NO CONFIDENCE….Even Republicans are starting to tire of Alberto Gonzales’s contempt and mendacity:
Senator Norm Coleman, Republican of Minnesota, said on Thursday that Mr. Gonzales should resign….In addition, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, said Mr. Gonzales’s resignation should now be considered a possibility. “When you have to spend more time up here on Capitol Hill instead of running the Justice Department, maybe you ought to think about it,” Mr. Roberts said.
This week, Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican of Nebraska, said Mr. Gonzales should leave. Other Republican senators who have called for his resignation are John McCain of Arizona, John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.
And Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has not called for Mr. Gonzales’s dismissal, came closer to saying that he was finished. “I have a sense that when we finish our investigation, we may have the conclusion of the tenure of the attorney general,” Mr. Specter said at a meeting of the committee on Thursday.
Democrats are planning to introduce a nonbinding vote of no confidence shortly. The way things are going, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t command a two-thirds majority by the middle of next week. That’s impeachment territory, if Bush and Gonzales decide to keep stonewalling.