Wow - two great Monday mornings in August where we've been greeted with the news that a top Bush-Cheney administration official is gone, daddy, gone. Alberto Gonzales has resigned as attorney general, effective September 17. With the departures of Don Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, and now Gonzales, we have seen the exodus of three of the most damaging figures in recent American history. This is great news indeed, even though the resignations appear to be bald-faced attempts to thwart Congressional checks and balances on the administration's ethical and legal breaches - and even though the biggest crook of all is still in office.
John Nichols writes on TheNation.com that Democractic-led investigations into Gonzales, Rove, and others have "hit the administration hard -- so hard that the president is now jettisoning his oldest and closest aides in order to prevent the inquiry from evolving into a serious examination of his own lawlessness. ... The important thing now is to make sure that the administration does not succeed in using high-profile departures to shut down -- or, at the very least, to diminish the seriousness and the extent of -- those inquiries." (Full article here.)
Update 2:20 p.m.: Jill has a ssssmokin essay at New West on reports that Bush may appoint Michael Chertoff to succeed Gonzales. And in the comments below, Tara notes that Gonzo will step down on the most fitting day possible: Constitution Day.