August 27, 2007
Commentary on President Bush's Comments
Yes, President Bush is partly correct when he states in commenting on the Gonzales resignation that Gonzales was "dragged through the mud for political reasons." But the political reasons were that he had "fired" U.S. Attorneys for political reasons. The comments and criticisms of the AG crossed party lines and it is important for the President to recognize this in selecting the next Attorney General. What is more important then ever before is that the appointee to this office restore the DOJ as a non-political entity of the government.
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I think it is important to recognize, if not anything else, the mere title of the best scholarly work on this office "Conflicting Loyalties." The resignation of an Attorney General is as common as dirt and the notion that the office is being used for "political" purposes is built-in. 50 years from now, it is hard to imagine anyone would even think to compare Gonzales with A. Mitchel Palmer or Harry Daugherty.
Posted by: P.S. Ruckman, Jr. | Aug 28, 2007 8:21:15 AM