Alberto Gonzales

Gonzales Takes Licking, Keeps Ticking

Is the worst of it over for Alberto Gonzales?

Yes, the embattled U.S. Attorney General is like the battery-powered Energizer bunny, able to take a licking and keep on ticking, says the Wall Street Journal’s law blawg, which notes that other observers are seeing the situation the same way. For example, it notes, the so-called Gonzo-meter at Slate, for instance, has reduced to 40 percent the odds of seeing Gonzales go. “Like a mountain goat on a heap of broken cans and old tires, Gonzales’ footing looks, somehow, more sure than ever,” the online magazine says.

Meanwhile, although former Gonzales top aide Monica Goodling, who served as White House liaison, admitted she improperly took political considerations into account when making hiring decisions about career prosecutors and immigration judges, she may not have been the only one. Immigration judgeships apparently were political plums at the Justice Department for at least several years before her tenure, the Washington Post says in a story Saturday.

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