In Gonzo we trust

Slate
by Dahlia Lithwick

08/07/07

The half-birthday of the purge scandal’s explosion onto the front pages last February brings a new round of attempts to explain how Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is still collecting a government paycheck. Having taken several whacks at this puzzle myself, I appreciate the recent efforts of Massimo Calabresi, Tom Raum, Sidney Blumenthal, Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein, the Economist, Ramzy Baroud, and the Artful Dodger. Each of these writers offers some variation on the theme that George Bush hangs on to Gonzales because the president is one or all of the following: 1) stubborn; 2) loyal; 3) terrified of the investigation and/or confirmation hearing that would follow from a Gonzales departure. They also frequently note that Gonzales is one or all of the following: 1) stubborn; 2) loyal; 3) conveniently and hilariously blundering; 4) the last line of defense between Karl Rove and the truth about what’s gone on at the White House in the last six years. Let’s say we can all now agree about why Gonzales still puts on a coat and tie every morning. The better question remains, why do Democrats in Congress allow him to keep his job?

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