[FoRK] Ding, dong the witch is dead...
jbone at place.org
Fri Nov 5 09:08:36 PST 2004
From Lisa Rein:
By Curt Anderson for The Associated Press.
Attorney General John Ashcroft is likely to leave his post before the
start of President Bush's second term, senior aides said Thursday.
Ashcroft, 62, is described as exhausted from leading the Justice
Department in fighting the domestic war on terrorism since the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks. Stress was a factor in Ashcroft's health problems
earlier this year that resulted in removal of his gall bladder.
Ashcroft is expected to resign before Bush's Jan. 20 inauguration,
said aides who spoke only on condition of anonymity. They said there is
a small chance he would stay on, at least for a short time, if Bush
The attorney general has not officially informed his staff of his
future plans, spokesman Mark Corallo said.
At a news conference, Bush said he hasn't made any decisions about his
Ashcroft, a former two-term governor and senator from Missouri, has
long been a favorite among Bush's base of religious conservatives. He
also is a lightning rod for Democrats and other critics on issues
ranging from the anti-terrorism Patriot Act, which expanded rules for
eavesdropping, to abortion rights and gun control.
Names that have been floated in recent weeks as a possible replacement
include Ashcroft's former deputy, Larry Thompson, who would become the
first black attorney general. Others include Marc Racicot, who was
Bush's campaign manager, and White House general counsel Alberto
Gonzalez, who would give Bush a notable Hispanic appointment.
However, to mix (several) metaphors here, with Darth Sidious (aka Paul
Wolfowitz) rumored to be taking over for Rummy, I think the balance
sheet slides further into the red. :-/
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