Gonzo finally went up to Capital Hill yesterday to try and explain away his role in the alternately infuriating and amusing but certainly unceasing pageant that is Gonzogate. Here's reports from "Hardball" and "NBC Nightly News" last night. I include them both because "Hardball" does a better job of documenting senatorial reaction (particularly Arlen Specter's, who has clearly had just about all he's going to take from this incompetent nincompoop) and NBC nicely chronicles Gonzo's sudden attack of senile dementia-he can't remember what he had for breakfast this morning. Check out the guy in the NBC piece keeping public tabs on "I don't remember" statements (72 in all...amazing).
It's clear Gonzo is just the latest flunkie taking a bullet for Rove and Bush, although that might be almost preferable to having a new one ripped for him by Sen. Specter in front of God and everybody. (If Specter hadn't been such a complete asshat in the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill affair, I'd probably like him better.) In any event, Republicans are clearly furious that the White House has allowed this to drag on for so long, knowing that every minute they are exposed as the party that allowed these manipulative frauds to run roughshod over the country and Constitution (yeah, I'm talking to you, Olympia) is rightfully costing them votes in 2008. I'm getting acclimated to the idea that Alberto Gonzales might be staying on until the end of the term because of the major fatal flaw of this president-intransigence. If Gonzo goes, it's going to have to look like the president's idea now. It may be worse for the country in the short run, but if it means that fewer right-wing hacks make it to national office in 2008 then I'm willing to let Gonzo sit on the hot seat a little longer, and I'll like it. Thanks for thinking of us on the left, Mr. President!!