At long last, Alberto Gonzales has resigned.
After showing a strong tendency toward stupidity, at least he hasn’t been overplaying the “I’m doing this to spend time with my family” angle, although they do get a mention.
On the other hand, Gonzales’ President is still not short on stupidity. Apparently, everyone has been really unfair to the A-G. Just because he politicised the Department of Justice, then faked memory problems and lied in sworn testimony, doesn’t mean anyone should be calling him names like “incompetent” or “perjurer”.
As noted on JURIST, the resignation doesn’t get Gonzales or the Bush administration clear of all the Justice-related dramas (especially the US Attorney firings and bypassing FISA), but it does take away the possibility of impeachment for Gonzales.
The critical question now is how Congress will handle the appointment of a new Attorney-General. After giving ground on both Iraq and the amendment of FISA, they absolutely have to stand strong in preventing another Bushie from filling Gonzales’s vacancy. An independent Department of Justice is critical to Congressional oversight of the White House – if Congress can rely on the DoJ to assist with enforcing subpoenas on current and former White House employees then it should add to the pressure on the President’s staff to comply with attempts for accountability.