NYT: Gonzales resigns; Update: Chertoff “likely” replacement, sources tell CNN; Update: Video added; Update: Bush crony to replace Chertoff at DHS? Update: Bush smacks Dems for Gonzo attacks

posted at 8:17 am on August 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

Just across on Fox; haven’t even had time to read the story yet. Stand by.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress, has resigned. A senior administration official said he would announce the decision later this morning in Washington.

Mr. Gonzales, who had rebuffed calls for his resignation, submitted his to President Bush by telephone on Friday, the official said. His decision was not immediately announced, the official added, until after the president invited him and his wife to lunch at his ranch near here.

Has the golden age of Chertoff begun?

Update: I’m tempted to say this is like Rumsfeld’s resignation insofar as he stayed just long enough to really hurt Bush, but with the U.S. Attorneys investigation still going on I guess we don’t know that for sure yet. If they’re expecting a big shoe to drop, maybe it’s better to have him out now.

The Times’s source alleges that Bush accepted the resignation “grudgingly” but it’s too much of a coincidence that the biggest lightning rods in the administration — Rove, Gonzo — are all overboard right before the Iraq debate heats up again.

Update: MM says good riddance.

Update: WaPo was caught flat-footed but it sounds like the AP has independently confirmed it. Assuming Chertoff is the replacement, who replaces him at DHS?

Update: Probably right. Meanwhile, for the second time in two weeks, a scene of exquisite heart-ache plays out on Pennsylvania Avenue…

Update: MSNBC says Bush hasn’t chosen a replacement yet but Fox is hearing that Paul Clement, the solicitor general, might be the interim pick.

Update: “Whatever his other merits or faults, Gonzales had to be one of the most politically incompetent people ever to hold such a high position in Washington. It’s hard to think of anything he touched in six and a half years in Washington that didn’t end up getting President Bush the worst possible press…”

Update: Chertoff it (likely) is. Here’s his first task: Figure out whether you want your department co-sponsoring conventions organized by unindicted co-conspirators in terror funding trials.

Update: It’s odd that they had his resignation on Friday but chose to wait until the start of the new news cycle on Monday to announce, no?

Update: Congress won’t be back in session until after Labor Day so presumably Bush has a free kick here with a recess appointment if he wants one. That’s what he did with Bolton in August 2005, you’ll recall. It would spare the nominee a confirmation fight until next year, when there’ll be so little time left in Bush’s term that no one will care anyway.

Doesn’t sound like he’s going to avail himself of the opportunity, though:

The announcement was to come later today. The acting attorney general with be Solicitor General Paul Clement. He “can stay in that position for quite a while,” a senior administration official said.

That would avoid a bruising confirmation fight.

Update: MKH: “Gonzales leaves without about one political ally to his name, and now we’ll hear another cloying Bush speech about how a guy no one really liked and who brought considerable problems upon the administration through his own bone-headedness was actually the greatest guy evuh.” Yup — and we’ll have the video!

Update: CNN says Gonzo’s top aides didn’t know until this morning. And AFP reiterates the Times’s report that Bush only accepted the resignation “reluctantly.” The source for both articles is a senior White House official so judge for yourself whether that’s spin or not.

Update: Here’s the announcement video. Bush will speak from Crawford at 11:50. Interesting that they didn’t appear together for the occasion.

NBC has reaction round-up and yet another report that this was entirely Gonzo’s own decision.

Update: CNN says Clay Johnson III, Bush’s chief of staff when he was governor of Texas and a Bush pal from his high school days, is going to be kicked waaaay upstairs from his job in the Office of Management and Budget to succeed Chertoff at DHS. Think Progress calls him a “professional Bush loyalist” who’s unqualified for the job. Hard to disagree. Needless to say, this is par for the course for Bush when it comes to Homeland Security.

Update: WaPo has a solid profile of the Bush-Gonzales relationship. “In the end, Gonzales was a man without a constituency outside of the White House. At a Senate hearing on April 19, he endured withering criticism over his professed inability to recall key events in the attorney firings, including details of a meeting on the topic with President Bush and Karl Rove. As the controversy swirled over a period of several months, conservative figures questioned both his legal competence and his ability to manage the sprawling Justice Department.”

