Roger L. Simon

Ashcroft to Resign

Fox News is apparently reporting that John Ashcroft is the first Bush cabinet member who will resign after the first administration (no link yet). If true, this will be an interesting indicator of the shape of Bush’s second cabinet. Ashcroft may have been the most controversial of W’s appointments, although in retrospect the Attorney General’s actions were considerably less extreme than his reputation. I didn’t notice any Palmer Raids on my street. Nevertheless, the naming of the new Attorney General will obviously be watched closely.