You know who is probably having the worst week of them all? Alberto "Fredo" Gonzales. Did he get a grilling yesterday, or what? No Senator on the Judiciary Committee was tossing him a bone, not even Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has been carrying water for the White House on the attorney purge up until now. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) went so far as to suggest he resign during the hearing.
And the nation's op-ed pages seem to agree. Here's a round up of what they're saying:
The New York Times - Gonzales vs. Gonzales:
Mr. Gonzales came across as a dull-witted apparatchik incapable of running one of the most important departments in the executive branch ... At the end of the day, we were left wondering why the nation's chief law-enforcement officer would paint himself as a bumbling fool. Perhaps it's because the alternative is that he is not telling the truth.
Dallas Morning News - Seeing is Believing:
In his Senate testimony yesterday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said, "The moment I believe I can no longer be effective, I will resign as attorney general." With respect, we suggest that Mr. Gonzales watch the tape of his disastrous showing in Thursday's hearing. Seeing is believing.
Washington Post - Roughed Up on the Hill:
"The moment I believe I can no longer be effective I will resign as attorney general," Mr. Gonzales said yesterday. That moment has arrived, whether or not the attorney general and the president are willing to acknowledge it.
Boston Globe - No support for either Gonzales:
The Justice Department originally maintained that the firings were for reasons of poor performance. But Gonzales yesterday as much as admitted that performance was not the issue when he said that he ordered the dismissals without even looking at the attorneys' job evaluations. To yank prosecutors out of their offices and off ongoing investigations without even reviewing their evaluations is flagrant misconduct by Gonzales.