That’s my prediction. As Josh Marshall pointed out, Gonzales is the only thing between the GOP and a flood of unpleasant investigations, but at this point that doesn’t really matter anymore. This is too much for the Bush administration to take, and Bush is backing off from defending Gonzales just like every other Republican politician is.
How do I know? This is how:
The top Republican on the Senate committee investigating Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes Gonzales could step down before a no-confidence vote sought this week by Senate Democrats.
Gonzales failed to draw a public statement of support from Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (news, bio, voting record). Asked whether Gonzales effectively can lead the Justice Department, McConnell said “that’s for the president to decide.” The senator suggested there may be several resolutions introduced to dilute a no-confidence vote. (Emphasis mine)
Mitch McConnell is the most unrepentant Bush crony in all of Congress. He is essentially a mouthpiece for the administration, and if Bush wasn’t signaling that he’s done defending Gonzales, then McConnell would be standing by the AG.