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(Drudge)   Drudge: Ashcroft to resign in "next few days"   ( divider line
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2004-11-03 10:53:16 PM  
The Attorney General is ALWAYS the most hated government official Remember Janet Reno and that guy under Reagan?
2004-11-03 10:53:48 PM  
If this is true, I will be very happy. I will also be a little worried that Bush might try to stick him on the Supreme Court.

Ashcroft is a frikken loony tune.
2004-11-03 10:54:04 PM  
Maybe he can start a singing career.
2004-11-03 10:54:12 PM  
So it wasn't all for nothing after all.

/still pissed but getting better
2004-11-03 10:54:19 PM  
here we go again....god bless us.
2004-11-03 10:55:16 PM  
Democrats and popular opinion aren't going to let Ashcroft get to the Supreme Court. He hasn't even been a judge, has he?

If Bush is smart, he'll nominate someone moderate like Sandra Day O'Conner and there won't be any controversy
2004-11-03 10:56:20 PM  
I have no problem with a conservative AG. What I do have a problem with is an AG that says that any criticism of his war on terror "gives aid an comfort to our enemies."

That is the most undemocratic thing since the Alien and Sedition acts.
2004-11-03 10:56:22 PM  
two words-

tommy chong
2004-11-03 10:56:29 PM  
This is excellent news, if it's true. For once, I'd like Drudge to be CORRECT about something.

Now let's just get rid of that PATRIOT Act and have Cheney return all the Halliburton money like Lewis Black says he should...
2004-11-03 10:56:33 PM  

How about this. It allows the government to tap into my telephone lines with no cause, monitor me, then strip my citizenship arbitrarily, hold me indefinitely with no access to a lawyer without informing me of the cause, and then hold trial and execute me without ever showing me the evidence against me. At no point in all of this is my family ever told why I didn't show up for dinner.

Not that it happens all the time (though I'm not certain how you'd know if it did), but the fact that the government now *has the power to do that* is frightening.

Unless, of course, you entirely trust the motives and actions of your government. And would continue to entirely trust the motives and actions of your government no matter who was in power, from hard-core liberal to hard-core conservative.
2004-11-03 10:56:40 PM  
Not news to me. Bush insiders have been extremely unhappy with Ashcroft's foolish use of Patriot Act provisions in nonterror cases. They didn't want to seem like they were shuffling cabinet positions just prior to an election.
I voted Bush. I don't like Ashcroft. My local Republican Party HQ knows it.
2004-11-03 10:56:41 PM  
We just want an Attorney General who is SANE and COMPETENT, thank you very much. Is that too much to ask for?

Like... Janet Reno, with her down home texas style barbecues? No love for Ashcroft at all, but fact of the matter is the AG is the government's designated hitman. That alone means they'll always be less than popular.
2004-11-03 10:57:32 PM  
This makes sense. Look for Guilliani to join the administration in some public capacity either as AG, VP or Secretary of State. It will set him up perfectly for a run in 08'
2004-11-03 10:57:43 PM  

If Bush is smart, he'll nominate someone moderate like Sandra Day O'Conner

He's not. Bush is radical idealogue.
2004-11-03 10:58:03 PM  
Rehnquist Retires/Dies/Abducted by Aliens
Bush Nominates Ashcroft to Supremes

This is just the type of insanity we've all come to know and love from this preznit.
2004-11-03 10:58:06 PM  
If Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz were gone... This administration would be half bad.

Forgot about the Dick... the Dick need to go. Theres too much Dick in The White House, and when theres too much Dick it just turns into a sausage fest... and nobody likes a sausage fest; Republicans or Democrats alike.
2004-11-03 10:58:15 PM  

2004-11-03 10:59:36 PM  
I'll tell ya what though... it looks better this way. Ashcroft was going to resign anyway, and now we can just say we are healing the country.
2004-11-03 10:59:55 PM  
This is good news. Maybe we'll be ok yet!
2004-11-03 11:00:00 PM  
and that guy under Reagan?

Meese? Yes, pornography is much safer without him around.

And uttles, I did think it's a little odd Bush didn't speak about that before. Personally I would love if all presidential nominees would select a whole cabinet before the vote, as really, those folks make a large part of policy, and I'd like to make a more informed choice before I vote of who all I will be putting into power. Bush's cabinet was the largest part of why I voted Democrat even though I identify myself as more of a Republican.
2004-11-03 11:00:17 PM  
This thread needs more pics.

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/and mindless boobie references are always appreciated
2004-11-03 11:00:47 PM  

This is great news, if true, but has anyone seen this leak/rumor from a legitimate news source? Come on, we're talking Drudge here fer chissakes...

My sentiments exactly. I want evidence and details. Not to mention assurances that his successor won't be worse.
2004-11-03 11:01:04 PM  

Yeah, the fact that Blunt won with his total lack of experience scares me. But at least people didn't vote the super-biatch Hanaway in as Sec. of State.
2004-11-03 11:01:21 PM  
I'm a bush supporter but I do not like Rumsfeld. I think he is incompetent.
Mr. Powell??
2004-11-03 11:01:30 PM  
I never liked Ashcroft myself. Good ridance....
2004-11-03 11:01:32 PM  
If Dubs would publicly burn Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Dick Cheney at the stake, I'd know he is taking this "unity" thing seriously.
2004-11-03 11:01:33 PM  

Like... Janet Reno, with her down home texas style barbecues?

