Friday, January 02, 2009

Defining Down Victimhood

Everybody get together and let's have a pity party for disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal (via Hit & Run), he actually tried to paint himself as a victim of the War on Terra:

During a lunch meeting two blocks from the White House, where he served under his longtime friend, President George W. Bush, Mr. Gonzales said that 'for some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with. I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.'
For. Fuck's. Sake. Are you shitting me, Fredo? You're having problems finding work (law firms are apparently "skittish" about hiring him) because you were a nakedly sycophantic AG for one of the worst Presidents in history. You oversaw the lock up of dozens without charge or hearing, torture on a scale that has alienated us from the family of nations, and politicized the DoJ to a degree previously unseen in the nation's history.

Here's a hint - you don't get to do a bunch of stuff and then claim to be a "casualty" or a victim of the backlash. Victimhood usually requires some degree of innocence, after all.

Thankfully, he's got a book in the works to explain all of this to us.

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