In his Q&A with USA Today, could the president really have answered these questions too much differently than he did, given the questions? USA Today got the answers they wanted, I’m sure. I’m not as worried about what he said (indicator-wise) as I would be if I hadn’t read the questions:
Q: What do you make of the tone of the dialogue already and in particular the attacks on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who’s considered a possible nominee?
A: My call to the senators who will be leading the debate on either side is to help elevate this rhetoric so that the country will take a prideful look at the process, recognize there will be differences of opinion but that we can step back after it’s over and say, “That’s the way we ought to conduct a debate on something as serious as a Supreme Court nominee.”
Q: Do you think the attacks on Gonzales are out of line?
A: Al Gonzales is a great friend of mine. I’m the kind of person, when a friend gets attacked, I don’t like it. We’re lucky to have him as the attorney general, and I’m lucky to have him as a friend.