There he was: The President of the United States - The First Fool - standing in the shadow of Marine One, the presidential helicopter, bemoaning how shameful it was that Alberto Gonzalez had been forced to resign because of nothing more than a political witch hunt. After all the good work the Attorney General had done for the American people - that something like this could possibly happen to so good and upstanding a man. How can those evil-doing Democrats even sleep at night?
Talk about a fait accompli! Alberto Gonzalez is just one more in a deck of jokers, this house of marked cards which is collapsing of its own weight all around this incomparably, murderously corrupt and incompetent administration. Last week it was Karl Rove who got out of Dodge while the getting was good. Who do you think will be the one to skip town next week? Unlike George W. Bush, these people aren't totally stupid. They know that the trillion dollar shithammer is about to pulverize this disgusting White House into dust. They know that the scam that they arrogantly thought they could put over on We, The People - is being uncovered and exposed for all it's worth. Trust me on this one campers: They don't want to be found within a thousand miles of DC when that happens! They've left Dubya to twist - agonizingly - in the wind. Soon he'll be out there, all alone; left to be held accountable for the crimes against humanity that were committed in his name and under his orders. The gavel of history will soon be crashing down upon Bush - and I'm going to love every freaking minute of it.
The evidence surrounding the firing of the eight U.S. Attorneys last year is as shocking as it is voluminous: They were relieved of their duties because they either refused to persecute Democrats who were guilty of nothing, or they insisted on prosecuting Republicans who were guilty of everything! As Greg Palast observed just yesterday, Joe Stalin did that sort of thing. Saddam Hussein did that sort of thing. Who would have ever dreamed that something like that could happen in the USA? (Actually, it has happened a number of times in our nation's history. For a good point of reference, pick up a book about Sacco and Vanzetti). But the practice of political persecution is an old Karl Rove specialty. As the late, great Molly Ivins once said, "That's sooo Rove 101." Before he brought his twisted little act to Washington, Rove - as republican King maker in the state of Texas - used his enormous influence to initiate the prosecutions of a number of Democrats who were probably guilty of nothing - two of whom in particular wound up going to state prison.
What has been happening for the last six and a half years in the Justice Department is nothing more than the Karl Rove Show going national. When the final chapter on the Bush era is written (and it's being written at this very moment, make no mistake about it) Alberto Gonzalez will be written off as a pathetic, impotent little "yes" man. It was Rove, with George W. Bush's approval, who was really calling the shots. If poor little Alberto is smart (wishful thinking, I know, just bear with me) he'll cut an immunity deal with the Congress and tell them everything. If he doesn't, sooner or later some underling at Justice will. Call it a hunch, but I have this sneaking feeling that there are an awful lot of potential John Deans out there who are just itching to spill a bowl full of some extremely nasty tasting beans.
That Gonzalez is covering up for some serious crimes, only a fool would deny. It's already been established beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as White House council, he bypassed acting Attorney General James Comey and tried to get John Ashcroft who was extremely ill and under sedation, to sign off on the infamous (illegal) wiretapping scheme. As sick as he was, Ashcroft (and I can't believe I'm even writing this) acted nobly and refused to have anything to do with the deal. During testimony before the Senate earlier this month, when confronted by Senator Arlen Spector with the fact that the sedated Ashcroft wasn't even legally the Attorney General at the time of this hospital room confrontation, Gonzalez came back with the pathetic response that Ashcroft could have reclaimed his powers anytime he wished.
And speaking of Senate testimony, please tell me: how many times in one four hour period have you ever said, "I don't remember" or "I can't recall". If we are to believe his testimony, he is either the most incompetent Attorney General in history, or the man has the IQ of a half eaten box of Milk Duds. Come to think of it, I suspect that it's probably a little bit of both. Or maybe he's lying! Now there's a novel idea!
And now for the big question: What sort of contemptible political hack will George W. Bush try to install as a recess appointment while Congress is away on vacation? Here's my scenario - they'll try to find someone who is a retired politician with a little experience in the law (violating it). Maybe an ex-senator or congressman or - BETTER STILL! - a former governor! Yeah! That's the ticket! Now who can we find? Hmm...How 'bout...How 'bout - FORMER GOVERNOR JEB BUSH FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA!!! WHAT A NEAT IDEA!!! Naturally the Democrats and even a few intelligent Republicans (there are some out there, believe it or not) will fly into a rage. Instantaneously, the Republican National Committee will issue the talking points which the neanderthals of Hate Radio will recite in unison: What a bunch of hypocrites these Democrats are! After all, President Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby as Attorney General in 1961 - and both of them are now viewed as sainted Democrat icons!
Is the Bush Mob actually brazen enough to try to pull off something that obvious? Absolutely they are. Will they dare try it? Who knows? But of this you may be absolutely certain: They're thinking about it.
To Bob O'Connor (1930-2007) who passed away this week just one month shy of his 77th birthday:
You were one of the greatest men I ever knew. Thank you for a wonderful life, well lived and nobly spent. Thank you for your wit. Thank you for your love of family and friends. I'll sleep a little more soundly tonight knowing that you and Jack Degan are together again. We love you and we'll miss you forever.
Cheer! Cheer for old Notre Dame!