For the last three years (ever since it became clear that the invasion and occupation of Iraq would end in ignominy) we’ve been told that serious people know that we must stay in Iraq. For the last two and half years (ever since Bush stole the election in Ohio) we’ve been told that election fraud is a topic for loonies and fringe leftists. For the last year and and a half (when the NSA program was revealed) we’ve been told that impeachment is a shrill, vituperative, and impractical solution.
But, we haven’t listened. Not me, not Susan, not Steven, not clammy, not Larry, not Chris, not Albert, not jpol, not Terrance, nor anyone else that writes for this community. We’ve just kept plugging away, documenting the atrocities and creating a public record that will stand in posterity as proof that not all Americans are fucking stupid and immoral.
Q Senators Schumer and Feinstein are going to introduce a no confidence resolution for Attorney General Gonzales next week, the Senate is going to vote on this. You have a sixth Republican, Norm Coleman, come out and say the Attorney General should resign. Doesn’t this all add up to the weight that’s dragging him down? And how can he be effective with all —
MR. FRATTO: I think it adds up to the bottomless bag of tricks that Democrats in the Senate would like to pull out on a weekly basis, regarding the Attorney General. The Attorney General has the full confidence of the President….
Q You addressed the Democratic part of that question. You didn’t say anything about the six Republicans. And you also had Specter saying that he predicts that he’ll resign — Gonzales will resign, saying that he’s unable to perform his duties. What about the Republicans?
MR. FRATTO: We understand that there are senators who have different views.
Q I’m talking about the Republicans.
MR. FRATTO: Talking about senators of both parties, and we understand that they have concerns and questions. We think that the Attorney General has been honest and forthright in addressing those questions; and as I said earlier, most importantly, has the full confidence of the President.
Q But, Tony, when you say he has the full confidence of the President, and when you say you feel he’s been a strong Attorney General, doesn’t this erode the President’s credibility when it seems like the entire rest of the political universe is on the other side of that?
MR. FRATTO: No, I don’t think that’s where everyone is. Look —
Q How is — who’s on his side?
MR. FRATTO: What we are focusing on, what we think the Attorney General is focusing on is the mission of the Department of Justice. I haven’t heard anyone say that the Department of Justice has been weak in enforcing child predator laws. I haven’t heard anyone say that the Department of Justice has been anything short of strong and aggressive in protecting America from domestic terrorism threats. Those are the things that we are focusing on, and those things have happened under this Attorney General’s leadership….
Q Quickly, back on Gonzales. Would the White House consider a vote of no confidence to have any procedural impact at all, or would you consider it an empty political stunt?
MR. FRATTO: I think we would consider it to be just another political stunt.
Q Is it not important for the Attorney General to have the confidence of Congress?
MR. FRATTO: It’s important for any public official to have as much confidence as he can garner. And that’s going to ebb and flow, but it will not ebb and flow with this President and this Attorney General.
David S. Broder: The presideent clearly thought and acted as if he were above the law, or could bend it completely to his will. What happened was sickening, appalling on all the levels you describe.
Anonymous: 9/15/06 you typed about Clinton: “When a president loses his credibility, he loses an important tool for governing — and that is why I thought he should step down.” Do you think Mr. Bush retains credibility enough to govern effectively?
David S. Broder: I think that is seriously in question. But Vicve President Cheney would have less,so that option is not really available.
That’s hardly a ringing endorsement of the President, and it is hardly a claim that calls for impeachment are shrill and vituperative. The School of Higher Broderism now officially thinks impeachment is only off the table because the Vice-President is worse. Of course, we would all, all of us, like to impeach the Vice-President first…or perhaps as a kind of package deal.
We just need the Republicans to get with the program. We don’t need a President Pelosi. We can work something out. Fuck…let James Baker and Lee Hamilton run the country for the last year of Bush’s presidency. I don’t care. Just get these crooks out of here. Do it. Now.