Although Democrats this week failed to muster the required 60 votes to move forward a resolution of no confidence in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a majority of senators did express their support for the measure, including Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Said Specter: “I think the attorney general has not done the job, and the Department of Justice would be much better off without him. . . . There is no doubt that the department at the present time is in shambles.”
That’s a pretty remarkable vote of no confidence from a leading member of the president’s party. And the almost total absence of any defense of Gonzales by GOP senators also spoke loudly.
In the Kansas delegation, Sen. Pat Roberts voted against the resolution; Sen. Sam Brownback was missing in action (again).
The vote is certainly “political,” as President Bush charged, but it also accurately reflects how little credibility Gonzales has left in Congress. The Justice Department deserves a stronger leader.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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