How bad does the Great Prosecutor Purge have to be for the Bush Administration for this to happen?
The controversy swirling around Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the firing of eight U.S. attorneys intensified Tuesday, with Senate Republicans offering only a qualified defense in the face of calls by some Democrats that he resign.
Even Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison -- typically full-throated defenders of the Bush administration -- expressed concern that Gonzales and the Justice Department had mishandled explanations to Congress about the White House's involvement in the prosecutors' firing last December.
"Appearances are troubling," Cornyn said. "I think the executive branch owes it to Congress to be forthcoming when Congress asks for information, and this has not been handled well."