Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned effective September 17. Nothing definite on a successor, but Think Progress says it will be Dept of Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff, and that an untested young Bush loyalist named Clay Johnson will be named as Chertoff's successor. No details yet on any deals with the Dems, although Senator Dianne Feinstein claims to have made suggestions for a successor. As for DHS, certainly the Dems must not allow another incompetent to be installed in the agency that is supposed to protect us and coordinate the resonse to any disasters--we all saw that movie two years ago to the day.
Consider this an open thread. I'll post details as they become available.
TPM reports that Solicitor Paul Clement is also under consideration, at least for Acting Attorney General, that Chertoff is likely, and that Bush does not seem to be thinking in terms of a recess appointment. As I said Saturday, I don't think that is likely and the fact that they are floating people who have already been confirmed once suggests they are looking to submit the name to the Senate. That Gonzales' resignation is effective September 17 also suggests they are looking at a confirmation process. Here's hoping the Dems really get serious and extract some promises in writing, in addition to sunjecting any nominees to very serious scrutiny. This is one of those times of maximum leverage for the Congress, and they really should take their duty to the American people seriously.
Update No. 2
Bush is not naming a replacement today and, according to MSNBC one has not been chosen. Per Americablog Bush was very angry at his press conference, so it is probably best that he's going to raise money for Pajamas Pete Domenici and Dave Reichert, WA-08. TPM Muckraker reports (and CNN confirms) that Chertoff may not be it. So who floated his name to US News? They are saying Bush may appoint a successor before he leaves for Australia on Monday, but it ain't going to be before Emptywheel comes back to give us her trenchant take on all this. And plenty of time to get those calls to the Senators going to urge them to take this very seriously.
Update No. 3
Our colleague Trapper John has a simple criterion for anyone nominated to replace AGAG: S/he cannotr have served in the Bush Administration. Since the one and only qualification for serivce in the SBush/Cheney regime is loyalty to Bush/Cheney, and what we need most is someone who is not a crony, making that (along with basic competence) the determinant will eliminate any more Brownies and Gonzos and Bozos and, yes, Chertoffs without getting personal about it. Hello Senator Leahy?