After months of perjuring himself before Congress in response to questions about his role in the firings of U.S. attorneys for failing to politicize their prosecutions and his role in illegal wiretaps, and after refusing for about the same amount of time to step down in spite of calls to do so even from members of his own political party, attorney general Alberto Gonzales has announced his resignation.
Let's see now, first Bush dumps Rumsfeld right after the Democrats win control of Congress. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Karl Rove announced his departure from the White House (read my blog entry about that here). Now Gonzo's going. Rove's resignation could almost be understood; this close to election season, he would have plenty of reason to begin devoting his time and energy to creating a new hate campaign strategy for whichever GOP presidential candidate he wants to put in office. But 'Berto departing, and so soon after? Something smells fishy, and this time it isn't Michelle Malkin's crotch after guest-hosting the O'Lielly Factor.
Rove has thus far defied a Congressional subpoena issued by Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy to testify about his role in the firings, as well as the illegal misuse of official e-mail accounts for political purposes. And Gonzales has until now been unable to escape talk of being brought up on perjury charges, and even impeachment from his cabinet position. Even White House spokesliar Tony Snow decided it was time to call it quits. Taken together, the resignations of the last few weeks reek absolutely of roaches departing the sinking S.S. Bush-Cheney.
Which begs the question: who's next to go?