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Gonzales Has Rough Time Tapping Young Minds for Legal Defense Fund

Buried by legal bills and hard up for cash, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales hit the college speaking circuit last month hoping to rake in big bucks. Instead, he's been raked over the coals, heckled or flat out turned down by students whose institutions he charges exorbitant fees to tap his amnesiac mind.

And things aren't likely to get any easier for Gonzo (as he's known in the tabloids) now that he has been identified as among the top Bush White House officials involved in discussions about the fate of the destroyed interrogation tapes.

Even before the CIA tapes scandal, Gonzales had become the subject of angry editorials and protests on campuses near and far. At the University of Florida last month, he was viciously heckled to the point that two students wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits blaring the words "civil liberties"- impersonating prisoners at Abu Ghraib - walked on stage and stood next to the former attorney general as he spoke. (Until they were arrested.)

It was a tough way to make $40,000. And it stands to get tougher. Gonzales is scheduled to speak on Feb. 19 at Washington University in St. Louis, where more demonstrations are expected, according to the student body president.

The talent agency Gonzales signed up with to get him speaking gigs at colleges and universities doesn't seem to be having a ton of luck. The agency, Greater Talent Network, based in New York, sent out a blast email to schools pitching Gonzales as a top-notch get - without mentioning, of course, that he's raising money for his legal defense fund. (Given the uproar, it's a good thing the agency promises its clients "the experience to handle any crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." Though one crisis the agency cannot handle is questions from reporters about Gonzales' popularity - or lack thereof - on the speaking circuit. "No one here would answer questions from a reporter," snapped one of the associates who answered the agency's phone, before she hung up on us.)

Pomona College in southern California is one school that has decided Gonzales isn't worth the $35,000 cost or the headache. Politics Professor Heather Williams lit the firestorm with an Op-ed in the school paper titled "Alberto Gonzales Is a Disgrace, Not a Speaker."

"Why invite a man who repeatedly broke the law, shredded the ethical codes of the institutions he served, and then lied about it?" Williams asked. In a telephone chat, the professor told us, "It occurred to me that in 15 years Gonzales might well be up on war crimes charges."

He's currently under investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general, who's looking at whether Gonzales committed perjury before Congress or improperly sought to influence the testimony of aide Monica Goodling about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

For Pomona professor Neil Gerard, the associate dean of students, the issue was more about cost than about Gonzales's ethical and legal woes. "[The students] couldn't raise the money," he said.

But the Gonzo show will go on at Wash U, where the student newspaper's liberal-leaning editorial page has endorsed the former AG's appearance - even though it opposes his policies.

While other schools may shy away from controversy, student body president Neil Patel, a Democrat, says controversy is a big motivation in having Gonzales come speak. "One of our goals this year was to get this campus more politically engaged." He welcomes peaceful demonstrations as part of that dialogue.

And with potential fallout over Gonzales's involvement in discussions about the destruction of videotaped waterboarding sessions of terrorism suspects, imagine how creative hecklers in St. Louis could get!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 21, 2007; 10:20 AM ET
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"...two students wearing black hoods and orange jumpsuits blaring the words "civil liberties"- impersonating prisoners at Abu Ghraib - walked on stage and stood next to the former attorney general"

LOVE IT! This guy is the poster child for crooked dealings and SHOULD be tried for war crimes, along with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of the 'Fourth Reich' !

Posted by: Richard | December 21, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Universities should be about exposing students to many points of view and there are many, many fine speakers capable of expressing conservative viewpoints with great articulation. Without even going into his other baggage, I cannot imagine anyone LESS articulate that Gonzales. Bringing Gonzo on campus is about the worst thing that a college can do to gut punch the conservative viewpoint.

Posted by: Clay | December 21, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

So Gonzales is "buried in legal bills and hard up for cash," eh?

Where are his rich and powerful friends? Why isn't the Bush family helping him? Where's all that loyalty we keep hearing is so important to W?

I hope that Gonzales is tried for war crimes. Maybe he'll suddenly remember everything he claims to have forgotten -- and take the entire Bush inner circle down with him.

