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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
Ashcroft, Evans resign from Cabinet:

President Bush has accepted the resignations of Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Tuesday.

Ashcroft's resignation doesn't surprise me that much. More than late nights or hard work, I think constant criticism and comparisons to some of history's least desirable characters would tend to make the job seem less than rewarding. The article mentions a deputy who might take over. This may be an early sign of what the next administration will look like.

I read a rumor somewhere last week that Rudy Giuliani may be the next AG. I think Rudy could be an excellent choice. He's a prosecutor, he's got some credibility on fighting terror, and he's a social moderate on many issues. I think in a role like that, he could connect well with the American people by prosecuting the cases that they care about.

Should be interesting.

Is this the usual timing for the resignations though? Shouldn't they wait until January?

Brian-- The thing is, these cabinet secretaries have stuck around far longer than men and women in their positions usually do. Most often these positions are filled for around 2-3 years, and then vacated. So, it's a bit of a unique circumstance in that they're not actually resigning early so much as late.


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