Monday, April 09, 2007

Gonzo Death Watch

The latest news on Alberto Gonzalez:

1. Even Newt Gingrich, that paragon of partisanship, is now saying he has to go.

“You know, the buck has to stop somewhere, and I’m assuming it’s the attorney general and his immediate team,” he said. Asked whether Mr. Gonzales should resign, Mr. Gingrich replied, “I cannot imagine how he is going to be effective for the rest of this administration.”

“I think the country, in fact, would be much better served to have a new team at the Justice Department, across the board,” added Mr. Gingrich, who is reported to be considering a run for the presidency.

2. He's been a total disaster in sessions designed to prepare him for his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony:

During the March 23 session in the A.G.'s conference room, Gonzales was grilled by a team of top aides and advisers—including former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie and former White House lawyer Tim Flanigan—about what he knew about the plan to fire seven U.S. attorneys last fall. But Gonzales kept contradicting himself and "getting his timeline confused," said one participant who asked not to be identified talking about a private meeting. His advisers finally got "exasperated" with him, the source added. "He's not ready," Tasia Scolinos, Gonzales's public-affairs chief, told the A.G.'s top aides after the session was over, said the source.

Tick tick tick . . .


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