Posted by: magpie | December 21, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Maybe there's hope for the world after all. I loved the article "Gonzo is a Disgrace, not a Speaker." And good for Neil Patel to keep stirring the pot.

Posted by: scallywager | December 21, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Gonzales is a crook.

Posted by: sdfhsf | December 21, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall what I was going to say about...

Posted by: blogger | December 21, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

George where are you?

Posted by: A.G. | December 21, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Tony you better keep your mouth shut or else.

Posted by: G. Bush | December 21, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The only reson Gonzales got the job in the first place is because he is a midget and because our vertical-challenged president was able to tower over him whenever they had their picture taken together.

Same thing with Mukasey.

Same thing with Harriet Miers.

Same thing with Cheney..and Rove...and Rice...and Rummy etc, etc, etc.

That is THE number one qualification if you want to work for the bubble-boy!

Posted by: chasemonster | December 21, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget about our deal Tony.

Posted by: Rummy | December 21, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Luke (Tony), I am your father.

Posted by: Cheny | December 21, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I assume that the the schools that are hosting AG are paying his speaking fees out of the student activities fund or similar fund. At a school with 5,000 students, that's $8.00 per student.

If I were a student, I'd howl to if $8.00 (or even 8 cents) of my money was going to this crooked crony.

Posted by: Don | December 21, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Remember Tony - what happens at the whitehouse stays at the whitehouse. And by the way, I need those interrrogation tapes back (Did I say that out loud?) Quick delete this transmission!

Posted by: Rap master Rove | December 21, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I can't imagine any student wants to hear more of Gonzo's "I don't recall" speech.

Gonzo will be facing war crime charges, no doubt about it. It's just a matter of time.

Posted by: student | December 21, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Universities should be about exposing students to many points of view and there are many, many fine speakers capable of expressing conservative viewpoints with great articulation. Without even going into his other baggage, I cannot imagine anyone LESS articulate that Gonzales. Bringing Gonzo on campus is about the worst thing that a college can do to gut punch the conservative viewpoint.

Puh-lease. Fredo Gonzales is the perfect embodiment of today's "conservative viewpoint:" (1) do whatever we feel like doing without regard to any pesky little laws we don't like and (2) when caught, lie like a cheap hairpiece. Now add self-loathing homosexuality and that's your whole entire conservative viewpoint right there.

Posted by: matthew | December 21, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I like it! Oh how I like!

First that the students are giving him a hard time. Cheers for you guys!.... Give the clown what he deserves.

Then the fact, that the Gonzo Bonzo, is short of cash.

How can that be? Libby got a multi million dollar fund to grease his attorneys, thanks to so many friends in AiPAC and AEI, among others, but Gonzo seems to be friendless, and penniless.

Very puzzling! After all the good job done for them? How funny! Thought his "friends" weren't biased towards the colored. Real stupid punk.

The Gonzo might be, after all, what everybody thought. That he's a real sucker. Not that bright. Some five-cornered square.

He didn't line his pockets while serving the Big Boss and Dead Eye Dick, like so many did.

Didn't seem to have the know how. Same as in the DOJ. Just his Master's slavish voice, and no smart knowledge of the Law.

Live and learn.

Posted by: bekabo | December 21, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in Gonzo's so-called friends. Where are they? Why can't they stand up for this man as they do for Scooter? Is it because he's Mexican-American?

If I didn't know any better, I'd suspect this story is trying to drum up some sympathy for our poor, pitiful and un-American toady, potential felon and just plain all-out weasel.

Guess what? No F.N. way.

I am encouraged that some students still have a sense of moral outrage. Unlike the comparatively warm welcome Karl Rove got at Duke University here in Durham, NC a few weeks ago. Those Duke students in attendance wanted to see what they "could learn" from this marketing genius. What we got instead were people old enough to be their parents protesting Rove's contributions to American politics.

So don't feel too hopeful about the future generation of American voters. They seem willing to warm up to SUCCESSFUL fascism. It's the amateur stuff like Gonzo they can't stand.

