Oh snap! Gonzales is doing his bug on a pin routine so effectively that for a minute I started to feel sorry for him. Poor little man, all alone in the middle of that gaudy casino carpet, saying he didn't get to where he got by quitting -- so he'll let others do the quitting for him. How very -- Bushian of him.
He takes full responsibility for the "mistakes" that someone (like his Chief of Staff, like Harriet Meirs) made in the way the Gonazles Eight were fired -- but he'll be sticking around to keep doing a job for (on) the American people. More!
It's the all-too-familiar Bushy two-step. Actually, there are two steps to their two-step.
Step one is complete denial, cover-up and lies -- something they probably call Operation Truth, but I'll call BS. The response to Abu Ghraib, for instance, was pure BS. No one on high knew anything about it -- surely not Rummy -- so it was just a few miscreants at play, not a US policy. Gen. Janis Karpinski took the fall as did the sadistic lovebirds Graner and Englund, who are now doing time, while Rummy -- who had ultimate responsibility for this most sickening and destructive chapter in American history, for the whole frickin' novel of the Iraq war in fact -- enjoys spring skiing on the powdery slopes of Aspen. He should be in the slammer with Graner and Englund, where we could let them work their magic.
Step two of the Bushy two-step hasn't lightened up on the BS, it's just added a new dimension to it -- a paper-thin pretense of responsibility.
Sometime around the approach of the midterm elections, as the notion of Democrats with subpoenas began to sink in, so did the idea of adopting Harry Truman to be Dubya's spiritual mentor. So the "manly" admissions of mistakes began, a feint meant to distract, with absolutely no changes in policy -- unless you count the Surge, compounding your mistakes by going in deeper. Or without consequences -- unless you're the toady tossed off the bus.
Well, Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was steamin' on various news shows, and he's going to drag in the whole sorry lot of them -- Gonzales, fired aide Kyle Sampson and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to testify. Leahy said he hadn't decided whether to call presidential adviser Karl Rove, who is said to have relayed complaints about some prosecutors to Miers and possibly to Gonzales. "We will have hearings and there will be subpoenas, and people will be under oath.'' Hee-haw.
What a difference that 51-49 Democratic majority makes. Can you imagine what any of this would be like if the Republics were still in charge? Well, yeah, as a matter of fact, it would all be swept under that gharish Gonzales carpet. Think WMD, Abu Ghraib, Katrina, Halliburton . . .
This is better. So stay healthy and safe you Dems. Eat well, avoid small planes, and watch your back. You're not perfect, but you're all we've got.