So says The Economist:
Mr Gonzales was arguably the worst person possible for the job. People who have worked with him describe him as neither particularly bright nor particularly forceful. The “forgetful” performance on Capitol Hill may have been tactical. But he clearly took a lackadaisical approach to his job. The prosecutor for Arizona objected to Mr Gonzales's decision to seek the death penalty for a drug dealer who was accused of murder on the ground that, among other things, no body had been found. Mr Gonzales's aide said the attorney-general had invested a lot of time in the issue—perhaps “as much as five to ten minutes”.