Posted by: tony the pitiful copywriter | December 21, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

When is the republican party going to wake up to the fact that their party has been hijacked by the religious right? What is ironic about this is that God gives everyone the freedom to choose but the religious right do not. It is their way or the highway. Gonzalez is just a mouthpiece for these zealots. Republicans take your oarty back from these cooks. Go back to being a true conservative party that espouses individual freedom and less govenment intrusion. Inseting God into politics is the mission of evangelicals and will destroy the United States.

Posted by: wondering | December 21, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Bush is supporting Gonzo just like he supported Powell. What is the common denominator? Can you say "minority"? Loyalty only matters to Bush if you are a fellow blue blood. This house of cards will come crashing down soon enough. There are not enough fingers to plug the holes in the dike anymore.

Posted by: so obvious | December 21, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting how Cheney and Bush look after their own. Here's this guy literally hanging himself in public to support these guys and they let him roast on the spit. There really is no loyalty amongst thieves. I hope this clown sees the error of his way and helps the people go after the true culprits. Merry Christmas Dicky.

Posted by: adobelane | December 21, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

And they impeached Clinton for lying about what?

Posted by: WOW | December 21, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The entire despicably evil "w"/DICKY regime deserves this type of treatment, starting with the two head jerks.

Posted by: Ken | December 21, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Unlike Bush/Cheney, Alberto is finding out that the other 95% of America actually exists.

Posted by: WDRussell | December 21, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If Gonzales were as good at tapping minds as he was at tapping phones, he would have no problems at all raising cash.

Posted by: Semakweli | December 21, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The same fate awaits Puddin'head once he (finally) leaves office!
Not the money of course since he was born rich...but other than Klan meetings and Republican Conventions, who will pay him to speak?

Posted by: Kase | December 21, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As Bill O'Reilly would say, that's bull! What about all the good things Gonzo did? I've heard O'Reilly has a chapter on the former Attorney-General in his new book, "Torture Warrior."

Posted by: P. Arthur Lawley, Esq., P.A. | December 21, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales, the perfect example of the Peter Principle at its worst, exemplifies the Bush White House in all its horrific incompetency. Therefore, his college appearances will serve as a teaching device for those students who need a comparison between what is good and bad in government.

Posted by: Diogenes | December 21, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It is an immoral act to give money to a speaker who has committed immoral and illegal acts and who can reasonably be suspected of treason. To argue that this speaker might have done a few good deeds ignores the fact that even Goebbels did some good things but that Goebbels' few good acts did not outweigh his evil.

Posted by: John H Davis | December 21, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I have absolutely NO sympathy for torture guy.

Posted by: Barbara | December 21, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse


I looked forward to the day when I see Gonzo standing on a street corner wearing a sign that says, "Homeless. Will lie to Congress for food. Please help. God bless."


Posted by: Frank | December 21, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Where is he speaking next? I want to be there, rotten eggs and tomatoes at the ready. I want to be there so I can heckle that punk. I want torture boy to hear from me, exactly what I think of him. In my fantasy, midway through his speech there's a chorus of boos, and then the audience rushes the stage, carries him off, tars and feathers him, and frog marches him out of town. (In my darker fantasy, the crowd water-boards him). Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Posted by: Kurt | December 21, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

It was not a tough way to make $40,000.

Posted by: Singing Senator | December 21, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

You go, Matthew! I was thinking the same thing, but I'll simply add that the best way to show the "conservative point of view" is for them to offer demonstrations on "How to Steal Candy from Little Children," "Playground Bullying: How a Grown Adult Can Push a Kid Down, Make the Kid Cry, and Get Away with It by Saying 'It is for your own GOOD!", and "How to Enjoy a 2-week Scotland Golf Vacation (with Champagne and Caviar) by Stealing the Money from Families Living in Trailers and Working at Wal-Mart".

That would be a more apt and balanced presentation on the "conservative point of view".

Posted by: winngerald | December 21, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo deserves whatever he gets! More precisely, that's nothing plus prosecution for war crimes!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 21, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

While he deserves all he gets, it is hard for me to overlook the pattern developing here. We blame everyone in the Bush administration but W himself.

Rumsfeld, Perino, Gonzalez, Cheney, Condeleezza (sp), Rove, Libby, etc.

