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.

‘Tis a consummaton devoutly to be wished.

Barry Barnett

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