 hours after the attack; his anti-Christ vice president tells him that, "hey babe, this is your ticket to re-election (or should we just say "election" since he wasn't really elected in 2000); all you have to do is sound like the tough Texas cowboy you think you are, and bomb the hell out of some poor slobs in the middle east;" we get into a war with a country that we had no business getting into, it was sold to us on a bed of lies and deceptions the likes of which this country has probably never seen before; the supposed "slam-dunk" 2 week war is now a 4 year old quagmire; one of the finest cities in America is decimated by hurricanes and floods, and the government of the U.S. still hasn't adequately responded; and now, the brown-nosing Attorney General of the United States, who only has a job because the only one more incompetent than him is his boss, can't remember whether or not he was involved in firing people that he had every right to fire... I swear to God, if someone had only written all of this down... Don't ever, ever, EVER tell me again that your vote doesn't matter!! Al Gore must wake up everyday wanting to shoot himself; surely, he must look in the mirror every morning and say; "I lost to HIM!!!???!!!"

Posted by: Mike | April 7, 2007 08:18 PM

See, President Monkeyface? I told you Jesus was not going to be happy with you. Read his post again if you don*t believe me.

Posted by: fool_superior | April 7, 2007 09:02 PM

Mike: That was great!

Posted by: c. perry | April 7, 2007 09:37 PM

*And it appears that those who hate Christians are fully as capable of self-righteousness as those whom they hate.*

We have a better basis for it, after years of observation.

Posted by: thrh | April 7, 2007 10:59 PM

*Goodling is a bonus.* You couldn't invent such a poster child! No meaningful education, high-level government job, political hack work! I mean; if someone wanted to catalogue the evils of the Bush administration, she is pretty much it. Except that she didn't have the opportunity to lie about WMDs or Valerie Plame.

Posted by: Tom | April 7, 2007 11:03 PM

Monica, huh? She got a little blue dress?

Posted by: thrh | April 7, 2007 11:05 PM

Mr. Gonzales is the fox watching the henhouse. Having him run the Justice Department is as ludicrous as would be instituting resident self-government in a prison. To say that it is long past time for him to go would be such an understatement. My God, like so many other dodgey Bush appointees the man never should have been there in the first place.

Posted by: | April 8, 2007 01:49 AM

Interesting... Goodling, a Bible-thumping, Regent Law School-educated, anti-Constitution lackey of this administration, whose head once called the Constitution "a G-d piece of paper", choosing the 5th Amendment over the 9th Commandment.

Posted by: | April 8, 2007 04:31 PM

You know, I hate to burst everybodies bubble but the reason we got stuck w/ Fredo and Monica et al is Bush. And who put Bush in this position?
It isn't all Scalia's fault.
Next time, think before you vote. Just because he seems like a nice guy to have a beer with doesn't mean you should let him drive your car.

Posted by: tom | April 8, 2007 05:30 PM

Dismayed_Spectator said:

"I guess that Presidents need to look out for chicks named Monica, whatever their specialties are."

Ultimately, the two Monicas who come to mind had the same "speciality," if you catch my drift.

Posted by: Cranky Media Guy | April 8, 2007 09:12 PM

This is a criminal administration that is behind repeated burglaries of administration critics. The Bushies hate America and all it stands for. They want to make it into Jesustan. Instead of earning a living they loot and burglarize others. They racketeer and assassinate and obstruct justice. They are fighting against freedom. Yes they torture Americans on US soil. Yes, they spy on Americans and have a database in Houston that makes Brezhnev's USSR look like the land of liberty by way of comparison. And Bush's election-stealing tricks are also practiced for Bush to install evangelicals and Bushmonkeys in foreign governments around the world. There is no defense for the politicization of law enforcement. The Geneva Convention is quaint for those who would dare mix cronyism and government. Bush has the NSA to conduct his burglaries of Americans so there are no second rate burglaries. His crimes are so vast it seems trivial just to focus on cronyism or The Fredo Bandito.

Posted by: Dredd | April 8, 2007 09:35 PM

I feel sorry for Gonzales - his face holds an expression of a rabit caught in the headlight - one looks into the man's eyes and sees nothing except the back of his head.

Posted by: Joe | April 8, 2007 11:11 PM

They are "Lawmakers", they are just "Making" the "Law".

Posted by: Bill MacLeod | April 9, 2007 02:54 AM

Can we have Eliot Spitzer instead?

Posted by: Bert | April 9, 2007 05:23 AM

Several commenters have referred to the case in Wisconsin. It is a really bad one : a state employee was imprisoned and lost all her saving and reputation. The audio of the appeal is available and it is chilling: the judges clobbered Biskupic the US Attorney and tore his case to shreds. Andrew, you should post that audio here. The shocking thing is that the judges ordered the release of the woman by the close of business that day even before rendering a written judgement. That is what one gets when one tries to use the justice system for political ends. The Republicans and Rovians have lost all trust and should be called to account by Congress.

Posted by: Alan | April 9, 2007 07:02 AM

Remember Jim O'Beirne and the Coalition Provisional Authority Patronage Scam in Iraq? It's not just the US Attorneys who've been corrupted; it's the entire Executive, Congressional, and Judicial branches of the US government. No US Attorney will be able to shake the taint of this Attorney General or this Executive. The realization of Bush's poisonous influence on the body-politic in this country is just now dawning on some Republicans, but most Americans are sick to death of this President and his deranged, delusional, and depraved administration. They have cost us our treasury, our national pride, our Constitution, and our sons and daughters. They have stolen our country, and they have ravaged another.

Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq
Early U.S. Missteps in the Green Zone

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 17, 2006; A01

Adapted from "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, copyright Knopf 2006

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/16/AR2006091600193.html

Posted by: Suzanne | April 9, 2007 01:11 PM

God! you people are so stupid!
Newt Gingrich is the same man who said
Spanish Is The Language Of Living In A Ghetto. so its no wonder he wants Gonzales to step down. Newt's a racist.

Spanish is spoken by millions worldwide, most of whom don't live in ghettos. its the second most spoken language by number of native speakers. and is estimated that the combined total of native and non-native Spanish speakers is 400-480 million, probably making it the third most spoken language by total number of speakers."

Gingrich's statement is also untrue; a bilingual education is the road to prosperity in a pluralistic society.

Posted by: Mr.x | April 9, 2007 09:39 PM

Gonzalez is lying, but then is anyone really surprised by the cover -- ups instigated by this administration.

Posted by: TCD | April 9, 2007 10:15 PM

ALL departments in the GWBush administration are havens for cronies. Never forget the most important *qualification* for high-level appointments is--TA DA!--LOYALTY! You can be a semi-literate refugee from a quasi-certified but very religious *law* school and receive a high-level appointment in the Bush administration as long as you have superlative butt-kissing skills. The *GWB = GOD* tatoo is optional but recommended.

Posted by: cody mccall | April 10, 2007 11:36 PM

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