[FoRK] Ding, dong the witch is dead...

Jeff Bone 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 
asked him.

  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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