Conservative support for Gonzales ‘tepid.’

“Even among some Senate Judiciary Republicans, backing for Gonzales was tepid,” CQ reports:

“Appearances are troubling. This has not been handled well,” said John Cornyn, R-Texas. “But in Texas we believe in having a fair trial and then the hanging.”

Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions said he has had “a great relationship with the attorney general. But he’ll have to answer for this just like he does on other matters before us.”

Even more cryptic was Tom Coburn, R-Okla., when asked if he supports the attorney general. “I think we’ve got to have one.” This one? he was asked. “I didn’t answer that.”