August 27th, 2007
03:53 PM ET
15 years ago

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?

Add a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Mike Downey. Lima OH

    People want to bash Gonzales, but in fact they should be bashing congress. Congress should stop worrying about how they can make Bush look bad and start worrying about how they can help the nation. They have spent more time attacking the Bush administration and less time doing their job (passing legislation). More people approve of the Presidents job (32%) than of the job congress is doing (18%). Maybe if congress got their act together and did something constructive I might be inclined to take the accusations against folks serious.

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Richard Maag, Metairie, La

    I hope that Alberto's replacement will have a functioning memory

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. JDG, Walla Walla, WA

    Alberto Gonzales got a raw deal by both the media and the line-up of so-called democrat hopefuls. And then there's Charles Schumer appealing to the Administration to work with us to nominate someone who democrats can support and the American public can be proud of. Hello, if I recall, isn't Hillary Clinton at the top of their list for President. Since when has Hillary and Bill Clinton been strong supporters of upholding the Constitution? The "American Public" was plaqued for eight years with their deceit and general disregard for morality.

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Richard C. Brand, Palo Alto, Ca.

    Given the financial and political scandals of the last several years we needed and still need an Attorney General who can set the standard for and be the best example of integrity, impartiality and honesty in the area of the law.
    Alberto Gonzales never set that example. His testimony to the Senate which included unfathomable ignorance & memory lapses did more to damage the image and the high standards of the rule of law then any that I can remember since the Watergate hearings.

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Craig Wolf

    It's overdue. Now we bid farewell to a man whose only principle was power, and how to retain it for his boss. Here we had a man with no loyalty to country, to constitution, not even to party. At the end, he was a toady. Servile and spineless.
    It's good that he's gone. It'll be better when his boss is too.

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. John Kaleto, San Diego, CA

    Just shows to what lengths the democrats will go to bring down anyone in the Bush administration so they can claim some sort of political victory.
    Even though we have troops on two fronts and face many international crises, I wonder how much time the democrats will waste by grilling the next appointed AG, just so they can score some partisan points before the next election.

    August 27, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. John, Rochester MN

    "Yes men" don't just leave or get fired, so seeing people leave this administration comes as no surprise and little comfort. The timing is always off and feels like a smokescreen to cover for another Yes Man who we just don't know yet but will come to see as just as inept. It's like watching an evil version of musical chairs.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Kay Osentowski Fort Collin

    It is very overdue. Gonzales saw nothing but his own gain through this whole process. He wanton disregard for the constitution and arrogant approach to all of the questions he purposefully did not answer when under oath, show the caliber of person he is. It is now very important for the Senate to appoint a new attorney general who will uphold the constitution with courage and honor and show the American people some respect.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Michael Wilson Reno Nevada

    Bush never ceases to amaze me, the way he characterizes the appropriate, constitutional exercise of accountability over his flying monkeys as "political" interference He has run the most political, anti democratic, dictatorial, corrupt administration in US history Karl Rove's basic mission was to terminate the two-party system and give the Evangelical right the power to name the Supreme Court for the next 30 years. And Gonzalez's role was to find "legal" ways to justify the Fascist coup and gut the Bill of Rights. I think there must be some very large smoking guns about to emerge about these two gentlemen, as well as their Lord and Master, and they are frantically trying to cover the evidence and distract the public

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Steve Savage, Tulsa, OK

    The only resignations that matter are Bush and Cheney's, but we won't ever see such things. Both are pathological deniers of blame and have absolutely no regrets about dragging this nation's integrity down to the level of nations like, say Zimbabwe.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Gordon, Eugene, OR

    It has come too late to help Bush and too early to help the democrats which will ultimately sidetrack appropriate justice efforts.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Deborah Boulder, Colorado

    It should have happened long ago!

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. '

    Next to go...BUSH..!

    Impeach BUSH!!!

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Dick Cheney

    This has been a political strategy of the Bush Administration, ie. Karl Rove. Appoint people to high office positions that will create controversy and then use those people to be the face of your behined the scenes dirty work.

    All this does is distract the public, ie. the voters, from the real issues and problems that have been in large part created by this administration and government.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. John; Hadley, MA

    AG Gonzales is typical of the success of cronyism over intellectual ability that is a hallmark of the Dubbya Bush administration.

    August 27, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Robert Bateman

    The entire nation and the rule of law benefits.

    Remember that is was both parties that called for his resignation.

    August 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Richard, Jacksonville, FL

    We don’t want another Bush crony acting as the nations top law enforcer. It's time to purge the corruption from the white house.

    August 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. S

    Bush next!!

    August 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. AZ Guy, Arizona

    And Bush says Gonzales' name was "dragged through the mud" about what Bush and Gonzo are doing to our Constitution?

    August 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Jim Hall Kansas City, Mo

    This guy should have never been appointed to his position from the beginning. He is just another blundering idiot like King George and his followers. A word for the democrats of which I am. It toooooooooooo long for you to get rid of him. The American people elected you in November all across this country to turn this country around and you have done nothing yet. Now lets get Universal Health Care on the fast track HR676 and our people out of Iraq and stay home and take care of our own people and problems. In simple talk KEEP OUR NOSE IN OUR OWN BACK YARD.

    August 27, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. che olguevera-castroni

    Promoting Gonzalez into the "highest political position of any Mexican American in history", then forcing him to resign is a huge insult to all Mexican Americans – legal or illegal. If he was incompetent, why nominate him in the first place? If he was incompetent, does that mean all Mexican Americans are also?? Not good.

    August 27, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. JRH, Cleveland, Ohio

    As an attorney, he is a disgrace to the profession. As the first hispanic Attorney General, he has done a great disservice to the reputation to that segment of our society.

    August 27, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. John, New York, NY

    Surely a bad decision for Alberto to go so soon....also for the American people. We know that we HAD a true leader in deception, a staunch believer in "the Book of Petro". But DO we KNOW the next AG? Chertoff is likely. A master in listening and other (!) devices. A star creep in a bad 1950 horror movie. New Bush era?? Nope, a better (read: tightly closed) set of constraints for everyone ahead.
    Finally they have learned something from Moscow: crowd control!

    August 27, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Matt, Moscow, Idaho

    People in the Justice Department don't serve at the POLITICAL pleasure of the president. It's about time this guy is gone.

    August 27, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Bob, Salt Lake City UT

    It's like rats abandoning a sinking ship.

    August 27, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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