Bad news for Gonzales:
Goodling’s announcement, some senior Republicans felt, strengthened the Democrats’ charge that the Justice Department had something to hide.
All of which added up to scandal fatigue inside the caucus, the senators said.
Specter’s appeal to the caucus [to downplay Goodling's announcement] received “a lot of head shaking, a lot of eye-rolling,” said one senator who attended and spoke on condition of anonymity because the session was private.
Asked Tuesday if Gonzales had lost their confidence, many Senate Republicans demurred.