Update: Here’s Bush. It starts with the requisite backslapping and shifts into a knock on unnamed “critics” at around 2:30. Looks like he’s going to skip the recess appointment and stick with Paul Clement until Congress is back in session. Curious.

Rich Lowry’s also hearing from his sources that this was completely Gonzales’s own decision. Who knows?


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Inevitable.

realVerse on August 27, 2007 at 8:18 AM

Quack quack. In a few months, they all resign.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 8:20 AM

Has the golden age of Chertoff begun?

To those of us who have been battling illegal immigration, his appointment would be an absolute affront. But, as JiangxiDad said, in a year they are all gone. However, this doesn’t help to make the successors republican when you keep pissing everyone off.

Blake on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Chertoff? ugh.

boomer on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

good, he was useless

zane on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Republicans wimp out again to pressure from the extreme left and MSM.

It’s become an all too familiar story.

[sigh]

fogw on August 27, 2007 at 8:29 AM

good, he was useless

zane on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

I agree, both Gonzo Gonzales and Jerkoff Chertoff are as useless as teats on a boar.

CrazyFool on August 27, 2007 at 8:33 AM

Gonzales was another worthless Bush appointee following in the footsteps of Michael Brown, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Harriet Miers, Mel Martinez, Karen Hughes, etc.

Hilts on August 27, 2007 at 8:35 AM

He was a politically ineffective AG, and the Dems know how to hamstring and kill the weak. Now we can move along unless GW appoints Harriet Myers….
Randy

williars on August 27, 2007 at 8:39 AM

However, this doesn’t help to make the successors republican when you keep pissing everyone off.

Blake on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

I don’t think you’re really looking for a Rep. successor per se, but a conservative one.

Pissing-off your base, over time, leads to different types of candidates emerging. That’s the invisible hand of democracy, at least in theory.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 8:42 AM

Chertoff? ugh.

boomer on August 27, 2007 at 8:28 AM

Amen to that boomer!

Good riddance on Gonzales. The guy is totally incompetent. One of the biggest mistakes Bush made was surrounding himself with his buddy, buddy incompetents.
I hope he has enough sense to NOT offer up the ghoul Chertoff who is also a loser. We need a strong AG who has the guts to prosecute all those dem lawbreakers before the Bush term is over.

I nominate Orrin Hatch.

OBX Pete on August 27, 2007 at 8:44 AM

Good riddance.

Top of the replacement list: Ann Coulter.

petefrt on August 27, 2007 at 8:44 AM

While I don’t like Gonzalez as AG, I would have rather kept him there to not hand the libtards a victory. This looks bad.

What’s worse though, if it pans out, is if Lettucehead becomes the AG. Worse and worse for amnesty.

Man, can this president make any more wrong moves?

Darksean on August 27, 2007 at 8:44 AM

Hilts on August 27, 2007 at 8:35 AM

Remember, GB didn’t run originally, and wasn’t elected originally, because he could lead in wartime. His “circle”, are better suited for state gov’t. At least he turned-out to be a pit-bull in the terror arena. Was probably way too much to expect that his cabinet could do much more than run the Texas DMV.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 8:47 AM

I’m glad he’s gone. He was a thorn in Bush’s side (no pun intended) and too much controversy surrounded him. Not that it makes much difference – the nutroots will still figure out a way to demonize anyone Bush appoints as his replacement.

pullingmyhairout on August 27, 2007 at 8:49 AM

Good riddance about Gonzales but if Bush appoints Chertoff I will officially adopt a BDS stance.

Buzzy on August 27, 2007 at 9:01 AM

The liberal lynching of a spineless gutless hispanic AG is complete. Schumer etal can sleep easier tonight. Who will they lynch next? Hopefully they will have a spine.

roninacreage on August 27, 2007 at 9:03 AM

Bush should immediately appoint Anne Coulter while the Senate is out of session.

roninacreage on August 27, 2007 at 9:04 AM

Good riddance about Gonzales but if Bush appoints Chertoff I will officially adopt a BDS stance.

Buzzy on August 27, 2007 at 9:01 AM

He has to find somebody willing to take the job in an administration that is widely reviled and coming to an end. That means somebody old who is ready to retire, but wants a feather in his cap, or somebody already there who isn’t going anywhere else in gov’t. Why would a star hitch his horse to this wagon?

