27
Aug
07

Gonzales resigns

And it’s about fucking time:

(Hat tip: The Liberty Papers, although the whole ‘net’s been gloating today.)

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

So here’s the thing: if you buy the idea that the Bush 43 administration is a particularly unpleasant aberration and that most American governments are basically decent (or at least will back away from odious behaviour, when given the opportunity), then the continuing disintegration of Bush 43 should lead to improvement — dismantling the invasive-”security” establishment, perhaps. Case in point: Congress has a certain amount of control over who replaces Gonzales, and if those who believe that the Dems are noticeably better than Rove’s Republicans are correct, we should expect them to reject any candidate whose views on things like, say, civil liberties are rather less abusive than Gonzales’s. Of course, by that theory, we should also have expected the Dems to peremptorily shitcan FISA-on-steroids, but that didn’t go so well.

I have a feeling that we won’t see any liberties restored or any federal powers diminished in the next year and a half. My cynical theory is that Pelosi, Reid, et al. are quite pleased to find their party the heir apparent to a substantially stronger federal government (and executive branch in particular), and are looking forward to abusing it in 2008 if (as seems inevitable) we elect a Democrat president. It’s churlish to complain: after all, it’s for our own good and we’ll thank them when we’re older.

In any case, I’ll raise a glass to Gonzales’s misfortune.


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