Short version - he'll do whatever he damn pleases, and the American public can go to hell.
Legal eagle Andrew Cohen uses many more words:
Twenty-four-and-one-half pages into a 26-page speech he is prepared to give Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales finally found the time and space to briefly share with lawmakers his latest views on the U.S. Attorney scandal--the "politicization of hiring in the Department" he labels it with a false sense of detachment.
"I believe very strongly that there is no place for political considerations in the hiring of our career employees or in the administration of justice," the Attorney General writes. "As such, the allegations of such activity have been troubling to hear. From my perspective, there are two options available in light of these allegations. I could walk away or I could devote my time, effort and energy to fix the problems. Since I have never been one to quit, I decided that the best course of action was to remain here and fix the problems. That is exactly what I am doing."
No one is fooled any longer by Gonzales' Captain Renaud imitation. Surely he is not really shocked--SHOCKED!--to find his Justice Department politicized. After all, he is one of the people who helped politicize it. It was Gonzales who failed to protect career professionals at Justice; it was Gonzales who encouraged or tolerated the hiring practices that brought partisan hacks into the Department at the expense of non-partisan veterans. And it was Gonzales who allowed his patrons at the White House to turn Justice into just another arm of Karl Rove's political machinery.
"Since I have never been one to quit, I decided that the best course of action was to remain here and fix the problems. That is exactly what I am doing." Bullshit.
This pompous jackass has done nothing except obfuscate and cover up for Rove and his cronies from the get-go. He's done NOTHING to set this matter right, and all he's done now is prove himself to be another White House liar. Who's surprised by this?
UPDATE: Cohen says more in a new column:
Gonzo on the Hill: A Comedic Tragedy
Forget about the politicization of the Justice Department. Forget about the falling morale there. Forget about the rise in violent crime in some of our biggest cities. Forget about the events leading up to the U.S. Attorney scandal and the way he has handled the prosecutor purge since. Forget about the Department's role in allowing warrantless domestic surveillance. Forget about the contorted and contradictory accounts he's offered before in his own defense.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales deserves to be fired for his testimony Tuesday alone; for morphing into Jon Lovitz's famous "pathological liar" character (or maybe just one of the Marx Brothers) as he tried to dodge and duck responsibility before the Senate Judiciary Committee not just for his shameful leadership at Justice but also his shameless role in visiting an ailing John Ashcroft in the hospital to try to strong-arm him into renewing the warrantless surviellance program. Can anyone out there remember a worse, less-inspiring, less confidence-inducing performance on Capitol Hill? I cannot.
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