Under Gonzalez' embarassing stewardship, they've fired U.S. Attorneys for political reasons. He's authorized illegal wiretaps of American citizens. He even tried to strong-arm then-Attorney General John Ashcroft into authorizing the illegal wiretapping program while he lay gravely ill in a hospital bed. And now he won't tell Congress the whole truth about what's happening on his watch.
It's time for Alberto Gonzales to be fired.
If the President won't fire him, then the Congress should impeach him.
It's believed that Merkley is the first major U.S. Senate candidate (or Senator, for that matter) to call for the impeachment of the Attorney General.
Head on over to JeffMerkley.com to read the rest and sign the petition to join the call for impeachment.
Over at the blog Interesting Times, Chris Andersen lauds Merkley's call for impeachment. Still undecided, he outlines things he likes about Merkley, including:
He endorses impeaching Gonzalez. The question of impeachment, with respect to Bush or Cheney, is still up in the air for a lot of Democrats. But I think removing Gonzalez from power should be a minimal position of the party.
At MyDD, Vox Populi calls on the netroots to support Jeff Merkley. Why?
We need to send Jeff Merkley a message: We Support You. We need more Democratic candidates who aren't afraid to call for impeachment. Merkley and all the other Democrats on my ActBlue page are running to replace the corrupt, wicked, incompetent, or some mixture of all three.
And over at Beaver Boundary, they've got this take on it:
Wow. There’s a lot of discussion going on out there about the role of the Senate in impeaching and removing politicians from office for crimes, but for the moment can we just take a look at the boldness of Jeff Merkley?
From taking on the payday loan industry in the Oregon House, fighting and beating the Oregon House Republicans in 2006 and now challenging a highly-ranked member of the federal government–Merkley is looking big-time.
Over at Swing State Project, a national blog, they've nodding and smiling:
This move by Merkley is not just crashing out of the gate--it's screaming out of the gate.
If this is the kind of campaign that Merkley has in store for us--bold and aggressive--count me down as a fan.