Monday, June 6, 2016

A quantum of umbrage: Wait – Alberto Gonzales is still alive?


It seems like not that long ago that he was the former Bush AG (who made his bones reading death penalty appeals to the reading-disabled Governor of Texas and who later became famous for claiming "I don't remember" under oath more times than Ronald Reagan, who, unlike Gonzales, probably didn't), and who couldn't find work as a practicing lawyer because no law firm, now matter how sleazy and connected, would bring him on. After which, he had to struggle to find a publisher for his <airquotes>tell-all book</airquotes> about his good times with Dubya.

But now -- rumors to the contrary notwithstanding -- Alberto is back, to hump the leg of whoever's in charge now, with this offer that he's still for sale

As CNN’s Jake Tapper points out during the interview, Trump’s position is pretty much the epitome of racism. That, however, didn’t stop former George W. Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from trying to defend Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday.

Gonzales’ argument rests on largely ignoring Trump’s own words and inventing new reasons for Trump’s objection that, even if true, seem irrelevant. He discusses Curiel’s affiliation with a San Diego-based Latino lawyers group and suggests that association might render him unable to render a fair judgment.

“If judges and the trials over which they preside are not perceived as being impartial, the public will quickly lose confidence in the rule of law upon which our nation is based,” Gonzales writes. “For this reason, ethics codes for judges — including the federal code of conduct governing Curiel — require not only that judges actually be impartial, but that they avoid even the ‘appearance of impropriety.'”

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