FAIR PLAY / SUBSTANTIAL JUSTICE

gonzales is a horrible lawyer and person

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan Locke on January 5, 2009

says Ryan.

Gonzales was recently interviewed in the Wall Street Journal and wow, he is such a douche.

“What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?” he said during an interview Tuesday, offering his most extensive comments since leaving government.

During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that “for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

For the casualty of the war on terror comment, I think that might offend the actual casualties of the war on terror.  For the “what did I do wrong” comment, I’ll let CBS News’s Andrew Cohen take that one:

In an extraordinary interview this past week, the man who enabled the worst scandal at the Justice Department since Watergate rhetorically asked: “What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?”

The man who rubber-stamped our government’s dubious torture policy and controversial warrantless surveillance work then told Evan Perez of The Wall Street Journal: “For some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating polices that people disagree with.”

That’s probably because Gonzales was the person who formulated ridiculous policies that destroyed the Justice Department.

Is it conceivably possible as we enter 2009 that he honestly believes he did nothing “fundamentally wrong” at the Justice Department during the U.S. Attorney scandal? Does he fail to understand that his last, pathetic appearance before Congress – in which senators literally laughed in his face for his lack of recollection about key events – reflects a broader rejection of him by Washington’s Establishment?

Maybe Gonzales was rejected by the Washington Establishment because he was a very bad boy while in office.

Gonzales deserves the full measure of scorn he currently is receiving from the best and the brightest in the nation’s capital. He allowed (or he encouraged) federal prosecutors to be threatened (and ultimately judged) by partisan hacks. He allowed zealots like John Yoo and David Addington to hijack our privacy rights. And if he wasn’t officially the “architect” of the government’s embrace of torture as a policy option, he was at a minimum the “general contractor” or the “building inspector” who ensured that the odious policy was approved.

These allegations are only the beginning of the litany of charges history will heap upon Gonzales’ tenure as Attorney General (and, before that, as White House counsel). Violent crime rose during his tenure at the Justice Department, as did illegal drug use in many suburban and rural areas of the country. Terror law prosecutions – like the conspiracy trials of Zacarias Moussaoui – were often a travesty upon justice. And Gonzales failed or refused to broker an honest, workable deal among Congress, the Pentagon, the White House and the federal courts when it came to the rights of terror detainees.

Elsewhere in the Wall Street Journal article, Gonzales says he’s writing a book to set the record straight. So why is whining to the media now?

  1. No one will hire Gonzales because he’s a hack lawyer who ruined the Justice Department.
  2. He’s afraid of being prosecuted by the new administration because what he did at the Justice Department was at best just barely legal and likely criminal.

Here are some suggestions on what Gonzales could do:

So instead of pretending he is a victim – and thereby insulting the real victims of the legal war on terror – maybe Gonzales could slink back to Texas and get a job there. Or instead of pretending he is a martyr, and thereby insulting the brave public officials who did stand up for the Constitution these past eight years, maybe Gonzales could instead become a professor at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, the third-tier law school whose graduates (Monica Goodling, for one) turned into the hacks that ruined the credibility of the Justice Department. Takes one to teach one, right? Whatever.

Don’t go away sad, Alberto, just go away.

You deserve all the bad things coming your way, Gonzales.

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