Monday, August 27, 2007

Pass the butter, Abu's toast

Abu Gonzales throws in the towel:

"Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning, Bush administration officials said, after months of accusations that he politicized the U.S. Justice Department and misled Congress over the firing of federal prosecutors and wiretapping of suspected terrorists.

Gonzales will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Washington time. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the administration's top courtroom lawyer, is expected to take over on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement is named, Justice Department officials said. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a former department lawyer and federal judge, is a leading candidate to replace Gonzales, officials said."


When I saw it over at CC's I literally screamed. For months I've been waiting for it, hoping for it, predicting it, prognosticating it, and ultimately, wondering why it hasn't happened yet and (almost) giving up on it.

Abu's presser was nothing -- as soon as he said something about "protecting rights and civil liberties", I kind of stopped listening. And no questions, of which there are many: did he jump or was he pushed? Who's left? (Georgie, Cheney.) Who's next? (Cheney, health reasons.) What secrets is Abu taking with him? When will his book come out and how much of it will be a total fabrication?

This housecleaning is clearly in preparation for the 2008 election, which the Republicans are almost guaranteed to lose thanks to the Bush Administration. Nothing short of a clean sweep will help them, though, so badly have they besmirched the Republican brand.

Paranoid Update: They're doing this at the start of a news cycle. What are they trying to distract us from?