There's one school of thought that says that President Bush has stuck by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales so long because Democrats would use confirmation hearings for a replacement as leverage to obtain more documents and public testimony from the Bush Administration about the U.S. attorney firing scandal.
That, of course, assumes that the White House is willing to absorb the ongoing political damage that Gonzales' continued tenure seems to be generating. The Howard Dean-affiliated Democracy For America has put together a fairly sophisticated political ad mocking Gonzales' conflicting and forgetful testimony so far, and have posted it with their online campaign calling for the Attorney General's impeachment.
That's not the only online mischief related to the Attorney General. For some reason, typing the domain "www.albertogonzales.com" into your browser's address line takes web-surfers to the online home of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. A quick online search shows that the Attorney General's name is registered to InterCosmos Media Group of New Orleans, and was registered on Feb. 3, 2005, just as Gonzales was up for Senate confirmation.
An attempt to reach InterCosmos for an explanation was unsuccessful. But the BLT's private theory is that the link between the nation's top-law enforcement officer and the Blazers may have something to do with the team's well-documented history of blazing things other than three-point shots.