The attorney general has a difficult needle to thread: He must correct his earlier comments that he had limited knowledge and involvement in the firing process, without making it look as if he had intentionally misled the public. He must give a plausible explanation for both the firings and the muddled response from his department, without appearing incompetent to lead. And he has to do it all under oath.
I think the outcome will be a Gonzales resignation, a perjury charge, or both. I just see no indication that Alberto is smart enough to get out of this. His lack of thoughtfulness has gotten him into this and now he will pay the price.
This story line sounds familiar, doesn't it?