Under Fire Again

Someone once noted that watching members of Congress question Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was a little like watching the clubbing of a baby seal. On Tuesday, however, it was worse than that: the nation's top law-enforcement official handed out baseball bats before taking the inevitable punishments.

Gonzales declined to answer a number of lawmakers' queries simply because they were part of a continuing "controversy"--a new dodge in the oversight wars between Congress and the White House. He said he did not know how a number of new Justice Department procedures had come to be changed, even when he had personally approved them.