Sen Hatch's reaction to Gonzo's departurer:
"I hope that history will remember Attorney General Gonzales for his honorable service to his country, rather than for the absurd political theater to which some critics have subjected him." _ Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Other positive statements were sparse (and we're talking Fox News here, so these have got to be the best of what they could find), putting Sen Hatch in quite a league on this one.
"His mistake was underestimating the ferocity of relentless partisan attacks and not preparing more to address them." _ Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
"I wish him and his family all the best as they enter the next stage of their lives. The work of the Justice Department is indispensable to our global war on terrorism, and as we move forward, I trust that the next attorney general will continue an aggressive approach against those who aim to harm our nation." _ House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio
"The life of Alberto Gonzales has been defined by his devotion to family and deep commitment to public service. ... I appreciate his hard work in defense of our country and look forward to his future contributions." _ House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.
"I thank Alberto Gonzales for his public service and wish him well in his future endeavors. It is my hope that whomever President Bush selects as the next attorney general, he or she is not subjected to the same poisonous partisanship that we've sadly grown accustomed to over the past eight months." _ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"Al Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle. ...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 ... his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." _ President Bush.
George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, Roy Blunt, John Boehner, and John Cornyn. Impressive company to keep. Even Susan Collins and Pete Domenici were able to say that Gonzales should step down. But not Hatch, only support for Bush and everyone in the administration from Hatch.