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 9:06 AM

Gonzales was another worthless Bush appointee following in the footsteps of Michael Brown, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Harriet Miers, Mel Martinez, Karen Hughes, etc.

Sad to see AG Gonzalez submit his resignation; far too many members of GOP lack the courage to fight anymore, instead they cave into the likes of Leahy and the far left moonbats… I wish Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales well…

IntheNet on August 27, 2007 at 9:06 AM

Dear Mr. President:

Did you know I’m a lawyer? And that I am Hispanic? Why not keep the Attorney General position in the Latin column by appointing me the new A.G.? I’ve got a wonderful plan for dealing with our borders–simply eliminate them!

Yours very sincerely,

Geralso Rivera

radjah shelduck on August 27, 2007 at 9:13 AM

Dear Mr. Rivera:
Thank you Papi for your interest. My administration has already taken care of that. We are now focusing on the northern border. VIVA NORTE AMERICANO UNION
VIVE L’UNION AMERIQUE DU NORD

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Has the golden age of Chertoff begun?

Ha! Rust never sleeps. An all-too appropriate sign that the Bush era is closing.

Chertoff is King Midas in reverse. Everything he touches turns to crap.

Thomas the Wraith on August 27, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Its probably past time for Conservatives like myself to admit that Bush does not see us as his constituency and plainly is not too concerned about how we feel about his decisions.

Fred on August 27, 2007 at 9:27 AM

buh-bye….

serenity on August 27, 2007 at 9:28 AM

Paul Clement is acting AG until a replacement can be found.

One word to explain why Gonzales resignation is the right thing to do…..

CRONYISM! Independents and regular folk do not like it and it’s time for Bush to nominate folks that are not connected to him through years of personal involvement, especially when they seem more likely to toe the line than serve the people.

csdeven on August 27, 2007 at 9:29 AM

I give up. PPPPPP is not part of anything this administration does. Me thinks I’ll Rip VanWinkle it to November.

Limerick on August 27, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Chertoff????

I used to joke that the government used the Peter Principal plus…

In other words, you get promoted to your level of incompetance, then get promoted once more for giggles…

Guess I was right..

Romeo13 on August 27, 2007 at 9:30 AM

Everything he touches turns to crap.

Make him ambassador to Crapistan.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 9:30 AM

All administration endings are ugly. The primaries are early so the ugly is early.

Hint: GB is not running.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 9:37 AM

This whole administration has floundered to Carter-like proportions, except I think Carter was a bit more resistant to Republicans in congress (what ones there were).

Economy and jobs are fine, but they’re largely insignificant on the brink of a full-scale invasion of this country, brought to you by Amnesty Incorporated ™, no relation to Amnesty International but just as infuriating.

MadisonConservative on August 27, 2007 at 9:38 AM

Update: It’s odd that they had his resignation on Friday but chose to wait until the start of the new news cycle on Monday to announce, no?

yes, why?? was there something else about to come out?

zane on August 27, 2007 at 9:38 AM

Nooo, please don’t get Jerk-off in as Attorney General. Though if the Homeland Security position is still open, how about nominating someone who is just like John Bolton: Steven Emerson. Hey, I can dream can I?

mram on August 27, 2007 at 9:38 AM

no queremos una mas idiota.

take that and stuff it in your pipe and smoke it, Gone-zalez!

madmonkphotog on August 27, 2007 at 9:57 AM

As I see it, looking at the numbers – a 150 year old problem is being handled according to the figures on deportations

Lets not let the FACTS get into the way of the “no ones enforcing the border” argument

More people are being deported now than at anytime in our history and its increasing to 1 million a year by 2010 and this was put into affect – not by the blogesphere or the shamnesty bill but by quiet funding in 2002 and 2003 back when the Rinos were in charge

Please point out in history with three examples where a president deported over 1 million people in 4 years and in his presidency may get close to the 2.5 million mark as the enforcement process will be in place for the next presidents first year

Its interesting because a phenominal achievement is receiving such derision…

Eisenhowers program deported net 0, they recrossed the border within weeks and the final numbers were way less than 80,000.

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM

So,

Read the ICE annual reports if 200,000, 180,000 and 160,000 were insignificant deportations then 300,000 plus this year and 500,000 in 2008 are still insignificant?

