August 27th, 2007
03:53 PM ET
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Your thoughts on Gonzales resignation

What do you think about Gonzales' resignation?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What's your reaction to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation? Did it come at the right time? Which party stands to benefit more from his departure?

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  1. MikeM, Sacramento, CA

    I'm very glad to see Gonzo gone, but think this is too little, too late. One of the most damaging administrations in history, for which we will be paying for decades to come, and too many of Bush's crooks are still around.

    I hope Cheney's next.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Isaac Levey, Wellfleet, MA

    More than anyone else, Al Gonzales symbolizes this administration. Dick Cheney is just as Machiavellian and contemptuous for the law, but Gonzo has a strain of incompetence that's unrivaled by anyone with the possible exception of ex-FEMA chief. Speaking of which, the man who appointed Brown is about to replace Gonzales.

    "This administration is not sinking; it's soaring! They are, at very least, rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."
    -Stephen Colbert

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Ryan Canton,OH

    I won't be satisfied until the entire administration is gone. It's sad when someone with traditional Republican ideals (preservation of individual liberties, domestic focus, adherence to the Constitution, small government, responsible fiscal policy) has to turn to the Democrats to preserve those ideals.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Lori Tetrick, New Braunfels, TX

    I think all parties will benefit from his departure. There was so much controversy about multiple items that he could no longer be effective as attorney general. It was time for him to move on.

    August 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. mark simonitsch, Chatham, MA

    "Difficult times" is not an acceptable explanation for Gonzales' performance as Attorney General.

    Most of us create our own problems. Gonzales failed to maintain the integrity of the Justive Department from the Executive Branch.

    "Difficult times" are part of our past and will continue in our future. Success in dealing with these episodes has always been more dependent on the quality of this country's leadership leadership than the energy of our adversaries.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Dr. Artenberg, Wainscott, NY.

    Gonzales should never have been appointed. He was just a dummy for the President.
    Since he was, he should have resigned months ago. He destroyed the effectiveness and credability of the Justice Dept.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Juan Jimenez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

    The only regret is that he waited so long to resign. He should have done so months ago. As a Latino, I am ashamed to say that this man was our highest representative to uphold the law of the country. The next Latino to try to reach such heights in public service will have to deal with this sorry excuse for a secretary of justice's legacy. That sucks.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. JThorne Peoria, AZ

    I am happy to see him go. He has cast a shadow of doubt in his position. I don't think he understood the difference between being the Presidents personal Lawyer and being The Attorney General. He was in charge of the Justice Department! The constitution is what he was hired to uphold and I don't believe that is what he was doing. I think he let feelings, personal opinions, and friends get in the way of what the law states.
    As for Mr Chertoff getting a "nod" for that position, I think that is utterly ridiculous. He has no credibility since the Katrina fiasco.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Ben Zion, Chicago IL

    I am looking forward to the outrage in 2009 when Hillary fires every US attorney and replaces them with loyal Clintonistas.

    I know better then to assume that this sound and fury is something other than partisan opportunism. But if 9 is bad, shouldn’t hundreds be worse?

    -Ben

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Laverne Fillner , Cathedral City, CA

    It is pathetic when those running for office jump in immediately to try and dig a hole deeper for Gonzales. I get sick to my stomach whenever Hillary or Edwards act so haughty.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Nate Kimbrough

    I think the Attorney General should have resigned months ago. He put the American people through all of the testimony before Congress and wasted lots of American tax dollars in the process. Good that he resigned and hopefully Chernoff will not be the new attorney general.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Scott Grayban, Spokane, WA

    This does not change the fact that the judicial system is still based on party lines.

    The AG and any employees of the AG office should non-politically aligned. The judicial system is suppose to be non-bias, non-political in order to have the laws protect our rights.

    The Founding Fathers of our country are turning in there graves.

    August 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Rob Jewett, Franklin, MA

    While this resignation is late, it is welcome, none the less.

    As for which party benefits more . . .

    I think we must all stop thinking in these terms. The intense divisions between the parties which escalated exponentially during Newt Gingrich's term as Speaker has not abated notably under Nancy Pelosi.

    I was saddened when I heard former Representative Tom DeLay refer to his Democratic peers as his "enemies." This term MUST be reserved for the enemies of our nation, and NEVER turned inward. Otherwise, we are destined to prove Patrick Henry correct, and fall, divided!

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. John Q Public, Detroit Michigan

    Can someone explain to me what he did wrong?

    He fired some "at will" employees that needed to be fired.....

    I don't get it.

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Gary, El Cajon, Ca.

    Worst AG in the history of the USA !!!

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Greg, Plainfield, NJ

    President Bush on Monday said he reluctantly accepted the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose "good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."

    Mr. Bush – there isn't an honest man (or woman) in your administration. I would tend to think that this is a lead by example problem.

    Chertoff? Can he handle it with honesty, probably not.

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This man was less concerned about the Constitution and rule of law and too concerned about the interests of Geo. Bush. As a result he has done damage to the constitutional rights of Americans and to the reputation of the DOJ.

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Mary Dagold - Baltlimore, MD

    No one has done more to subvert our constitutional idea of justice than Alberto Gonzales, who has supported administration aims to establish extra-legal means of secretely sending men and women to unacknowledged incarceration in other countries, and made torture (short of organ failure) acceptable practice for Americans interrogators–to say nothing of trashing rights against warrantless searches. He, by these acts, has strengthened the hands of those who wish us ill. He represents a propaganda victory of immense proportions to Al Queda and others. The country would be best served if these policies were repudiated and rejected publicly.

    August 27, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Ralph Harding, Orange Park, FL

    There was never a "right time" for Alberto Gonzales to resign, because there was never a "right time" for someone who values loyalty to the person to appointed him over upholding the Constitution and the rule of law to be appointed Attorney General in the first place. Forget about which party benefits from his departure. The country benefits.

    August 27, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I one town is going to get its idiot back.

    August 27, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    He should have been fired or arrested LONG ago. Resigning? Ha! I don't think a resignation should prevent him from being held accountable and responsible for his actions.

    August 27, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. John B Public, Detroit Michigan

    Can someone explain to me what he did wrong?

    He fired some "at will" employees that needed to be fired.....

    I don't get it.

    August 27, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    tHANK GOD! Okay, we have one day to celebrate. Remember, we had Ashcroft then Gonzales and with Bush everything just keeps getting worse. Frying pan, fire, OMG what's next? I shutter to think. 08 is taking FOREVER.

    August 27, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Bob, Baltimore, Maryland

    Best comment yet is the following posted anonymously on AbovetheLaw.com

    Press: "Why are you leaving?"

    Gonzales: "I don't recall. I wasn't present at the meeting when my resignation was discussed."

    August 27, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Lori Tetrick, New Braunfels, TX

    All parties will benefit from his departure. There was so much controversy about his involvement with multiple items that he could no longer be effective as attorney general. It was time for him to move on.

    August 27, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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