UPDATE: It’ll be a while longer. Takes time to obfuscate properly.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) says he and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expect a letter from the White House around noon today that will address, um, inconsistencies in AG Alberto Gonzales’ testimony to Congress. It’s hard to say which way this will go — Specter bluntly questioned Gonzales’ honesty during last week’s hearings but then criticized Democrats who asked for an independent perjury investigation. Sounds like he can’t quite decide where he stands.
OTOH, there’s no question re: the Dark Vice-Lord’s opinion:
“I’m a big fan of Al’s,” Cheney said in the radio interview. “. . . I think Al has done a good job under difficult circumstances. The debate between he [sic] and the Senate is something they’re going to have to resolve. But I think he has testified truthfully.”
Cheney said he does not agree with lawmakers, including Sens. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who say that Gonzales’s credibility has been gravely damaged. “I think the key is whether or not he has the confidence of the president, and he clearly does,” Cheney said.
There you have it: W has confidence in Gonzo. Confidence in his ability, and willingness, to twist the truth in order to protect his boss. And Gonzo will stay in the AG’s office until and unless Karl Rove decides he’s too big a liability — and figures out a way to ensure his silence.