Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

More senators are openly expressing their concern regarding Alberto Gonzales’ lack of integrity and his fitness to serve as this nation’s Attorney General. The clock is ticking until the fine day when we finally shed this scumbag Attorney General …

“We have to have an attorney general who is candid and truthful. And if we find out he’s not been candid and truthful, that’s a very compelling reason for him not to stay on,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said Gonzales “does have a credibility problem. … We govern with one currency, and that’s trust. And that trust is all important. And when you lose or debase that currency, then you can’t govern. And I think he’s going to have some difficulties.”

That’s an understatement!

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Gonzales has been “wounded” by the firings. `He has said some things that just don’t add up,” said Graham, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Additionally, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for Gonzales to step down over his conflicting statements on how involved he was in the dismissals last fall. Democrats contend the prosecutors’ firings were politically motivated.

In the midst of the gathering firestorm, Gonzales continues to maintain that the dismissals were deserved, that he relied on his chief of staff Kyle Sampson to target the dismissals, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary — evidence such as the fact that Sampson was recommending Washington State US Attorney John McKay for a promotion one month before he was unceremoniously sacked.

“And yet we find so many e-mails that contradict what the attorney general has said, contradict what the deputy attorney general has said, contradict what the White House has said. Mr. Sampson’s right in the middle of it,” said Leahy, D-Vt. “We’re going to ask him under oath. … I want him to say exactly what happened.”

Maybe we should start placing bets into an office pool as to when Gonzales will resign? I bet he’ll resign Tuesday at 2 pm EST. What’s your bet?

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  1. #1 coturnix
    March 25, 2007

    Friday. All big news break on Friday. That is how GOP operates.

  2. #2 GrrlScientist
    March 25, 2007

    on second thought, i want to change my bet to friday, too, at 2 pm EST. the concensus among my politically-minded pals suggests that he’ll resign on friday.

  3. #3 Another Kevin
    March 25, 2007

    2pm? Nonsense. After the markets close. Cheney doesn’t want any blips in his stock prices.

  4. #4 GrrlScientist
    March 25, 2007

    okay, friday, 5 pm EST. does everyone agree with this?

  5. #5 decrepitoldfool
    March 25, 2007

    I must admit to some trepidation as to who will replace him. The flightsuit-in-chief doesn’t have the best record of picking top personnel (Gonzales himself being an example to say nothing of “Brownie”)

  6. #6 certhia
    March 25, 2007

    Late Friday sounds good, but there may be interesting rantings & discoveries before then, making it a hot week… and doesn’t a possible replacement need to be confirmed by the Senate? (heh heh heh)

  7. #7 Certhia
    March 25, 2007

    ooops, just found this dandy little article in yesterday’s Boston Globe… enjoy.
    Gonzales Should Be Impeached (hey, gotta start somewhere!)

  8. #8 GrrlScientist
    March 25, 2007

    anna nicole smith’s autopsy report will be released monday. how much do you want to bet this is a ploy to distract the simple-minded media away from Karl Rove/Alberto Gonzales?

    okay, maybe not. maybe it is a coincidence. but on the other hand, how much do you want to bet that it will distract the simple-minded media from more important things anyway?

  9. #9 Baratos
    March 25, 2007

    April Fool’s Day. Even Republicans have a sense of humor.

  10. #10 The Library Diva
    March 25, 2007

    I predict he will hang on exactly one week longer than you guys predict, to give the few members of the press still inclined towards sympathy a nice persecution-and-termination metaphor.

  11. #11 Jonathan Vos Post
    March 25, 2007

    It’ll be a longer dirtier fight than you guys are thinking.

    I’d put my money on 8 August 2007, the anniversary of the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.

    He had one heck of an Attorney General too, as you’ll recall…

  12. #12 Coin
    March 26, 2007

    Does the fact that Sampson resigned when the scandal first broke mean that he’s no longer protected by this “Executive Privilige” thing and the Congress can just go ahead and subpoena him without a court battle?

  13. #13 Barry
    March 26, 2007

    Remember that Specter’s guy was one of the conspirators. Graham was a supporter of the Bush torture bill.

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