Attorney General Alberto Gonzales ended months of speculation this morning by announcing his resignation.
Wasting no time, The Wall Street Journal steps boldly into the void, listing possible entrants in the lottery to replace him.
The Journal’s list is great, but is missing some key contenders:
1. DC Judge Roy Pearson, who after losing his original case, is (unbelievably) appealing his $67 million lawsuit against his dry cleaner.
2. Karl Rove. Apparently “The Architect,” who also recently resigned, is now looking for work. And although Mr. Rove is not a lawyer, his track record in cases shows he’s no stranger to the courts. (Fastcase subscription required.)
3. Lionel Hutz. We’ve seen worse. (“I Can’t Believe It’s the Justice Department”?)
For our money, the best (but least likely) pick would be independent minded Republican prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, 44. He’s the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois managing a staff of 300, and was formerly an AUSA in the Southern District of New York. Although he went to Harvard Law School, he is also widely regarded as smart and independent minded (witness his service as Special Prosecutor in the perjury trial of Scooter Libby), and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2001.