Mink: He's Merely a Pawn

Gonzales was Irrelevant even before the attorneys mess
U.S. Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales listens to a panel during a discussion on Project Safe Childhood Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)    (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Who really cares if Alberto Gonzales resigns? Nobody but his family and friends, writes Eric Mink in the St. Louis Dispatch. Because Bush's embattled attorney general proved himself inconsequential long before the botched firings of the  insufficiently loyal U.S. attorneys. Congress learned how little clout the AG had when
the president repeatedly overrode deals he had negotiated.

Mink sees the U.S. attorneys debacle as "mostly a dot in a much bigger picture," in which Gonzales and other appointees protect the President at the Constitution's expense. "In his misplaced allegiances," he writes, "Gonzales embodies this administration's rule, not its exception."