The former attorney general regrets his role in the U.S. attorneys scandal. Here's what else he should lament.
Alberto Gonzales, the 80th U.S. attorney general and one of the worst, wants you to know that he is "disappointed" in his conduct surrounding the U.S. attorney scandal, the Bush-era politicization of the Justice Department. Actually, he doesn't necessarily want you to know. Otherwise he long ago would have told you and the rest of the world. Instead, he simply said as much during a deposition in an ongoing Privacy Act case brought (years ago) against government officials.
For the first time, we are told, Gonzales expressed some measure of regret for his role in the ugly affair. Here's how Legal Times reporter Tony Mauro reported the story Tuesday:
"Obviously everyone is smarter in hindsight. In hindsight you wish you would do some things differently and ... I feel disappointment in myself," Gonzales said, according to filings this week in a pending suit filed on behalf of applicants who were rejected for the program for political or ideological reasons. "I, the attorney general, am ultimately responsible," Gonzales also said.
The revelation, such that it was, made me think of all the other things the former Bush official ought to feel "disappointment" about when he considers his contribution to the public life of this country. Here are a few off the top of my head.