With Gonzo Gone, Whither W?

Lame-duck Justice Dept., confirmation wrangling loom
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 2:19 PM CDT
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, right, speaks during a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations for the U. S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, in Washington Thursday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Alberto Gonzales leaves the Justice Department swamped with scandal and doubt, and the White House in a pall of uncertainty. Bush is finally unburdened of one of his administration's biggest targets, but is also increasingly alone as his closest advisers evaporate. And the confirmation hearings for Gonzales' replacement could turn into a confrontation with angry Democrats

Meanwhile, US News takes a look at the press' hate-hate relationship with the Attorney General: The overwhelming negative sentiment from lawmakers—and Gonzo's free hand in massaging the truth when on the record—have resulted in some fairly catty coverage of the AG's departure.