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Following Gonzo

Some speculation in the Guardian on which poor bastard is going to end up knee deep in Gonzo’s shit.

Early speculation on possible replacements has focused on the Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, a former assistant attorney general and federal judge who has the legal expertise found lacking in Mr Gonzales.

However, Mr Chertoff blotted his copybook - and faced calls for his own resignation - after his department’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Others mentioned include Theodore Olson, a Washington lawyer and former solicitor general whose wife, Barbara, was killed on the September 11 flight that crashed into the Pentagon and Larry Thompson, the general counsel of PepsiCo and formerly the No 2 at the justice department.

Both men served under the former attorney general John Ashcroft in Mr Bush’s first term.

One of the more intriguing names to have emerged is that of the Democratic senator Joe Lieberman, from Connecticut, who is generally loathed by Democratic activists for vocally supporting Mr Bush on Iraq.

His nomination would be politically mischievous on several counts. Not only would such a move put Democrats in an uncomfortable position should they oppose one of their own for a top administration job, but it would also allow Connecticut’s Republican governor to appoint his replacement, taking away control of the Senate from the Democrats by splitting it down the middle.

Honestly, though, I doubt we’ll see anything this interesting from Bush.  He’s a lame duck, his legacy is assured to be among the worst presidents ever, why not try and do something interesting?

Posted by Lee on 08/30/07 at 08:14 PM in Politics • Permalink


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