The President’s Standard


In March, President Bush offered his support for his embattled attorney general, but admitted that Alberto Gonzales “has some work to do” up on Capitol Hill:

[A]nytime anybody goes up to Capitol Hill, they’ve got to make sure they fully understand the facts, and how they characterize the issue to members of Congress. And the fact that both Republicans and Democrats feel like that there was not straightforward communication troubles me, and it troubles the Attorney General, so he took action. And he needs to continue to take action.

Perhaps someone can ask the President if he’s still troubled, since every time Gonzales has gone back to the Hill since March members of both parties have still felt “that there was not straightforward communication.” Or maybe the better question is, how is the attorney general’s “work” coming along up on the Hill?

Update: As of today, the official party line is still: Gonzales stays.


David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.