A measure of a great leader is the company he keeps. It is impossible to select perfect people to be part of your team but the fact remains that Bush stuck with these very same people months and in some cases years after issues developed.

Again, this is part of his dictatorial trait. He does what he pleases and doesn't listen to his constituency.

In the end, I hope Congressman Wexler gets enough petition e-signatures to start impeachment hearings on Cheney and ultimately Bush.

I will continue to be ashamed to be an American while I allow this President to remain in power.

This is serious. Please act now. Not a democrat or republican issue. It is about the Constitution.

Posted by: WebPerez | December 21, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

All the scorn and ire rightfully directed at Gonzo and W in these replies does this heart so good

The blabbering W brigade is learning the hard way that they are nothing but radical, wild-eyed extremists who do NOT represent the political, social or religious mainstream in our country

Again, to all those who replied before I did, thanks, the scorn and mockery are exactly what everyone in this Administration-and it's bipartisan lackeys-deserves on a constant basis, and y'all have summed up your points beautifully

Posted by: KingCranky | December 21, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Where's big fat Dick Carlson, his loser son Tucker, Mary Matalin and the other Neo Con ass licking lovers who rasied money for Scooter? They aren't going all the way for the little Mexican Gonzo guy, huh? LOL. IMO, it shows Jews are in charge and the hispanics and just lap dog losers. Too bad Gonzo - all the other neo-con losers in DC take note. You wuill be sold out - hear that Miss Perino?

Posted by: Dr McLaughlin - 25 yrs and loving it!!! | December 21, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine the equivalent events in George Bush's post-White House speaking career: carefully chosen, invitation-only events where no one will ask problematical questions about his career. Ghostwritten books published with huge advances from Regnery. Commentary on Fox. The bubble around him will remain inviolable. And thus he'll be able to "replenish the old coffers"

Posted by: DFC | December 21, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Bush family could write him a check.

Posted by: Fairfax | December 21, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo the clown was a disgrace to the Justice Department.

Posted by: circus | December 21, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales has politicized the Justice Department - using it as an arm of the Republican Party to embarrass, investigate and improperly indict Democrats. Even Dick Thornburgh -- REAGAN'S AG -- told Congress this was the case.

Google "political profiling".

He is a war criminal and a conspirator against the civil rights of every American who is not a loyal Bushie. Cry him no tears. The Bush Family has a record of helping its friends -- and helping them keep silent -- that any Mafia family would envy. He'll be the token Hispanic on a bunch of oil company boards, once the heat dies down.

But, he'd best be careful traveling the world. He may find himself telling judges at the Hague how much he forgot!

Posted by: Phil C. | December 21, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so down on Gonzo?

He was just doing work that no American would do.

Posted by: smokinmike | December 21, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess this little weasel is finding out just how popular he and the administration he lied for really are. If he has any recollection where it was he actually worked or in what capacity?

Posted by: Larry in Houston | December 21, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Gonzales should be trying to tap ANYBODY'S mind, or their phones, either, I think that's part of the general problem, here, Alberto was more or less Bush's stooge sent forth on a mission to do whatever, and sure enough, he did, but he doesn't seem to have mastered that 'piece of paper' either, all things considered. Creative selective politically motivated law enforcement is A Problem.
But, add it to the list of other IG BushCo

Posted by: Bert | December 21, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I love the passion shown here. Please act (if you haven't already.

- Sign the impeachment petition at

- Call you or email your House representative and tell them to act on stopping FISA, Patriot Act, and starting impeachment hearings.

- Help Chris Dodd even if you don't him as President. He is fighting the FISA immunity component. I saw him on C-SPAN a few nights ago when he stopped campaigning in IOWA to filibuster and he succeeded. But early next year, they will bring it back up.

Merry Holidays!

Posted by: WebPerez | December 21, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

This all sounds very familiar.

I was an editor of one of Boston University's two student papers back in 1974-75 when what was, perhaps, the mother of controversial-speaker-gets-invited-then-disinvited battles erupted over President Nixon's former spokesman, Ron Ziegler.