Border Patrol numbered 2,210 during Ikes reign When Bush Started it was 4000 to 5000 when he leaves in his 2009 budget the number of BP’s will be 22,000 with 14,000 national guard and 3,500 Local and state assets in place to assist and 175,000 to 500,000 camp bends available for detention

Thats 40,000 with 13,000 on patrol at anytime divide it by 2500 mile long border – thats alot of enforcement

So thats the DO nothing Chertoff and Gonzales

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 10:06 AM

So long Gonzales…your ‘token hispanic’ cache really was a turd in the punchbowl. Good riddance ya dummy.

Chertoff? Are you feckin’ kidding me? That arse-bandit is a total disgrace.

Appoint “Maximum Bob” now!

…or a load of stale bread…just as good as its predecessors

Ochlan on August 27, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Chuck Schumer said that a replacement for Gonzales won’t be a problem- with a couple of conditions.

That is, as long as Bush allows the Democrats to select the AG, Bush has Rove arrested for treason, and Bush forfeits a testicle.

That’s all.

drjohn on August 27, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Cheney is going to have a fun year

jp on August 27, 2007 at 10:17 AM

and Bush forfeits a testicle

He had ‘em both removed, along with his spine, years ago.

Rumor has it that Laura had ‘em made into a novelty swingball set…

Ochlan on August 27, 2007 at 10:19 AM

Like I read up there…Ann Coulter, Laura or Victoria Toeseng.

LtE126 on August 27, 2007 at 10:23 AM

Its inevitable they’ll go after Condi Rice in the next few weeks, too. “Oh, Condi isn’t doing such a hot job of negotiating…blah blah.”

kiakjones on August 27, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Good riddance to Gonzales. Can we get Ashcroft back?

moonsbreath on August 27, 2007 at 10:29 AM

My nomination for DHS if Chertoff takes over as AG???

Sherif Joe Arpegio!!!

Romeo13 on August 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM

A man who won’t enforce our borders is expected to enforce our laws?

p0s3r on August 27, 2007 at 10:33 AM

Dam… fumble finger idis….. grrrrr…

Romeo13 on August 27, 2007 at 10:35 AM

Whatever Mr. Bush is doing about illegal immigration is not enough. He has allowed sanctuary cities around the nation where alien criminals are having a field day. It seems we have become prey for these predators. He and Mr. Chertoff have made it clear they could care less about our safety as long as we have millions of cheap laborers for business. I would like to see Mr. Bush and his whole administration depart as well.

Newman on August 27, 2007 at 10:35 AM

Ann would be nice. Realistically, I’d like to see Toenseng get it.

Romeo, I’d love to see Sheriff Joe myself (were you kidding on the last name?).

Darksean on August 27, 2007 at 10:36 AM

I miss John Ashcroft, and I miss the George W. Bush that appointed him.

Halley on August 27, 2007 at 10:38 AM

So thats the DO nothing Chertoff and Gonzales

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 10:06 AM

You can have a million on the border and it would still be open if you don’t allow them to do their job or actively prosecute them for doing their sworn duty.

I would nominate Michelle as the DHS — in the next administration — this one’s a lame duck.

And Bolton as State :)

CrazyFool on August 27, 2007 at 10:49 AM

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Those are very interesting statistics. Thanks. But just as in Iraq, Bush &Co. always lose the verbal war. It’s not that they say the wrong thing, they don’t really say anything.

Also, Shamnesty was a watershed moment for many Republican voters vis a vis this President. Nothing other than a terror event here at home trumps it.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 10:53 AM

http://www.yahoo.com/
Directly from the Yahoo News Home page it states

Alberto Gonzales resigns
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned, ending a long standoff. » ‘Better late than never’

No Bias there Huh ! !

Texyank on August 27, 2007 at 10:56 AM

And Bolton as State :)

CrazyFool on August 27, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Bolton at State, Homeland Security, or back at UN. Wonder if a Rep. wins if he’ll have enough votes to do any of those?

Also, Bush’s well for cabinet wasn’t too deep or wide, mostly a bunch of local texas homies.

Where can Giuliani, Thompson or Romney draw from for cabinet positions? Does anyone know who their main associates are?

