Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is all bent out of shape because Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired some U.S. attorneys. As far as I can tell this is none of Schumer's business. He even said so himself:
On MSNBC Schumer conceded: “You can certainly fire a U.S. Attorney for no cause or for good cause.”
Why then, is Schumer calling for Gonzales to resign?
Schumer insisted Gonzales step down immediately. “This has become about as serious as it gets,” he told reporters in his morning press conference.
As serious as it gets? As what gets?
Schumer obviously wants to throw some political dirt around (at taxpayer expense) by hauling White House officials before Congress.
Schumer made three demands. First, he said that Gonzales must resign. Then, he asked that Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former Deputy Atty. Gen. Kyle Sampson (who resigned over the weekend) testify before Congress. Schumer is also calling on President Bush to “clarify his role in this whole matter.”
Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.) has not called for Gonzales’ resignation but promised he would hold “very specific hearings” about the firings.
“I feel that the answers have been held back that should not have been,” he said. “It’s been frustrating and it makes me quite angry.”
And right on cue, Republicans are rolling over:
With no apparent Republican defense on Capitol Hill for Gonzales Democrats are eager to score some political points by conducting long, oversight hearings on the DOJ. This will have the byproduct of providing Chuck Schumer with even more free publicity.
"Free" publicity. For Chuck maybe, but not for American taxpayers. And "free" publicity ain't cheap.
John Hawkins answers his own question "Why aren't Republicans in Congress standing by Gonzales?
#1) Bush's approval rating is in the low thirties, so Republicans in Congress don't want to be associated with him any more than is absolutely necessary.
#2) If the Bushies aren't going to make a real effort to defend themselves, why does anyone think Republicans in Congress are going to stick their necks out to do it?
#3) Because of the Harriet Miers debacle, Republicans in Congress are probably terrified that Bush would nominate Gonzales for a Supreme Court seat if one came available and they know that if Alberto takes a beating here, that won't happen.
And then he goes on to compare the political acumen of the Bush administration to that of a 7th grader running for the student council. Why would John want to insult 7th graders like that? As a former 7th grader, I demand an apology.