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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Go-Go Gonzales

“Yesterday the Senate heard testimony from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales regarding the seemingly political firings of eight U.S. attorneys. Despite all the hype the anticipation was running high for the event…”

“Q Dana, does Attorney General Gonzales's testimony on Capitol Hill have any bearing whatsoever on his job status?
MS. PERINO: As I've said many times, the President has full confidence in the Attorney General.
Q So is it fair to say that no matter what the testimony, no matter what the back-and-forth, that the President plans to stick with Attorney General Gonzales?
MS. PERINO: I think -- yes. I think the President has full confidence in the Attorney General and whenever that changes for any public servant, we'll let you know, and I see no indication of that. “
-Press Gaggle with White House Spokesperson Dana Perino, April 19, 2007

“So you may be wondering how it went. Well… Not so good.”

“Seventy-one times Gonzales claimed a faulty memory when members of the Senate committee asked such questions as who decided on the ousted eight, and whether Gonzales was or was not involved in the evaluation process.”
-Associated Press, April 20, 2007

“Apparently Mr. Gonzales has been hitting the bong a little too much while in office. You usually don’t see short-term memory problems like that outside of a Cheech and Chong movie. Like always though, you can count on the Democrats to go on the offensive against Fearless Leader’s Administration.”

“Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, like Gonzales a close Bush ally, called the handling of the firings ‘deplorable.’
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called most of Gonzales' explanations ‘a stretch.’
‘It's clear to me that some of these people just had personality conflicts with people in your office or the White House and (they) just made up reasons to fire them,’ Graham said. ‘You have a tremendous credibility problem with the American people and the Congress.’"
-Associated Press, April 20, 2007

“Oops.. My bad. Those were both Republicans. Gonzales even drew fire from Sen. Tom Coburn.”

“’It is generous to say the attorney general's communications about this matter have been inconsistent,’ Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told Gonzales in a packed hearing room Thursday. ‘The consequence should be the resignation of the attorney general.’
-Associated Press, April 20, 2007

‘Wow.. Most people may not understand what a big thing this is.. Tom Coburn is not one of your wishy-washy liberal Republicans. He is a real hard-core SOB for the GOB. I mean, look at some of the things he’s said in the past.”

“I don't believe that everything that should happen in Louisiana should be paid for by the rest of the country. I believe there are certain responsibilities that are due the people of Louisiana."
-Senator Tom Coburn, September 15, 2005

“This is the guy who after hurricane Katrina basically told New Orleans to go.. um.. fornicate itself.”

“Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was at last week's meeting on a bill restricting class-action suits. ‘You know,’ he said, ‘I immediately thought about slicone breast implants and the legal wrangling and the class-action suits off that. And I thought I would just share with you what science says today about silicone breast implants. If you have them, you're healthier than if you don't. That is what the ultimate science shows...In fact, there's no science that shows that silicone breast implants are detrimental and, in fact, they make you healthier.’"
-Washington Post, February 7, 2004

"The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power. ... That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today. Why do you think we see the rationalization for abortion and multiple sexual partners? That's a gay agenda.'"
–Tom Coburn, 2004

“If Coburn says it you can be sure that the far right of the party (the side that believes that building a wall the entire length of the Mexican border and outlawing homosexuality are ok ideas) believes it too.. It looks like support for the White House is falling on this one.”

“Cheney said he and President Bush continue to have ‘every confidence' in Gonzales and looked forward to hearing his testimony. Lawmakers also are questioning what role White House officials, including chief political strategist Karl Rove, played in the firings.
‘This took place inside the Justice Department,’ Cheney said on ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS. ‘The one who needs to answer to that and lay out on the record the specifics of what transpired is the attorney general, and he'll do so.’''
-Associated Press, April 16, 2007

“Oh.. Sorry. I forgot that this problem began and ends with the Justice Department and that the White House had nothing to do with it.”

“At the end, Gonzales shook hands with the senators remaining in the room and strode out, ignoring reporters' questions. Protesters at the back of the room sang a rock tune popular with sports fans when a rival basketball player fouls out of a game: ‘Hey, hey, hey, goodbye.’"
-Associated Press, April 20, 2007


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