The New York Times Magazine has a new interview with former Bush attorney general Alberto Gonzales, who is set to begin a job teaching political science at Texas Tech this fall. Gonzales is also currently writing a book — although he doesn’t yet have a publisher — in which he plans to discuss more about why he resigned. In the meantime, Gonzales said that he has been upset at the way his legacy has been ruined:
Would you agree that your reputation was damaged by your service as attorney general?
It has had an effect, a negative effect, no question about it, and at times it makes me angry because it is undeserved. But I don’t want to sound like I am whining. At the end of the day, I’ve been the attorney general of the United States. It’s a remarkable privilege, and I stand behind my service.
Gonzales truly believes that he has been unfairly characterized. “What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he asked last year. (Here’s a reminder.) Gonzales still has not received any offers for jobs from any law firms since leaving the White House.