From Scot Horton of Harper's:
For those of you who missed the (full) testimony of Alberto Gonzales before the Judiciary Committee, I'd recommend making the effort to catch it on a C-SPAN rebroadcast. There's simply no way to adequately describe the whole scene: that creepy, evasive visage, calmly churning out falsehood after falsehood. You have to keep reminding yourself--this man is the attorney general of the United States. He is the physical embodiment of an idea. At this point no one, Democrat or Republican, would argue that he is highly qualified to hold the position he now occupies, that he is the obvious choice among America's legions of lawyers to be the attorney general. He was chosen and installed as the exaltation of personal loyalty and fidelity over all other traits, especially intelligence, honesty, loyalty to the law and especially the Constitution. Gonzales stands for the willingness to lie and dissemble in order to protect his patron; he is the ultimate and absolute politicization of high office. His selection and installation reflect the values of a tyranny, not a democracy.
And yesterday, Gonzales served up more whoppers than a Burger King during the midday rush....After all, Fredo is perjuring himself serially to protect Bush's brain, Karl Rove--an ultimate act of self-sacrifice. But that pardon will apply only to crimes committed up to that point, and Fredo, no doubt, has a large number of crimes yet to commit. He seems to believe that being Attorney General, he has a license to perjure himself as much as he likes before Congress. And at this point it's reasonably clear that Bush agrees. That's all that matters.
If I were advising Fredo's defense team, (for perjury and other charges) I would strongly advise against having Fredo take the stand. He may in fact occasionally tell the truth. But even when he says "My name is Alberto Gonzales," it sounds like a lie....
Robert Conquest wrote that the Soviet Union was the only nation with a completely unpredictable past. But meet Alberto Gonzales. He was extremely busy rewriting history today, and it now appears that when he raises his hand and swears an oath, there's no telling which version of the past will appear next...
'The Los Angeles Times' has further commentary on Gonzales' testimony.
Gonzales said he wanted to stay at the Justice Department to fix problems that have surfaced during his tenure, including evidence that politics has infected hiring practices at the department.
But lawmakers said Gonzales was the principal problem
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