Gonzo's Support Erodes? Like Abandoning Ship?

A common word appeared yesterday on MSNBC's website about "Meet the Press" and in the NY Times in their stories posted two minutes apart: Mr. Gonzales's GOP support "Erodes." Today's NY Times article's heading uses a softer word: Republican Senators Express Reservations Over Gonzales.

Prior to this Democrat controlled Congress being sworn in, the GOP would never have asked the questions necessary to have made this an issue. They didn't dare to.  But, consider the timing: the rank political firing and then the cover up of its motives and people behind it all occurred after the election. The machinations were all before, but the axes fell after.

So why the GOP interest, now?

The GOP is interested now maybe because they no longer fear the wrath of a lame duck President with the opposition party ready to call him on anything.  Yet, Tony Snow (and ergo, the White House) still doesn't get it, calling any questions about Gonzo's handling of this fiasco "partisan politics" and the "President wants to avoid partisan fishing" and a "media spectacle."  

The GOP is the definer of "partisan politics." After twelve years of partisan politics and the political farce of a partisan impeachment of President Clinton that was doomed to failure from long before its House vote, the GOP wanted "media spectacle" then because the GOP had the House vote for force a meaningless trial that mocked the Presidency for the whole world to see.

Whether Gonzales lied to the people, whether Justice in America is for sale at the prosecution level, whether Gonzales is an Attorney General or George Bush's personal aide, doing Karl Rove's political bidding, is a far more important question to the ideal of Equal Justice Under the Law. Or so it says on the Supreme Court building.

More pointedly, John Adams wrote in 1774 that we should have "A government of laws, and not of men." In this decade, the Administration has had it backwards, preferring "a government of men, not of laws," acting like a petulent child when questioned.

Maybe, just maybe, the GOP in Congress has figured out that they don't want to be on this sinking ship. As mariners say, get as far away from it as you can so it doesn't suck you down with it.

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    Why now? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by TomStewart on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 03:59:32 AM EST
    The rats are packing their bags and looking for a safe port to jump off at. They realize Bush/Gonzo is going down, and they want to get out ahead. we'll see a lot more of this in the coming weeks.

    Why Now? (none / 0) (#2)
    by lindalawyer on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 07:34:33 AM EST
    Its particularly entertaining to watch Republicans now express outrage on various topics, e.g. Walter Reed Hospital, the war, etc. ---- Ja ja. Where were they when Gonzalez was telling the world community that torture was okay and those demanding respect for the Geneva Conventions were probably working for Al Queda?

    Nonsense (none / 0) (#4)
    by scarshapedstar on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:07:41 AM EST
    He's backed by the Tremendous Triumvirate: George Bush, Dan Riehl, and PPJ.

    Well, okay, and then there's probably Laura, Barney, and Mr. Bigglesworth or whatever that other dog's name is.


    Thanks, scar (none / 0) (#5)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:18:35 AM EST
    And of the three, my vision is clearer.

    USA Today Poll (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by scarshapedstar on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 09:52:00 PM EST
    14. Do you think Congress should -- or should not -- investigate the involvement of White House officials in this matter?

    Yes, should - 72%; No, should not - 21%

    15. If Congress investigates these dismissals, in your view, should President Bush and his aides -- [ROTATED: invoke "executive privilege" to protect the White House decision making process (or should they) drop the claim of executive privilege and answer all questions being investigated]?

    Invoke executive privilege - 26%; Answer all questions - 68%

    16. In this matter, do you think Congress should or should not issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify under oath about this matter?

    Yes, should - 68%; No, should not - 24%

    You're a 21 Percenter. I like it. Wanna consult your crystal ball and tell us whether Bush's stonewalling this issue against the wishes of somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 of the American public is going to help or hinder Republicans in 2008? I know, I know; you can't second-guess our Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. On the other hand, if the National Security Party loses, They kill us in our beds!

    What a tossup...


    as always, I speak only for myself (none / 0) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 08:03:09 AM EST
    And I normally always agree with my good friend scar, but in this case I must respectfully disagree ...

    Oh wait. I think I've caught a virsus...

    There... all gone now.

    Unlike you scar, I do not require my political positions be approved by the big boys down at the corner.

    Eagles don't flock.

    Now run over to KOS and get the rest of today's instructions, you clear thinking independent dude.


    lol (none / 0) (#13)
    by scarshapedstar on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 11:08:35 AM EST
    I haven't read Kos in about a year, but I have no idea why I need instructions from Our Dark Lord KOS (apparently a heretofore unknown acronym) to state the obvious. You and the other True Believers are the only ones telling Bush to do this, and God bless you for it, because you will be his undoing. :)

    As clear as the toast... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 12:11:07 PM EST
    ..."Here's mud in your eye".



    Well then (none / 0) (#8)
    by Repack Rider on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 04:11:16 PM EST
    And of the three, my vision is clearer.

    Why don't you bless us with your clarity and give us a prediction we can hang around your neck in a few weeks?


    The oracle requires (none / 0) (#10)
    by jimakaPPJ on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 07:55:05 AM EST
    a suitable donation and scarifice.. I'll let you know my PayPal address.

    I don't "scarify" anyone (none / 0) (#12)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Mar 27, 2007 at 10:18:30 AM EST
    Ritual mutilation is against my principles.

    Hey Abu (none / 0) (#3)
    by Che's Lounge on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 08:45:10 AM EST
    If you have to quit, who will "apply" your hair gel every day?

    Tough times indeed.

    that would be (none / 0) (#6)
    by baba durag on Mon Mar 26, 2007 at 10:45:50 AM EST
    Democratic controlled Congress.