WASHINGTON – Alberto Gonzales, the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence.

Full story here.

The mass firing of judges for political reasons wasn’t at all unprecedented, nor was it even unreasonable. His incompetent, waffling, and evasive handing of the investigations was what did him in. He allowed a nonstory to become a scandal.

Oh, yeah. He also pushed for eavesdropping authority, limitations on the legal rights of detainees, and reauthorization of the domestic spying program. And there’s this:

Gonzales found himself on the defensive as recently as March because of the FBI’s improper and, in some cases, illegal prying into Americans’ personal information during terror and spy probes.

Whoops.

Hey, let’s see if the Democrats ever find the courage to press for the impeachment trials that nearly half of Americans want. It seems cowardly to go to a criminal’s house just to indict the servants, don’t you think?

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EDIT: Eugene Robinson has a nice editorial in the Washington Post on the resignation. (However, I disagree with him on one key point: when you sign up for one of the highest public offices in the country, you surrender your right to be left unbothered in a hospital room.)