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Gonzalez

I don’t really know what to say about Alberto Gonzalez’s op-ed and testimony preview. He seems to sense that he can’t just stand pat, so he’s kinda sorta apologizing for . . . well . . . well . . . well it’s not totally clear what he’s apologizing for. To be sorry, you need to be admitting to having done something wrong. But he’s certainly not owning up to the fact that there was a concerted campaign to get US Attorneys to gin up “voter fraud” cases, to prosecute Democrats on corruption charges, and to avoid prosecuting Republicans and that the purge was part of this campaign.

At this point, however, there’s so much circumstantial evidence that there was such a campaign and so much evidence of a coverup by the White House and so much evidence of people lying to congress in their testimony it’s very hard to see how Gonzalez can offer a”measured apology for his mistakes in the dismissal of eight United States attorneys.” Which mistakes? Apologize for what? Either the line has to be that US Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president and therefore it’s perfectly appropriate to fire them for refusing to serve naked partisan interests and there’s nothing to apologize for, or else he needs to own up to what happened.

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