Bush’s Consigliere

Great editorial in today’s New York Times:

During the hearing on his nomination as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales said he understood the difference between the job he held — President Bush’s in-house lawyer — and the job he wanted, which was to represent all Americans as their chief law enforcement officer and a key defender of the Constitution. Two years later, it is obvious Mr. Gonzales does not have a clue about the difference.

He has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bush’s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them.

Be sure to read the whole thing. And speaking of abuse of power — Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor write for McClatchy Newspapers

Presidential advisor Karl Rove and at least one other member of the White House political team were urged by the New Mexico Republican party chairman to fire the state’s U.S. attorney because of dissatisfaction in part with his failure to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation in the battleground election state.

In an interview Saturday with McClatchy Newspapers, Allen Weh, the party chairman, said he complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove and asked that he be removed. Weh said he followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House.

“Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?” Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event that month.

“He’s gone,” Rove said, according to Weh.

“I probably said something close to ‘Hallelujah,'” said Weh.

If Gonzales is Tom Hagen, is Rove Pete Clemenza? Or Luca Brasi?

7 thoughts on “Bush’s Consigliere

  1. Maha,
    Unfortunately, this is reality not fiction. A real reality show, not a fake one – or a movie.
    “The Godfather” is but one analogy. “Back to the Future” may be another one.
    We have gone back to Nixonian times – only worse. Much worse. Much, much worse.
    Here are today’s Four Evil Musketeers:
    The Unitarian President
    His idealogical side-kick, the VP (and the “brain” behind the evil, with Rove’s help)
    His enabler Condaleeza Rice
    And his legal supporter the AG – AG.
    None, are going to fall easily. They will fight every step of the way.
    And that is what all of the rest of us must prepare for. Their fight.
    If you think you’ve seen dirty tricks before, think again…
    They will use everything and anything, and I mean EVERYTHING and ANYTHING, that is possible.

    They know the crimes that they have committed, even if we don’t.
    Horrible crimes… Crimes that set the cause of democracy back to the time before Jefferson. Crimes against humanity…
    They know it.
    Expect their defence.
    It will be an attack!
    Like a cornered rat, they will attack! In as many directions as they can. And, like someone holding a tiger by the tail, we can’t let go. But, at the same time as we hold the tiger by the tail, we have to hold the Democrat’s feet to the fire!
    There is hope. Blistered feet, a frustrated tiger, and the Hague. Hold out for that…

  2. BTW – “HOPE” is one of the few four-letter word’s that I love! Unfortunately, I use the other ones much, much more often….

  3. Cheney’s the godfather, and Bush is the cat he holds and pets while taking care of business. Rove has to be Luca. He isn’t about following orders, doing what has to be done, whether it’s going to the mattresses or cooking spaghetti. He’s Brasi–one talent in the world, putting a hit on enemies.

  4. I see Gonzales as the character Dr. Herman Eistein played by Peter Lorrie in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace. I also see an undefinable similarity to Roland Freisler

  5. It’s amazing that the FBI can trample all over the Constitution and the rights and protections of the American people, and Gonzales describes it as a “lapse”. Yeah, and Jeffry Dahmer had a lapse also?

  6. Closest fit for Cheney: Pope Alexander VI (Borgia). Bancrupted the Vatican so he could wage wars on everyone in sight.

    Agree with Swami – Peter Lorrie would have done a dynamite Gonzales. We’ll have to settle for Bill Murray.

  7. Re: impeaching Gonzales

    As Dirty Harry would say: go ahead Democrat punks, make my day!

    Seriously, Republicans would like nothing better than this. Can you say political hari-kiri? How do you think Democrat-leaning Hispanic voters would react to such a move?

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