Sunday, July 29, 2007

Alberto, Abandoned

[Updated @ 6:30 p.m. to include video]

For someone who never had a glove laid on him in that grilling last week, Abu G. sure is without defenders. Even Fox News Opinion Sunday could find no one willing to carry the banner for AG2.

In fact, Newt Gingrich openly refused to defend him from accusations that he perjured himself in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “It’s very damaging…we badly need an attorney general who is above any question.” said Gingrich. “Both the president and country are better served if the attorney general is a figure of competence. Sadly, the current attorney general is not seen as any of those things. I think it’s a liability for the president. More importantly, it’s a liability for the United States of America.”

Later in the broadcast, Chris Wallace admitted that no conservative would willingly come on the program to defend the Attorney General to the administration-friendly Fox viewers. “We invited White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend Attorney General Gonzales,” said Wallace. “We had no takers.”

Will the president still stubbornly maintain that his consigliore has his full confidence?

If so, aren’t we well over the “fitness to serve” line?