Previously I noted that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was encountering difficulty in parlaying serial memory failure into a productive job. Today I see that Sad Albert is still sad, and wistfully uncomprehending about why folks don't like him.
During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that "for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror."
Stat — I need someone to photoshop the poster for "Casualties of War" and replace Michael J. Fox with Gonzales and Sean Penn with, say, Bill Keller.
But never let it be said that Gonzales has lost his sense of humor.
Mr. Comey had refused to sign a reauthorization of a secret government program, believed to be the eavesdropping initiative. Mr. Gonzales and Andrew Card, White House chief of staff at the time, drove to the hospital where Mr. Ashcroft was recovering from surgery to instead seek approval from him. Mr. Comey drove to the hospital to stop them. The episode highlighted a dispute between Justice and the White House over the surveillance program's legality.
In Tuesday's interview, Mr. Gonzales said Mr. Comey's characterization of the dispute was "one-sided and didn't have the right context," and gave the impression that he and Mr. Card were attempting to take advantage of Mr. Ashcroft. "I found Ashcroft as lucid as I've seen him at meetings in the White House," he said.
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