A student program board had invited Ziegler to speak, and to be paid from a student fund. After intense protest erupted, the board withdrew the invitation. National media, including CBS News, had a field day ridiculing the students as hypocrites who, after years of demanding their free-speech rights, were now denying those rights to others. Concerned about the damage being done to the school's reputation, BU's flinty president (and later gubernatorial candidate) John Silber tried to stanch the criticism by re-inviting Ziegler with the university's own money.

Then, as now, those urging Ziegler/Gonzalez's appearance tried to cast the matter as one of free speech. It is nothing of the sort. Just as Ron Ziegler was, and Al Gonzalez is, free to exercise their right to speak their minds either on campus or off, no one is obliged to pay thousands of dollars for the privilege. Students who believe their money is being misspent by enriching wrongdoers -- or contributing to their legal defense funds -- are entitled to persuade their representatives not to do it, even if that means withdrawing an invitation.

I stand with the students and faculty who think that officials who failed to tell the truth when they worked for the public aren't any more likely to do it when they're just out for themselves.

Posted by: Meridian | December 21, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am sure his bosom buddies Bush, Cheney, etc. can assist him with his legal bills since all he has done is their bidding so I am sure that they have his back and like Libby Bush will bail him out with a pardon should he face any prison time. But then again Bush has stacked enough courts to get his buddy off before he obtains any conviction.

Posted by: hotezzy | December 21, 2007 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Fredo did such a good job at the DC office, I'm sure Shrub can find him a place as a ranch hand back in Crawford.

Posted by: thebob.bob | December 21, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

They should have practiced captial punishment on the goofball!

Posted by: tom | December 21, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Where DID you find Mary Ann Goebbels??

Posted by: tom | December 21, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

"It is an immoral act to give money to a speaker who has committed immoral and illegal acts and who can reasonably be suspected of treason. To argue that this speaker might have done a few good deeds ignores the fact that even Goebbels did some good things but that Goebbels' few good acts did not outweigh his evil.

Posted by: John H Davis | December 21, 2007 01:53 PM"

Look at the other side- John Yoo and Ruth Wedgwood landed cushy Law School jobs at Schools that didn't mind their moral degeneracy a bit.

Monte Haun

Posted by: Monte Haun | December 22, 2007 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Meridian @ 6:53 makes a good point, and a great counter argument to the 'free speech' cries in Gonzales' defense:

If he wants to speak his mind, let him stand in the commons and talk like everyone else, unpaid.

The First Amendment doesn't say we're free to be paid for speaking our minds. Although I'd guess that's how the Corporate Constitution might put it.

Posted by: chachacha | December 22, 2007 1:39 AM | Report abuse

It an honor to invite someone to a university to speak. It says volumes about the morals of the school when they honor with money one of the architects of tortue and a civil rights criminal. Why isn't this turtle in jail?

Posted by: hhkeller | December 22, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Gonzo, believe me!

Ain't no way you gonna get the tons of dollars needed for the legal fees.

So what you gonna do now?

Make a deal, punk, when the D.A. gets you corned, which won't take long. you're the fall guy. It was decided before you got the job as AG.

So, spill the beans. Talk to the judge and name the others.

It's not sure you'd survive it, as they sure gonna zotze you .

But at least, and once in your life, you'd have done a sacrifice for your country.

Do the right thing little man!

Posted by: bekabo | December 22, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

al gonzalez will be forced to use as his legal team the same third-rate, right-wing partisans from bible-u school of law; hopefully he'll spend 25 years in a fed lockup

Posted by: listats | December 25, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

What the hell did we expect from this lying sack of crap? During his confirmation hearings he lied about his role in Bush's excusal from jury duty, and although evewryone knew he was lying, yet they confirmed him anyway. Did they think the slimey little pissant was all the sudden gonna get some integrity?

Posted by: PissedOffAmerican | December 25, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I think the Gonzales episode isnt over, because Judiciary Rep Conyers started to explore why Ca, Ks, Mo, and Texas all had DOJ attys fired, and they all had BILLION DOLLAR MEDICARE FRAUD cases against Tenet Health Care and Novation.

