This is a pretty big deal, I think– Gonzales was under fire for all kinds of activities, many stemming from a secret intelligence program that includes spying on American targets without a warrant. He had lost a lot of credibility and ability to function effectiviely as the nation’s highest law enforcement officer. However, one thing that sticks in the back of my mind–when Rove resigned, he mentioned that White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said that anyone leaving should leave by Labor Day, otherwise, all folks would be expected to stick it out for the duration. Could it be as simple as that?
The big deal, though, is the fact that Bush now has to name a successor and that person has to pass through Sen. Leahy’s Judiciary Committee. The nominee, whoever he or she is, will have some very difficult questions to answer. Attorney General is a rather important cabinet post, so I’d imagine a successor will be named soon, and those hearings will serve as a site for all kinds of pent-up frustration with the Bush Administration.