Chertoff Is Still the One

Nothing's changed since Whispers broke the story.

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Now even Chertoff's team is agreeing he might take over at Justice.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is still tops among those in the running to replace retiring Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The Bush pal quit today after weeks of punishing criticism of his department's alleged politicization of the process that hires and fires federal prosecutors. Chertoff has the background to take over the trouble department, but it looks like the traveling and vacationing President Bush plans to wait a few days before he makes his final choice. Still, even Homeland insiders are now talking about their boss moving on.

It's a story Whispers had first over the weekend. In repeating the talk about resignation, some bloggers took us to task for going with a story that was just insider buzz. Others ran with the story. And at least one gave us credit. Thanks, Rob.

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Video: Washington Whisper's Paul Bedard talks about how he got the tip that U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was stepping down.