Bush Rebuffs GOP Pressure For Gonzales to Step Down
President Bush yesterday stood by his embattled friend, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, defying the broad bipartisan consensus emerging in Washington after this week's Senate hearing that Gonzales has so badly damaged his own credibility that he should resign.He has done a fantastic job at the Department of Justice? Can Bush be anymore out of touch?
Bush expressed "full confidence" in Gonzales through a spokeswoman and praised his "fantastic" service, in hopes of quashing speculation that the attorney general would be pushed out. But a wide array of Republicans described Gonzales with phrases such as "dead man walking," and even some White House aides privately voiced hope that he will step down on his own.
"I can understand there are some people who still don't want to support the attorney general. That is their right," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. "But he has done a fantastic job at the Department of Justice. He is our number one crime fighter. He has done so much to help keep this country safe from terrorists."
The Republicans see Gonzales as another hole in the sinking Republican ship. The Gonzales leak would be an easy one to fix but Bush is more concerned with his own adolescent ego than the Republican Party. This can only accelerate the mad Republican rush from the George Bush presidency as 2008 election approaches. That would include Iraq.