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Democrats Say
'It's About Time'
For Gonzales to Go

Democratic presidential candidates offered a collective "it's about time!" to the news that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned.

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who called for Gonzales' resignation on March 13 of this year, was first out of the gate.

"Better late than never," Edwards said in a statement.

On CNN later this morning, Edwards added that "I've been calling for months for Alberto Gonzales to resign, I think for a whole variety of things, which the American people are now aware of his politicizing of the justice department. I think it's a good thing that he's gone."

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who voted against confirming Gonzales, said in a statement that "I have long believed that Alberto Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda, and so I am pleased that he has finally resigned today. The President needs to nominate an Attorney General who will be the people's lawyer, not the President's lawyer, and in an Obama Administration that person will first and foremost defend and promote the rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution."

Campaigning in Iowa, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said the Gonzales resignation "is long overdue. The President must nominate an Attorney General who is a lawyer for the American people not a political arm of the White House."

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd issued a statement this morning saying that the Justice Department under Gonzales became "a political wing of the Bush Administration" and that "his resignation is long overdue."

"I will only vote to confirm a nominee for Attorney General who is truly independent and who will guarantee reforms that restore and uphold the Constitution," Dodd said.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, in a statement released from her Senate office, called the resignation "long overdue" and accused Gonzales of being loyal to "the President, not the American people."

"Because he betrayed his obligations and the trust of the American people, I welcome today's announcement that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned his post as Attorney General of the United States," she said.

Without naming him, Clinton also took a swipe at Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff, who is rumored as a possible choice to lead the department.

"The second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is one more reminder that the President must appoint someone to lead the Department of Justice with the leadership and competence necessary to defend the Constitution," she wrote.

Republican candidates for president have not yet issued statements about the resignation.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  August 27, 2007; 12:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

I hope the Dems are not going to spend a lot of time and energy opposing idiot Bush's next pick for AT because this is just what Bush wants. Notice the timing of this resignation...trying to take Dems attention off Iraq and the Gen. P report. We need to end this war and not be distracted by morally degrading ads telling us more lies about winning. Maybe Bush should let the protesters come a little closer to him instead of keeping them miles away. They are voicing what many of us believe. Idiot Bush has lived in a velvet box all his life....he has no idea how any ordinary people live and does not seem to care how many of us die in this stupid war of his creation.

Posted by: nhgal28 | August 27, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I tried to watch Bush's statement, but I had to exit about halfway through. I thought I had stumbled onto a bad new cinema version of "1984." Either that, or Bush is just plain insane. He lives in an alternate universe. Not one single thing that he said was true.

BTW, Mr. Rouse, I had not thought of that as a possible explanation for Gonzo's departure, but it makes total sense. Do you really believe that the WH is going to turn over the documents?

Posted by: pjwhite530 | August 27, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to an apostate lying felon!

May he burn in Hell with Rove!

Posted by: WillSeattle | August 27, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

lambert_strether1
What makes you think iloveapiano is a Republican?

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | August 27, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Opponents Continue To Pile On Gonzales, Even After Resignation

Critics continued to hammer embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales even as Gonzales announced he would step down as the nation's top law enforcer.

http://onthehillblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/opponents-continue-to-pile-on-gonzales.html

Posted by: scottnance | August 27, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it is pretty obvious that Mr. Fielding, while putting together the documents for Senate and House requests, found that Fredo was going to get burned. That is what initiated this resignation. My two cents.

Posted by: james.rouse | August 27, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

When Rove resigned two weeks ago, I predicted Gonzo's resignation in this comment: "Comment on: Eugene Robinson - Goodbye, 'Boy Genius' - washingtonpost.com on 8/14/2007 1:57 PM
Here's a theory -- Gonzo will resign next. He refused to leave unless Rove also took a fall."

Posted by: patriot76 | August 27, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

first, gangsta rapper rove, now crossing the border gonzo are leaving the sinking ship aka bush administration. please let them all leave, knowing history will not serve you crooks well. i hope future politcos will study you, to learn what not to do when you get power.

Posted by: ninnafaye | August 27, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

iloveapiano:

Silly Republican. Of course it's a partisan issue. The Democrats have been weak on this, but they've been nothing like as weak as the Republicans. Spector rolled over every single time.

I understand why you'd want to preserve your brand, but honestly -- everybody who's a Republican now knows the score -- especially those still in office -- and you're all dirty, every single one of you.

Go rebuild your party on some principled basis, and then come back with your resentments.

Posted by: lambert_strether1 | August 27, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I resent the implication of your headline (especially in your email message) that ONLY Democrats called for Gonzales' resignation. There are plenty of Republicans in congress who were also fed up with him. Stop making this a partisan issue. It is not. We all know Gonzales has lied and subverted the constitution. The Republicans acknowledge that, and Gonzales' former assistants--many of them thought of as loyal Republicans--have testified that he was up to no good. Shame on you, Washington Post. And the Republicans have most of this country believing there is a liberal slant to our media? I don't think so!!!

Posted by: iloveapiano | August 27, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

So he FINALLY, though BELATEDLY, does the "Gonzo shuffle"? View my choice for successor:

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2007/08/breaking-news-us-attorney-general.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 27, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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