In remarks about the resignation of Attorney General Gonzalez, President Bush made the following statement:
After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position, and I accept his decision. It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.
It is very clear that partisanship is as bad in Washington as it has ever been.
Surely it has not gotten better since Bush took office.
He was the one who promised he could reach across political lines, having been so successful in Texas. He saw it as his moral duty.
Although you can't directly blame a leader for the failures of his followers, a measure of competence is how you get people to follow you and your ideals.
Again: a failing grade.