RIP Philo

who replaces the AG?

Andrew Sullivan raises a very good question about the White House's likely need to find a new Attorney General. A logical person to replace Gonzales might be Deputy AG McNulty. But he's as implicated as his boss. So he's out. So is Bush loyalist Harriet Miers. So she's out too. In fact, most of the Bush insiders who are legal types are implicated. And even setting aside particular people, the senate would probably look very askance on another Bush pal as AG.

The political logic of the situation (ethical logic too, but we're far past that point, aren't we?) strongly suggests that the White House should tap a broadly respected lawyer public figure who can reestablish trust in the Department.

But can the president afford to have someone like that at the Justice Department right now? With all the investigations and potential investigations in play? A straight-shooter who will have justice's back rather than the White House?

This might be the only factor weighing in favor of Gonzales holding on to his job.
Permalink zed 
March 16th, 2007 10:24pm
Just keep nominating people he knows the Senate won't confirm. He's only got 21 months to go...
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 12:06am
Isn't it obvious?  Bill Clinton.

After a couple of years of the Fox News mantra that every corrupt, dishonest, underhanded, shitty thing that happened under this administration was Clinton's fault, everything will be cool.

I mean, it worked for about 3 years when he wasn't even in government anymore.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
March 17th, 2007 12:10am
"White House should tap a broadly respected lawyer public figure who can reestablish trust in the Department."

Ralph Nader, anyone?
Permalink John Haren 
March 17th, 2007 12:21am
I thought it was technically the president's right to appoint or dismiss US Attorneys.  If so, won't Bush and Co. do nothing?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 17th, 2007 1:29am
"President Bush is in “his usual posture: pugnacious, that no one is going to tell him who to fire.” But sources also said Gonzales’ firing is just a matter of time."
March 17th, 2007 1:37am

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