I am going to give George W. Bush kudos for removing one of the most cancerous elements of his administration.
Whether or not it was voluntary, and it probably was, the departure of John Ashcroft is a huge relief to me.
I just hope its not a prelude to a nomination to the Supreme Court to replace Rehnquist.
It will also be telling who Bush nominates to replace Ashcroft. If he puts forward someone that more of America can relate to, then it will signal he's looking for a legacy as a uniter. If he puts forward someone right of Ashcroft, then it will signal he's looking to remake the country in a significant way.
His stance on the Spector issue will also be telling.