Senator Arlen Spector (R-Pa.) guessed out loud today that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez may resign his office before the Senate acts on a no-confidence resolution. “I have a sense that before the vote is taken, that Attorney General Gonzales may step down.”
Blawgletter notes that no-confidence votes abound in parliamentary systems, such as the United Kingdom’s, but not on these shores. Suffrage there determines whether the government stays or goes. In this case, the no-confidence vote will have no official effect. But, as Senator Spector suggested, it could have practical impact.