Once upon a time, Alberto Gonzalez was supposed to be a Supreme Court justice. And now he’s the latest disgraced puppet being scapegoated to save the Republicans. And what’s the point? He was picked because he was a loyal Bushie and they’re only going to replace him with yet another loyal Bushie who would have done the exact same things Alberto did. Hell, it’s even possible he’ll be worse.
So replacing Alberto won’t make a damn bit of difference. Someone might have integrity before they work for the Bushies, but it’ll all be gone by the time they leave. Because even the honest ones will be quickly worn down by the constant, yet casual requests for them to act badly. And if they don’t, they’ll be asked to step aside or even worse, left with nothing to do. And if they’re Republicans, it’s likely that they didn’t have that integrity to begin with.
But that’s not just a quirk with these people. It’s how they do things and is one of the reasons they’re so successful. Republicans are a top-down authoritarian organization and there is no room for thinkers or independence. It’s all about following orders and trusting that the guy giving the orders knows what he’s doing. And as long as everyone stays loyal and no one’s given any real power to screw things up with, everything works out fine.
But really, what is the offense that we’re knocking Gonzalez for? Being a puppet. But that’s the same offense that all of them are guilty of. Even Bush himself is little more than an unwitting puppet manipulated by people much smarter than he is. Sure, he may be a bullying asshole, but bullies can be manipulated too. But as long as he and Cheney are in charge, they’ll keep hiring puppets and listening to bad people who will only tell them what they want to hear.
So the only way to clean up this rat’s nest is to clean the whole thing out, and I strongly believe this prosecutors scandal might just be the ticket we were looking for. Beltway Wisdom aside, the president is not supposed to be using our judicial system to commit election fraud and obstruct justice. They may be political appointees, but they still work for us. I’ve been working on this all day, and have deleted half of this, so I’m just going to end it right now.