Interesting to note, the Texas DOJ chief, after a NY times story, was to appear in wash DC for a subcommitee hearing on medicare fraud. The night before in Texas, she accidently DROWNED in her swimming pool (Colbert). Her asst DOJ atty (Ross) accidently died 30 days before.

In Texas, the only remaining THREE MEN on the DOJ case were all TERMINATED by Gonzales 30 days later, and new Ca Ks Mo and Texas DOJ atty SETTLED for $7-$22 MILLION,with Florida AG also settling his 2003 case in 2005 for $13 MILLION. Gonzales immediately , after getting his position, fired TEXAS DOJ Shelby. As you know, he went after Enron, El Paso gas, and Arthur Anderson.

Also, we had the DOJ atty in Va. terminated and that investigation against AIG-Greenberg and all the re-insurance companies ended, with the FBI BEGGING not to dismiss the cases. They had 100 boxes of evidence.

No, billion dollar corporate America thanks Gonzales for taking the hit....I am sure he will have money in his mailbox for Christmas, dont you?

Posted by: theloneconsumer | December 26, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Fiorst of all what in the world does Ganzales have to say that any American would want to hear? Why would someone pay 35,000 dollars to hear him speak? All he knows is how to lie - taught by the Masters Bush and Cheney.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 26, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful to read. Nothing could cheer me up more. I just hope Karl Rove gets this lovely treatment when he tries to make money he doesn't deserve.

Posted by: Vicki | December 26, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Gonzo's talent agency the Greater Talent Network booking him on a speaker's tour in Israel, the new Russia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,Pakistan, Iraq, and maybe find a few of the remaining corrupt governments on the African and South American Continents.

Posted by: grndwtruprzng | December 26, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I am SO HAPPY that Gonzo is HURTING. Anything that causes him angst was already bought and paid for by he having prostituted himself to BUSH. For him to be treated for the little HO that he is, is justice.

Posted by: Joseph | December 26, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for the Liberal Press you sheep wouldn't know what to think or say. The Liberal Press is actually traitorous in the way they make up the news and not simply REPORT THE NEWS.

Posted by: Oregon 1 | December 27, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Orygun1, what an utterly banal comment. Gonzales is an unconvicted felon who needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.
You are the traitorous sheep. Your ignorance is killing this country. Please move to a third world country now. If you like Bush, you'll love it in Mexico or Colombia.

Posted by: YogiBarrister | December 27, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo's reputation is already in the toilet. So why don't he plead guilty to all the charges, accept his sentence, then sit back and let Dubya pardon him? No need to pay a lawyer to do that. But he better hurray up. There's only a year left, then he won't get any pardons.

Posted by: xtrump | December 28, 2007 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the students of this country will show our congress that they have higher standards.
Gonzo is just another puppet in the Bush Administration..
If everyone thinks that this government has problems now. Just wait and see what happens if we end up with a Administration after the next election that has the same frame of reference.
If we have another President that picks out people like Bush, we will have a lame duck in the first year of office.
That will be History in the making, a first.
Nothing, war or what ever will give them relief.

Posted by: Charles Lopez | December 28, 2007 12:44 AM | Report abuse

those overprivileged college students should all be drafted

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for the Liberal Press you sheep wouldn't know what to think or say. The Liberal Press is actually traitorous in the way they make up the news and not simply REPORT THE NEWS.

Posted by: Oregon 1 | December 27, 2007 02:20 PM

Thanks for the laugh, I needed one. The mere idea that
"liberals" are sheep that need the "liberal press" to tell us what to think would be even more funny if it wasn't for the fact that you neo-cons get all of your "news" from people like Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Rielly who spout off their opinions and tell it like it is news and facts. You are the "sheep" here, along with the few "loyal Bushies" that are left in this country. It is people like you, that place party and your hatred for "liberals" above everything else, that are the true traitors of this country. My only solace is that there is only a little over a year left of the absolutely worse, most corrupt and lyingest President and his idiot, moronic policies and cronies. I can only hope that this country will survive Chief-Chimp's last year in office.

