Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Dead Pool for Gonzo

I was slumming around on the tubes this morning, and I read this over at Mike's place:
President Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.
Stick a fork in him, he's done; he's getting the "heckuva job" treatment.

The only question now is when. Mike suggests the end of this week, which sounds about right to me. In fact, here's my exact forecast: Friday, 6:15 pm. Next job? I hear the Arabian horse association is looking for someone.

You got a guess? Let's hear it.


Otto Man said...

Hard to say. Steve Benen of TCR has an interesting post up, wondering if the Decider might just decide to stick by his old friend, scandal or no scandal.

I'm not convinced he'll keep Gonzo for good, but he does remind me that we thought Rummy was getting the boot a couple times before it actually happened.

Still, I love a good dead pool. I'll go with Friday, 4pm.

Smitty said...

Saturday in the morning, say arounf 9:00 EST. That way, it gets buried in Sesame Street, Saturday Morning cartoons and vicious collegiate hangovers. Nobody can make a big deal out of it until Monday, when it becomes "old news."

Otto Man said...

Word's coming out that Gonzales has cancelled a Thursday appearance in Congress. Intriguing. He could be gone tomorrow.

Mike said...

I'm thinking Friday morning, so it can distract the media from potential downturns in the market, car bomb attacks in Bagdad, etc.

His next job: Commissioner of the NHL. They always need someone to ratchet the pressure on the players union. Plus, the NHL always wants to branch in to "new markets" like the South and Disney.

Gonzo gives em inroads into the growing Latino hockey market.

Tom Hilton said...

This afternoon, at 5:45 EDT.

teh l4m3 said...

Let's see: An officer at a Halliburton subsidiary, or a consultancy with the department of a corporation that's in charge of doing end-runs around any regulatory agencies; the latter would leave him plenty of time for a fellowship at AEI or the Cato Institute.

His soft tush, in other words, will land on an even softer golden pillow.

S.W. Anderson said...

Depends on what kind of showing Smilin' Al makes when Congress grills him, whether more Republicans come out against him maybe most of all on whether he can fend off Leahy's demand that Rove and others testify under oath. If Smilin' Al can't do that, he's gone next week for sure.

Late Friday dismissals leave media squawkers little time to work it over that day, but then there's the Sunday morning shows, which probably draw more viewers.

sideshow bob said...

Sunday, 3AM, after intense two-day standoff with the ATF, they drag his limp corpse out into the cool night air.

At a press conference on Monday, Bush wonders aloud why the press only reports on the bad news coming out of Washington.

George said...

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I'd say he will dangle untl next week, then quit at 4:45 pm on 3/30 to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.