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

The DU’ers are pis*ed that there’s going to be a recess appointment. They want Reid to call an emergency session. They’ve lost their marbles over there. Check it out for a good Monday morning laugh session. Even as all of their “evil republican puppets” are resigning, they are STILL trying to find things to bi*ch and moan about. typical.

pullingmyhairout on August 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

JiangxiDad

I guess my point is that a vebal war is a political war and Bush never wanted to be a politician and I repsect him greatly for that

Anyone interested should be looking at this and not fed their information from unofficial sources

Sure there is crime, there are people who flaunt and resist deportations but there are thousands departing deportations are running at 1000 per day – thats forcible deportations increasing to 3,500 per day

number of Border arrests have dropped exponentially now that repeat crossers are looking at a nickel of detention without parole

Its working but makes a great story that its not isn’t it?

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

So when does Gonzo get his Medal of Freedom?

ReubenJCogburn on August 27, 2007 at 11:14 AM

via Drudge:

“He has exhibited a lack of candor with Congress and the American people and a disdain for the rule of law and our constitutional system. I strongly urge President Bush to nominate a new attorney general who will respect our laws and restore the integrity of the office.”
— Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Does that include prosecuting drunk drivers? Particularly ones where where said drunk left a scene which involved (and possibly causing) a fatality?

CrazyFool on August 27, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Sure there is crime, there are people who flaunt and resist deportations

The word you’re looking for is ‘flout’, not ‘flaunt’.

-Cranky Old Guy, fighting a losing battle to save English.

The Monster on August 27, 2007 at 11:27 AM

Hey Eric- You’re not Tony Snow by any chance?

Who’s supposed to tell this great story? Why aren’t they. Don’t answer that.

He is a politician. If he can’t/won’t descend into the muck, he has to find someone in his administration who can. Otherwise we’re constantly being sucker-punched and not responding.

Also, you didn’t comment on Shamnesty, Tony.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Gonzales was too weak or too stupid to simply say:

These attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. Mr. Clinton fired ALL of these same attorneys when he took office. President Bush has acted within his powers. Next question?”

And keep repeating it until the American public understood what was going on (political high-handed railroading b.s. by the Dems) and supported Gonzales and GWB.

His failure to defend himself and the President made him useless.

Rick Santorum should be appointed, now, to restore some confidence in this position.

profitsbeard on August 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Gonzales was too weak or too stupid to simply say…

Can’t be. If so, it was somebody’s job to tell him what to do/say. This merely confirms what you already know about this administration.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 11:38 AM

JiangxiDad-

This merely confirms what you already know abou this administration.

No killer instinct.

Which means they don’t believe enough in what their doing.

And that’s the real problem.

profitsbeard on August 27, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Which means they don’t believe enough in what their doing.

Maybe a little fear added to their convictions would up their game. Explains why alot of us are on here.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Bush has wayyyyyy too many friends.

moonsbreath on August 27, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Bush has wayyyyyy too many friends.

Between JHS and HS, it adds up man.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 11:56 AM

If Bush nominates Chertoff this should not come as any surprise to those who have seen George W. Bush’s secret MySpace entry:

“I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of serving the Norte American people by watching reruns of the Three Stooges on TV. Don’t you just love those guys? I have learned so much from them and try to make all my cabinet level and department head selections based on their philosophy.”

MB4 on August 27, 2007 at 12:07 PM

lol it’s funny coz it’s plausible

Ochlan on August 27, 2007 at 12:31 PM

I never liked Gonzales, and was mad that he didn’t stand up and defend the firings and tell the Congress to MTOB and keep their noses where they belonged. Gonzales and Bush’s reticence and milquetoast attitude is what has perpetuated this AG farce and led to an even WEAKER position for the administration (as if that were possible), just ahead of Petreus’ report. Dandy!

After the GOP base’s disgust with Chertoff after his statements during the illegal alien push, I can’t believe the President is silly enough to appoint him as AG. How is it when the Dems hate someone the President caves, and when we loathe them, their career goes on and on and on…?

linlithgow on August 27, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Good riddance. Maybe National council of La Raza will give him a job.

PRCalDude on August 27, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Where can Giuliani, Thompson or Romney draw from for cabinet positions? Does anyone know who their main associates are?

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

If cronyism is the operative word….