Posted by: toppcatt71 | December 28, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"liberal" is hate speech you are supposed to call us socialists

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

toppcatt71, Bush is not African

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

that very last statement referencing toppcatt's statement is hate speech and should be condemned. what is connection between chief chimp and Mr. Bush not being African. It is good to know everyone can assess a computer now even the most ignorant in the land, good luck Bubba

Posted by: awetide | December 28, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

FISA never leave home without it!

Posted by: Diane | December 29, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I just went through the whole lot of letters and am surprised to find not ONE mail in support of GOnzo but for that mail from Oregon1 on liberal press being traitorous or the equivalent !

Isnt that conclusive?!!!

Posted by: Maran<India. | December 29, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

It took a long time to read all of these comments, but it was well worth it. Oregon1, for instance seems not to be able to tell the difference between news and commentary. And while I, too, would like to see this bunch (the Bush League) eventually pay for the damage they have done to our country both internally and internationally, I doubt that any congress likely to sit over the next couple of decades will find the political courage to do the right thing unless someone - like Gonzales - decides to tell the truth.

To all those that understand the difference between free speech and paid speech - thanks! There is no such thing as a college fund that doesn't include student monies, just as there is no such thing as tax money that doesn't include your money and mine. To ask (or force) students to contribute to a defense fund of this type is in itself immoral. I see far too many instances where the right objects on moral grounds to tax money being spent on valid initiatives desired by a majority. Yet they see nothing wrong with spending money on an immoral war, unconstitutional infringements (such as abuse of FISA), or legal defense funds for those who have no defense. As bekabo says, it's time for one of these guys to do the right thing. Al, if you're still listening in, DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THESE GUYS DOWN!

Posted by: another liberal | December 30, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

bring them all down with the awesome power of our keyboards!

Posted by: yet another liberal | December 31, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

pay him to speak absurd, allow him to speak yes let him face the the public he so betrayed and the constitution he subverted, let that be his community work before he faces trial, hopefully after the next election so pardons can't be granted.

Posted by: palco11 | December 31, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This is why Mexico is so screwed up, people like Gonzo run that country.
Anyone who gives him 1 cent is a fool, he's a corrupt lying sack o crap.
Gonzo has done more to destroy the credibilty of the AG's office then we the people realize, he should be tried for treason at the very least and crimes against against humanity.

Posted by: majik13 | January 1, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey , He`s alive ! It`s good thing that Gonzales wasn`t in the "Wet Willie" cabinet ! The "Park Police" would have another "suicide" investigation on their hands to handle instead of the FBI ! Vince Foster , Ron Brown , and the rest of the unfortunate`s that lost their lives for knowing too much under "wet willie" & "slippery hillary" applaude for him !

Posted by: Barry | January 2, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

With the president being such a good judge of character why wouldn't he foot the bill for 'ol Gonzo's defense? Gonzo is his boy isn't he?
I think that any university should turn it's back to opportunity of having such a liar speak. Though it would make for some lively heckling,I don't think universities should play any role in funding his defense.I think it's funny how that is never mentioned when he is pitched to schools.
Gonzo is one of the few characters walking the earth that I could say,"Go die." and truly mean it.

Posted by: P.T.Chesser | January 2, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

They'll all have their names on a long list of latter-day war criminals one day. It'll read like a Nuremburg trials court docket. The Bush/Cheney Hall of Shame.

Posted by: GCE | January 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Washington University in St. Louis should be ashamed of themselves. Would they have paid Pol Pot or Idi Amin to speak at their school just to get the students more "politically engaged?" Sorry, buddy, that fig leaf won't cover your shame.

Posted by: Gasmonkey | January 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

majik, you would not believe how many more damn dirty Mexicans have infiltrated the Bush administration, it's like Taco Tuesday over there

Posted by: Mitt | January 4, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Gonzo will be left swinging in the wind. If he disappears from the scene, we'll know he was ready to spill the beans. His nervousness in public showed he was lying every time he spoke. He believed his Bush Master would protect him as he did with Scooter. Tsk, tsk. Too bad Gonzo's brain wasn't working when folks began walking away from the Bush administration. Watch out Perino and Condy. Your boss has already allowed you to be embarrassed. Time to be like the raven and say, "Never more."

Posted by: Bitsey | January 4, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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