Today's Hot Topics: Bring Me The Head of Alberto Gonzales
Alberto Gonzales Resigns: The NYT praises the impending departure of the Bush administration's embattled attorney general. "But his departure alone cannot remove the dark cloud that hangs over the justice department," the editors write, urging the President to nominate "a new attorney general of unquestioned integrity".... The LAT seconds that emotion, saying President Bush should "look for the opposite of Alberto R. Gonzales".... The editorial board of the WSJ thinks other qualities are more important in Gonzales' replacement, arguing that "Mr. Bush needs above all an AG willing to explain and defend his policies on the vital and related areas of Presidential power and the war on terror".... The USA Today joins the WSJ and the NYT in focusing on what's next for the justice department, arguing that the search for a replacement would be "best expanded beyond the president's circle of buddies".... In the WaPo, the editors say that Mr. Gonzales "distinguished himself most as a Bush loyalist, never grasping that as attorney general his fealty to the rule of law had to trump his loyalty to the president".... In the NYT, David Brooks says that Alberto Gonzales "lacked the experience, the professional stature and the insider knowledge required of a good attorney general. He was part of an administration that was unthinkingly hostile to elite opinion, even when the elites were making sense".... In the LAT, Jonah Goldberg writes that Gonzales was "the most self-involved attorney general in modern memory".... The WaPo columnists weigh in, too. E.J. Dionne writes that this is "only the beginning of accountability, not the end of it." Ruth Marcus compares Mr. Gonzales to Melville's "maddening scrivener" Bartleby. And Jamie Gorelick sets out "10 priorities that would help the next attorney general guide the department back on course".... Finally, the USA Today prints the President's comments on Gonzales' resignation in its "opposing view" section of the editorial page.
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