For an administration known for its cronyism, and alas for an alarmingly incompetent group of cronies, Gonzales was the granddaddy of them all. He lacked the integrity, the intellect and the independence to perform his duties in a manner befitting the job for which he was chosen. And when he and his colleagues got caught in the act, his rationales and explanations for the purge of the U.S. Attorneys were so empty and shallow and incoherent that even the staunchest Republicans could not turn them into steeled spin. Devoid of any credibility, Gonzales in the end was a sad joke when he came to Capitol Hill.
I think. Mr. Cohen's comments are right on the money.
This statement from the President:
"It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons," Bush said.
Only George Bush could think this guy was doing important work. Sort of reminds you of Brownie doing a good job.
You can read the full story here in the Post.
I think careful consideration should be taken about exactly how the Justice Department should be run in the future. Clinton had his problems with the AG as well. I've heard and read a couple of suggestions that the AG should be appointed like the head of the Federal Reserve. I'm not sure what you do if you get a political hack in the position like Gonzales was but it might remove that temptation.