Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007—With Gonzo out, does Bush eliminate impeachment talk?
|The blogosphere has long speculated about the benefits to the Bush "administration" of keeping Alberto Gonzales on board as Attorney General. Was it that he was so completely, personally loyal to Bush? Was he a firewall against the direct taint of scandal? Did he simply "know too much?" (God, it's really hard to even say that.)
One political side effect of letting Gonzales go is that it takes away the biggest target in reference to whom Members of Congress, political columnists, candidates and others were willing to discuss "the I-word"—impeachment.
The politics of impeaching a president (or even a vice president, for some reason) are such that most people just don't want to touch it. But some of them had gotten comfortable with the idea of impeaching Gonzales, and though it was a long, long way from becoming a reality its discussion in the media and in Congress couldn't have been all that pleasant a prospect for the White House, which had to have known that Gonzales was really a stand-in for the top bananas. Not that Gonzales himself didn't deserve it in his own right (and still does,resignation or no), but there it is.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Syria & Cyrus. The standoff no one could have predicted: Minutemen vs. Arpaio deputies. Washington Times'new angle on the guy who sneezed & shot himself. The vast right-wing ripoff machine. Hunter on the anti-vax church that mysteriously suffered an outbreak of measles. Despite Antoinette Tuff's unarmed heroics (and TWO accidental discharges by school security officers in the last week), the principal still thinks the answer is armed guards. The "Trump University" fraud. Phyllis Schlafly accidentally owns up to the voter suppression goal of shutting down early voting. Coburn rediscovers his crazybones.