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Monday, Mar 19, 2007, 3:02 pm

Gonzales Toast Watch

By Brian Zick
Mike Allen for The Politico reports:
Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose support among GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has collapsed…
But, true to BushCo's totally clueless form, here's the names that have been floated:
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
White House anti-terrorism coordinator Frances Townsend
Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson
Former senator (and possible GOP presidential candidate) Fred Thompson
Laurence Silberman!!! The judge who a mere nine days ago favorably cited the Dred Scott case to justify the appellate court decision to contradict 70 years of Supreme Court precedent regarding gun control. Plus he was one of the judges who overturned Oliver North's Iran/contra conviction despite his blatant conflict of interest in the case, the primary witness for North - his ex-boss Robert McFarlane - being an associate of Silberman in the Reagan presidential campaign.
George J. Terwilliger III, a leader of Bush's legal team during the Florida election recount
And the lawyer who argued Bush v Gore in the Supreme Court, Ted Olson.

As if Chertoff or Terwilliger or Silberman or Olson would have a chance in Hell to be confirmed by the Senate Democrats. And as if Fred Thompson would kill his own presidential campaign before it could even get started.

via Think Progress
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