On May 16, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) said: â€œWhen you have to spend more time up here on Capitol Hill instead of running the Justice Department, maybe you ought to think about [stepping down].â€ (AP, 5/16/07) Today Sen. Roberts voted against the Alberto Gonzales no-confidence vote.
On April 25, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said: â€œI am very disappointed in [Alberto Gonzalesâ€™] performance … I think loyalty to the president should enter into his calculations… I think that out of loyalty to the president that [resigning] would probably be the best thing that he could do.â€ (Washington Post, 4/25/07) Today Sen. McCain sacked up and no-voted, helping assure that Gonzales’ disappointing performance continues.
On April 19, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said: â€œBut to me, there has to be consequences to accepting responsibility. And I would just say, Mr. Attorney General, itâ€™s my considered opinion that the exact same standards should be applied to you in how this was handled. And it was handled incompetently. The communication was atrocious. It was inconsistent. Itâ€™s generous to say that there were misstatements. Thatâ€™s a generous statement. And I believe you ought to suffer the consequences that these others have suffered. And I believe that the best way to put this behind us is your resignation.â€ (Judiciary Committee Hearing, 4/19/07) Today, Sen. Coburn no-voted, helping assure that Gonzales would not, in fact, suffer any consequences.
On April 20, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said: â€œThere are some problems that he just hasnâ€™t handled well, and it might just be best if he came to a conclusion that the department is better served if heâ€™s not there.â€ (AP, 4/20/07) Today, Sen. Sessions voted to make sure that Gonzales would be there.
On April 19, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said: But at the end of the day, you said something that struck me, â€˜That sometimes it just came down to these were not the right people at the right time.â€™ If I applied that standard to you, what would you say? (Judiciary Committee Hearing, 4/19/07) With todayâ€™s vote, Sen. Graham made clear that whatever Gonzales said is just fine by him. (Sources: Raw Story and the Democratic Caucus).