Rudy….cross dressers
fred?…scumbag lobbyists
Mitt!…the Mormon church

I can’t tell which would be worse. lol

Actually, I trust Rudy and Mitt! to appoint those who are not lap dogs.

csdeven on August 27, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Actually, I trust Rudy and Mitt! to appoint those who are not lap dogs.

csdeven on August 27, 2007 at 12:50 PM

“What do Bernard Kerik and Michael Chertoff have in common?

Both have proven to be disastrous choices to head the Department of Homeland Security. But that’s not the only thing they share. Both were enthusiastically championed for this all-important post by Rudolph Giuliani.

As it happens, Giuliani was largely responsible for putting each man on the political map and helping launch their careers.”
- Greg Sargent from The American Prospect Online (Feb. 15, 2006)

MB4 on August 27, 2007 at 1:01 PM

JiangiDad

Did anyone actually read the Agreed upon legislation, I did

It was about 80% enforcement and 20% amnesty

But all that we did do is give our politicians another pass on not passing anything border related – again

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 1:05 PM

csdeven-
When Giuliani was mayor, I lived in NYC. He didn’t hire lapdogs, but was combative with everybody–publicly and reportedly privately.
I’m not saying that’s necessarily bad–hell it’s imperative when fighting the Islamofascists and domestic enemy.
But it would be quite a departure from what we’re accustomed to with George Bush.

I’ll have to do some research about Romney’s style as Mass Gov.and his choice of hires.
Fred? In this case, I guess Senators don’t have that kind of record. Maybe why they don’t make it to Pres.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 1:05 PM

EricPWJohnson-
Everything you say may be perfectly true. I cannot challenge you on that. But…, the majority of people did/do not trust the gov’t to do what it said. The gov. lost it’s credibility on this issue.

No one gave the pols. a pass. They said enforce existing law FIRST, and we’ll talk again later.

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Ugh. Does Bush just throw darts at his high school yearbook to pick his top people? So tired of all the unqualified cronies.

aero on August 27, 2007 at 1:11 PM

GW Gonzo is gone dont waste political time and effort defending him.

Get someone new in there like when Rummy left and move on

William Amos on August 27, 2007 at 1:11 PM

MB4 on August 27, 2007 at 1:01 PM

Tks. Didn’t know Chertoff had a relationship with Giuliani. What is their connection to each other?

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 1:12 PM

As for the recess appointment vs. confirmation fight part–Bush only has to worry about a big confirmation fight if he picks someone conservative who has the potential to be effective in the job. Since Bush won’t do that, I’m sure he knows there won’t be any big fight in Congress.

aero on August 27, 2007 at 1:14 PM

But all that we did do is give our politicians another pass on not passing anything border related – again

EricPWJohnson on August 27, 2007 at 1:05 PM

Just stop. We’re tired of the same useless canards. The legislation was written by the same guy who gave us the 1965 immigration act and the 1986 amnesty: Ted Kennedy. I’m tired of rich, upper class whites who employ illegal aliens for convenience’ sake telling me what I need to believe about the issue. The government had zero intention of enforcing any of those laws, and the legislation was written in such a secretive fashion that no reasonable person could conclude that it was anything but completely dishonest.

PRCalDude on August 27, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Put him in the dumpster along with other incompetents such as Harriet Miers, Michael Brown, George Tenet, Norm Minetta, Colin Powell.

Hilts on August 27, 2007 at 1:18 PM

I nominate AllahPundit as the new AG.

baldilocks on August 27, 2007 at 1:24 PM

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Chertoff was a Giuliani assistant when Giuliani was a federal prosecutor.

MB4 on August 27, 2007 at 1:25 PM

MB4- tks

JiangxiDad on August 27, 2007 at 1:58 PM

The nuts are back out again…you guys are frigging crazy.

tomas on August 27, 2007 at 2:11 PM

Chucky Schumer has weighed in

I was the first one to ask Gonzalez to quit

William Amos on August 27, 2007 at 2:38 PM

I want Mark Levin. The confirmation hearings alone would be priceless.

Iblis on August 27, 2007 at 2:40 PM

I can’t believe I am disagreeing with MaryKatharine!(last linkwhoring today, I promise)

Rightwingsparkle on August 27, 2007 at 4:02 PM

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