Democrats may make bold to attempt a No-Confidence vote against Attorney General Gonzales this week. To avoid the shame of the proceedings, it is thought that Gonzales may step down before the vote is proposed.
“Votes of no confidence are very rare,” said Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Historically, that is something which Attorney General Gonzales would like to avoid. I think that if and when he sees that coming, he would prefer to avoid that kind of a historical black mark.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also seems hesitant to support Gonzales, and his lack of support is indicative of a general abandonment by GOP lawmakers. When asked last week if he believed Gonzales was qualified to lead the Justice Department, McConnell answered, “That’s for the President to decide.” Many Republicans have openly expressed their disapproval of Gonzales’ actions, and their opinion that he should resign.
Gradually abandoned by his old allies, harried on every side by fierce opponants, and now threatened with the possibility of a No-Confidence vote, it seems almost inevitable that Gonzales will resign his office in the next five days. Unless, of course, the President comes forward and spreads his wings of protective support around the embattled Attorney General.
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