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Gonzales under a 100-watt bulb

The Los Angeles Times notes, "The hearings have failed to produce support for Democrats' most provocative theories: that the firings were driven by a desire to find U.S. attorneys who would pursue legal action — in voting fraud or public corruption matters — in ways that would help Republican candidates."

Yet the Boston Globe chimes in with this: "Goodling's admission that she considered party affiliation when vetting candidates for civil service assistant prosecutor jobs added to a growing picture of politicization of the nation's law enforcement system under Gonzales, critics alleged. Under federal law, officials may not take politics into account when hiring for civil service jobs."

Goodling, though, may have done herself some good, the New York Times writes. "Goodling's soft-spoken, careful and often deferential answers seemed to clash with descriptions of her as an abrasive conservative at the Justice Department."

The Washington Post adds that Goodling "leveled serious new accusations against" Alberto Gonzales "and his deputy yesterday, describing an 'uncomfortable' attempt by Gonzales to discuss the firings of U.S. attorneys as Congress and the Justice Department were intensifying their investigations of the issue."

The Justice Department released this statement regarding Goodling's charge: "The Attorney General has never attempted to influence or shape the testimony or public statements of any witness in this matter, including Ms. Goodling. The statements made by the Attorney General during this meeting were intended only to comfort her in a very difficult period of her life as Monica described today when she said 'he was being kind.' The meeting was requested by Ms. Goodling to ask for a transfer within the Department and occurred before the U.S. Attorney resignations matter was referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility which jointly investigating this matter with the Office of Inspector General."

The American Spectator's Quin Hillyer is adding his conservative voice to the list of folks who think Gonzo should go: "What Monica Goodling and so many others have described over the course of the past three months is a Department of Justice in circumstances of Keystone Cops writ large. The public is not being well served. Replace Gonzales now!"