Senate Will Have ‘No Confidence’ Vote on Gonzales

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The Senate will hold a preliminary vote on Monday on whether to hold a thumbs-up/thumbs-down vote on AG AG. Republicans promise to vote against the proposal, but surely at least a few will break ranks. Republican Arlen Specter has hypothesized that Gonzales will resign before facing a “no confidence” vote. The funny thing is, the Senate could (and should) actually impeach Gonzales.

(If you haven’t been following why Gonzo is such a Gonzo, you haven’t been reading our blog, now have you? What it boils down to is this: U.S. Attorneys may be political appointees, but firing them for refusing to prosecute bogus “voter fraud” cases to keep minorities home on Election Day is unacceptable. So is hiring second-rate attorneys because they’ve been dutiful contributors to the Republican Party. So is prosecuting the first-ever voting rights case alleging white people were discriminated against. So is neglecting genuine civil rights cases. And so is having major diversity problems in the DOJ, when one of the department’s primary functions is to prevent institutionalized discrimination. Oh yeah, and so is perjury.)

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