George Will on Alberto Gonzales:
Alberto Gonzales could not even leave high office
without advertising his unfitness for it. As he habitually has done, he
reminded the nation that he has "lived the American Dream," which he
evidently thinks is epitomized by his success in attaching himself to a
politician not known for demanding quality in assistants. Gonzales then
demonstrated how uncomprehending he is of essential American values. He
said: "Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my
father’s best days."
Well. His father married and had eight children—nine wonderful days, days even better, one would have thought, than any
of the days his son spent floundering at the Justice Department.
Furthermore, Gonzales’s father had the fulfillment of a lifetime spent
providing for his family. But what is any of that, Gonzales implies,
compared with the satisfaction of occupying, however unsatisfactorily,
a high office? This implicit disparagement of his father’s life of
responsibility and self-sufficiency turns conservatism inside out. It
is going to take conservatism a while to recuperate from becoming
associated with such people.
(via The Corner)