Today Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), one of the most conservative members of the Senate, called for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Coburn made a simple argument at today's hearing. To paraphrase:
Over the last several months, the Attorney General has failed to live up to the very management standards he cited in ousting US Attorneys. Given Gonzales' poor management, it only makes sense for him to suffer the same fate as those he fired.
It's a pretty compelling point. And it was made by a senator with rock-solid Republican credentials--Coburn is hardly a maverick.
So why can't Sen. Collins get with the program? Why does she continue to stand with Gonzales, even as the most loyal of the Bush loyalists jump ship?
Inquiring minds want to know.