John Dean was on Randi Rhodes show this afternoon. He said that if Alberto Gonzales resigns during the Congressional recess there is no way the Bush Administration would be so stupid as to replace a cabinet level official with an interim appointment.
He does not recall that an official of that level has ever been replaced with an interim appointment and that doing so would show the highest levels of contempt for congress. (Not contempt in the legal sense, but in the sense of an abject and total belief in the unitary executive.) If Bush were to do such a thing the wheels would utterly be off this administration.
Somehow, given that warning, I can absolutely see it happening. In other words, no one ever erred overestimating the stupidity of this administration.