Friday, May 18, 2007

A few words on Gonzales and the Bush machine

I assume by now that everyone and his pet dog has witnessed this video of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey's testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Seems to me that we've moved way beyond Gonzales here. He's clearly a political hack - we've known that at least since his confirmation hearing. It's now been proven over and over again. He should be GONE.

But I'm worried a bit that the focus on removing Gonzales is taking heat off of the true culprits here - and by that I mean Bush, Rove, and Cheney, as well as their entire inner circle.

It seems that the mounting evidence for impeaching the entire lot of them is far, far stronger than anything they had on Nixon. The difference is, Nixon had a vestige of respect for the traditional ways of doing business in Washington. When he saw the handwriting on the wall, he bowed out. The emperor has no respect for Congress, none for the unwritten rules of DC conduct, and none for the rule of law. And the worse things get, the less Bush has to lose by clinging to power by whatever means possible. And I mean whatever.

I do not understand the republicans' willingness to continue to enable the administration to CYA. I do not, frankly, understand why every dem senator and rep isn't standing up and talking every chance they get about the administration's criminality.

It just boggles the mind. I honestly don't know where we go from here. I hate to be the wet blanket, but even if Gonzales decides at this point to spend more time with his family, will anyone feel satisfied that justice has been done?

[UPDATE]: Glenn Greenwald has been the best source for thoughtful analysis of this story from the start. He was a guest on Christopher Lydon's Open Source last night for a discussion of the Comey matter. I haven't heard it yet, but the podcast is sure to be excellent.

[UPDATE II]: Just listened to the Open Source podcast, and it's a hair-raising must. Something about all those scholarly lawyers talking about subversion of the Constitution...

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