Thursday, July 26, 2007

The absurdity of Alberto Gonzales

There was the irony of watching Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales, who is supposed defend both the Constitution and the justice system, make a joke of both during his testimony on Monday. That, though, is kind of like watching reruns of a Three Stooges schtick. It isn't funny the first time, and by the third time it just makes you want to leave the room.

Gonzales hit a new low, a low actually lower than low, when he struck a patronizing, sexist and sanctimonious tone during his testimony. It was all sprinkled with a little layer of nauseating, mainly because he didn't even sound like he expected anyone to believe it.

Members of the Judiciary Committee were querying the attorney general about the mysterious firings of those nine US attorneys. From Reuters:

Gonzales was asked about testimony in May by a former aide, Monica Goodling. She said that although Gonzales had earlier testified he had not discussed the probe with colleagues, he had raised the topic with her shortly before she left the Justice Department.

"Which one of you is telling the truth?" (US Sen. Patrick) Leahy asked.

"I did have that conversation with her in the context of trying to console and reassure an emotionally distraught woman," Gonzales said (emphasis added). "I tried to reassure her (that) as far as I knew no one had done anything intentionally wrong."

Emotionally distraught? Monica Goodling? Unbelievable on its face; a contradiction in terms.

"Emotionally distraught woman," he said.

Not "emotionally distraught staff member," or "emotionally distraught colleague."

Nope. Gonzales chose the undoubtedly well-rehearsed "emotionally distraught woman," which just oozes with connotations of weakness, hysteria, and tears.

Golly, so how would he know why Monica Goodling said those untrue things about him? She's "emotionally distraught," and you know how those women are!

Gonzales tried to portray himself as a towering specimen of macho concerned for the little unstable gal who worked for him.

Instead, he showed himself to be a quivering puddle of cravenness, willing to belittle a colleague to disguise his own bad behavior.

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