Posted by: mutantpoodle | August 27, 2007

Going, Going, Gonzo

So Alberto Gonzales is leaving.

It’s a bit like the mother-in-law who’s camped in your guest room and overstayed her welcome by three months telling you she’s leaving in three weeks, but it’s still worth a celebration.

At least, in his statement, Gonzales seemed contrite:

First I want to apologize for all the things that I’ve done and that I have allowed to happen. I made a mistake in using bad judgment and making bad decisions.

Oh, wait, that was Michael Vick.

Alberto, of course, never did anything wrong. Instead, he remembered a past that wasn’t, admiration for the Department and its employees that he never showed, and a respect for the constitution that his actions never bore out:

Let me say that it has been one of my greatest privileges to lead the DOJ. I have great admiration and respect for the men and women who work here. I have made a point as attorney general to personally meet as many of them as possible. And today I want to again thank them for their service to our nation.

It is through their continued work that our country and our communities remain safe. That the rights and civil liberties of our citizens remain protected. And the hopes and dreams of all our children are secured.

[Thanks to Christy at Firedoglake for sitting through that statement multiple times for the transcript.]

President Bush, of course, got right to the heart of Gonzales’s departure – that he was an incompetent boob unable to tell the truth, obey the law, or properly separate his duties as attorney general from his loyalty to the man who has named him to every public office he has held called names by mean Democrats.

I don’t hold out hope that we’ll get a better Attorney General for the last, gasping 17 months of this administration. Just one who’s not so simultaneously incompetent, cravenly dishonest, and openly contemptuous of everything the constitution stands for.

The clip above shows just one of the ways in which the Department of Justice – that’s JUSTICE, dammit! – was populated and run by small-minded, lying incompetents.

And by that, no offense to any average small-minded incompetents is intended.

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