publication date: Monday, November 15, 2004 (part of Round XXIV)
clue: Don't torture yourself trying to recognize this controversial candidate.
explanation: When the goo was published, President Bush had just named Gonzales as his candidate to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general. While serving as White House Counsel, Gonzales had controversially denied that the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison qualified as torture. more…
solved by: Steve West, Denise Sawicki, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Todd Brotsch, E. M., Christine Marie Doiron, Anthony Lewis, Brad Htnck, Kevin Laudadio, and Deirdre DeLay
trivia: Scott bumped back into the following week the goo that he had intended to publish on this date, to make room for a current events goo. Incorrect guesses included Gene Amondson, John Hostettler, Al Gore, Ronald Reagan, Donald Rumsfeld, and Howard Dean.