I didn't get a chance to comment on the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Well, not so much that I didn't get a chance to as much as it took me by surprise. The timing was bizarre. Why, after months of being an albatross, did Gonzalez suddenly decide to resign? Did he see something in his horoscope that day? Read his tea leaves? Consult with Nancy Reagan's astrologer?
In a previous post, I'd commented on how it amazed and in a way delighted me that people like Paul Wolfowitz and Alberto Gonzalez, people who'd become huge liabilities for an already damaged administration hung in there, inflicting maximum damage before they finally resigned.
Truth be told, I'm not sure that I have a lot to say that hasn't already been said. It's clear that Gonazalez was involved in the firing of the Federal Attorneys. My son Adam had a joke he was telling everybody this weekend: Why did Alberto Gonzalez cross the road? Answer: "He doesn't remember." It's preposterous that a guy who could have the intelligence to get a law degree and serve as Attorney General would not remember something as important as the firing of a handful of the top prosecutors in the nation.
But I think that in the coming years, as the memoirs are written, stories too bizarre to believe will come to the fore. There is a pathology and dysfunction that goes beyond even wealth, class and privelege.
When I was a kid, watching the first couple of seasons of Saturday Night Live, there was a great bit depicting actual events in the White House as the Watergate dogs bayed outside of the doors of Nixon's White House. Nixon, in the midst of a meltdown, talked to the paintings of former presidents and had Henry Kissinger in his office kneeling and praying with him. The skit was not even an exaggeration of real events.
As the Iran-Contra scandal broke, there were equally bizarre scenes in the Reagan White House as people scattered to avoid blame and possible indictment.
There seems to be a very similar disconnect between perception and reality in the current White House. I guess that's appropriate, though-- there's a disconnect between the perception and reality with the people who elected this pack of rats. These people fucked up exactly as we all predicted they would-- maybe even worse. The fact of the matter is that I, and probably anybody reading this are not surprised one little bit by what's happened. But just because we're not surprised doesn't mean we're not distressed. Let's hope at least a portion of the rest of the electorate has wised up.