This is big news, but not because it remarkably effects the fortunes of the current administration. It’s big news because it does affect the political rhetoric leading into the ’08 election cycle. One of the key strategies of Democratic presidential hopefuls thus far has been castigating the misfires of the Bush administration. Gonzalez’s exit will justify for them adding one more item to their growing list of reasons not to vote for a Republican in ’08. If you vote Republican, you’ll get more of what you got with Bush. Their list of Bush bungles goes something like this:
2. Abu Ghraib
3. Patriot Act
4. Wireless Surveillance
6. Gonzales/Firings of U.S. Attorneys
The current political climate often makes it difficult to distinguish legitimate critiques from the illegitimate ones. So much dissembling. So much vanity. Sometimes it’s hard to sort it all out.
Thank goodness ultimate reality isn’t determined by the one who wields the most power in Washington, D.C. After all, we have pinned our hopes on a city which is to come (Hebrews 13:14).