Because the Attorney General represents the people of the United States, while Mr. Gonzales, in the words of LA Timesmen David Savage and Edward Chen, amongnumerousothers who echo a similar refrain, "Unlike Ashcroft, Gonzales is a trusted friend of the president who can be counted on to put the interests of the White House first." Alberto Gonzales for Solicitor General, sure, but not Attorney General. Note: This was done with the help of this excellent round-up done by the Washington Post. Note 2: If the correct spelling of his name is Gonzales, then how come he's not Portuguese? Is he Brazilian?