[url=http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion/erbeblog/archive/070316/gonzales_the_walking_cadaver.htm]Gonzales, the Walking Cadaver
BY Bonnie Erbe
Does the term "walking cadaver" mean anything to you?
That's how opposition partisans are referring to the political status of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Two pivotal events took place on Thursday that seemed to cement Gonzales's troubled future: (See first LINK)
are trying to portray mainstream media as liberally biased in reporting on this topic for failing to point out that "President Clinton ... fired all the U.S. attorneys upon assuming office." It is routine for an incoming president, whether Democrat or Republican, to clean house, not just in the Justice Department but in all federal agencies upon assuming office. It's even routine when one Republican president takes over from another Republican, as was the case when Bush 41 took over from Reagan. What is not routine is to order large-scale firings in the middle of the same administration.
This is an important clarification that has not received widespread attention.
Bonnie Erbe has covered Washington politics since God was a baby. Because of that, and the fact that she's a native New Yorker, nothing much surprises her anymore. She has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and occasionally the White House for radio and television networks. She also hosts PBS's weekly news analysis program, To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column for Scripps Howard News Service. "To the Contrary" will allow you to lift the curtain of partisanship for a refreshingly non-partisan perspective on politics, the environment, religion, and issues that affect the lives of women, families, and communities of color