They’re dropping like flies now. In another blow to the Bush Administration, The New York Times reports that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
will announce his resignation later has announced his resignation (update) today… and it’s about damn time. Senator Charles Schumer puts it lightly:
Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who sits on the committee and has been calling for Mr. Gonzales’s resignation for months, said this morning: “It has been a long and difficult struggle, but at last the attorney general has done the right thing and stepped down. For the previous six months, the Justice Department has been virtually nonfunctional, and desperately needs new leadership.”
Senator Schumer said that “Democrats will not obstruct or impede a nominee who we are confident will put the rule of law above political considerations.”
Gonzales has made a mockery of the law, and it’s amazing (and amazingly sad) that he has managed to hang onto his post as long as he has. Nobody with so little respect for the law should be in charge of enforcing it.
Surely Gonzales’ and Rove’s resignations are just attempts to shield the Bush Administration from the legal action that they will likely be facing. Hopefully the public won’t buy into this and let the Bush Administration avoid the brunt of the consequences of its actions.
Update: Slate has a nice roundup of the reactions from around the blogosphere.