Throw Fredo From The Train
....or in this case, under the bus. NYT:
The two Republicans, who spoke anonymously so they could share private conversations with senior White House officials, said top aides to Mr. Bush, including Fred F. Fielding, the new White House counsel, were concerned that the controversy had so damaged Mr. Gonzales’s credibility that he would be unable to advance the White House agenda on national security matters, including terrorism prosecutions.As this mess metastasizes, that sound you hear is shovels furiously digging firebreaks around the White House -- which must be protected at all costs. From political allies whispering dutifully on background about "estrangement," to talking point-toting bloggers (here and here) who mentioned this scandal for the first time yesterday by slamming Gonzales, the job now is to put a thousand miles of hard road between Gonzales (and whatever Administration official gets caught up in this next) and the President.
"I really think there’s a serious estrangement between the White House and Alberto now," one of the Republicans said.