A few more pieces on the Bush Crony Resigns breaker… When the official announcement is made, the Shrub probably will say something along the lines of “he did a heckuva job.”:
The top US law enforcement officer, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, announced his resignation Monday after months of allegations he was behind politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors. Gonzales told reporters at a press conference that he informed Bush of his decision on Sunday and that his last day in office will be September 17. US President George W Bush, who has stood by his justice minister, was expected to make remarks later from his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
When historians look back upon the disastrous tenure of Alberto R. Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States they will ask not only why he merited the job in the first place but why he lasted in it as long as he did.
By any reasonable standard, the Gonzales Era at the Justice Department is void of almost all redemptive qualities. He brought shame and disgrace to the Department because of his lack of independent judgment on some of the most vital legal issues of our time. And he brought chaos and confusion to the Department because of his lack of respectable leadership over a cabinet-level department among the most important in the nation.
He neither served the longstanding role as “the people’s attorney” nor fully met and tamed his duties and responsibilities to the Constitution. He was a man who got the job not because he was supremely qualified or notably well-respected among the leading legal lights of our time, but because he had faithfully and with blind obedience served President George W. Bush for years in Texas (where he botched clemency memos in death penalty cases) and then as White House counsel (where he botched the nation’s legal policy on torture).
Political Musical Chairs, Japanese Style: Housecleaning continues for Japan PM Shinzo Abe, who’s still coping with his Liberal Democratic Party’s July beating in upper house elections. In the latest moves, the country’s foreign, defense, finance, internal affairs, justice, environment and health ministers — as well as the Chief Cabinet Secretary — will be among those replaced. Next up, a rebuilding of the LDP.
Olympic Blaze: Four days of raging forest fires in Greece have left 63 people dead, the grounds of the ancient Oly,mpic Games site scorched, and 32 suspects in detention. Officials say seven are charged with starting the fires through either intention or negligence.
VA GOPster Considers Iraq Pullout: Sen. John Warner says that if George W. Bush continues his refusal to set a timetable for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, he may have to “evaluate” the idea of siding with Democrats on the issue. The Virginia Republican sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Keep Yer Hanging Chads: US Democratic Party officials say Florida may get no say in choosing the party’s presidential nominee.
Yeah, Journalists Are Upopular, But This Is Overkill: Ten people are under arrest in Russia over the murder of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
Calling Compassionate Conservatives: New research shows human embryonic stems cells can repair damaged heart muscle, improve heart function, and slow the progression of heart failure.
US Recession Coming?: Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says the nation may be facing a massive recession and warns of risks “greater than they’ve been any time since the period in the aftermath of 9/11.”