Oh great, another wingnut David Koresh apologist. You probably think Timothy McVeigh got a bad rap, too.

On July 21, 2000, after a 10 month investigation, Danforth issued a preliminary report exonerating the government and its agents. His report concluded that federal agents did not start the fire, direct gunfire at the complex, or improperly employ US armed forces. Danforth assigned responsibility for the tragedy to the Branch Davidians and David Koresh. According to the report, they contributed to the tragedy by refusing to exit the compound during the 51 day standoff, directing gunfire at FBI agents, shooting members of the compound, and ultimately setting the fire that burned the compound down.
2004-11-03 11:03:02 PM  
Please cite specific instances where Ashcroft went off the deep end with the patriot act?

The patriot act will be moderated I think, when it comes up for renewal. But ashcroft did not invade ruby ridge, torch waco, or send swat after a small cuban boy. Ashcroft, was, if possible, more tolerable thann Reno.
2004-11-03 11:03:35 PM Bush is making the right steps to be a uniter instead of a divider!

This will make the re-election a little easier to swallow.
2004-11-03 11:04:02 PM  
I think that Colin Powell might be the first guy to resign out of the bunch.
2004-11-03 11:04:09 PM  
Does anyone else find it ironic that Putin now supports Bush's war on terror(ism), but does not support Bush's war on Iraq?
2004-11-03 11:04:25 PM  
Let me just say though, that this would give me some shred of hope that the next four years won't be as bad as the last four. A reshuffling of the cabinet would be a great sign. Hell, maybe I would even be able to look forward to four more Bush years.

Unfortunately though, Drudge is way too often full of shiate.
2004-11-03 11:04:35 PM  

/and mindless boobie references are always appreciated

Good idea! Boobies in spite of Ashcroft!! (NSFW and kittens)
2004-11-03 11:05:02 PM  

Bush has already named Ashcroft's successor...

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2004-11-03 11:05:27 PM  
I wonder what he annoints himself with when he LOSES a job?
2004-11-03 11:06:05 PM  
I should clarify that Janet Reno didn't torch the compound. David Koresh did. But if federalis had not been sent in, and local police/sherriffs instead. I think many people, including ATF, would still be alive.

I am certainly not excusing Koresh's actions at all.
2004-11-03 11:06:22 PM  

Although it doesn't depend on the Patriot Act per senn reference to Ashcroft's abuse of power, I would point you to the detention of Jose Padilla without charges and without the writ of habeaus corpus.
2004-11-03 11:06:31 PM  
Nth Degree: I think that Colin Powell might be the first guy to resign out of the bunch.

Are you trying to kill someone of a heart attack?! He's the only good guy they've got!!
2004-11-03 11:06:37 PM  
Ashcroft, he's, he's, listening in on my phone. He's inside my computer. OHHHH GODDDDDDDD The Patroic Act it's my life.

/How can 48 million be so paranoid
//There is so much I can't do today that I could do six years ago, really.
2004-11-03 11:07:05 PM  
No man

Does anyone else find it ironic that Putin now supports Bush's war on terror(ism), but does not support Bush's war on Iraq?

Not really, a lot of Americans feel the same way. Personally, I think OBL should have always remained target #1, and he and his ilk should be hunted down to the last man. Let's take care of the proven threats before wasting resources hunting threats that haven't even come close to materializing.
2004-11-03 11:07:12 PM  
opps supposed to be it's ruining my life
2004-11-03 11:07:35 PM  
Ashcroft will join the Supreme Court bench.

After Ginsburg resigns and is replaced by Roy Moore (he of Alabama and the Ten Commandments), Scalia, Ashcroft, Thomas, and Moore will all grow their beards out and ask to be referred to as "Ayatollahs".
2004-11-03 11:07:45 PM  
Sorry, that comment above was meant for earthwirm.
2004-11-03 11:08:22 PM  
I predicted this, maybe not this soon, but damnit I predicted it. Now if I'm the Oracle I think I am, Mccain will be the next AG as payoff for his support, although I already predicted wrongly he would be the next head of the CIA.
2004-11-03 11:08:47 PM  
Does anyone else find it ironic that Putin now supports Bush's war on terror(ism), but does not support Bush's war on Iraq?

/closes eyes and silently weeps
2004-11-03 11:08:48 PM  

send swat after a small cuban boy

Nobody got hurt and the son was returned to his father. I applaud Reno for her unpopular but ultimately RIGHT decision.
2004-11-03 11:09:02 PM  
YES! Hasta la vista, you fricking religious nut.
2004-11-03 11:09:20 PM  
I've been very staunchly against Bush. However, as long as he is replaced with someone more moderate (which shouldn't be too difficult...), this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I'm glad to see that this is one Bush decision that everyone seems to agree with.
2004-11-03 11:10:32 PM  
Great news! I heard rumors of this last week.....something about him having chronic pancreatitis or something. Anyway, he was the scariest of the bunch, wouldn't you agree?
2004-11-03 11:11:25 PM  
Right wing:

1. Janet Reno abused her power.
2. We ought give the Atty. Gen. even more power.
3. Nothing can go wrong.
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