November 4, 2004


Attorney General Giuliani? (NewsMax, 11/04/04)

Washington is abuzz today with talk that Attorney General John Ashcroft will soon resign.

The conservative Ashcroft, a born-again Christian who has enraged the left, has suffered from pancreatitis and other health problems

Giuliani is a better fit at Homeland Security, though he may be better off just running fulltime for Governor or Senator, whichever he chooses is his. It's also a chance for the President to give Latinos a nice big smooch, by moving Alberto Gonzales to AG.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2004 2:57 PM


Is it possible that Alberto Gonzales would be made AG by President Bush so that he wouldn't get put in the no-win situation in needing to consider him for a position on SCOTUS? President Bush which could alienate the conservatives if Gonzales was considered for SCOTUS and would alienate Hispanics if he wasn't considered for SCOTUS.

Posted by: capt mike at November 4, 2004 3:37 PM

The way to deal with Gonzalez is easy. Put him at AG, if Rudy doesn't want it, then when the next spot opens up on the SCT let him have it. He's no liberal by any means and Stevens is 86. If Stevens and Rehnquist go, send up Gonzalez and Ashcroft or some other evangelical(Sekulow, or the guy who's the Dean of Regent University Law School) as a kind of package deal. The Dems will short-circuit.

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 3:51 PM

To replace Rehnquist Bush should name Thomas as Chief Justice. He is conservative but being African American it should blunt Democrat criticism (unlike if Scalia is named).

Haven't thought much about the 2nd term cabinet but I believe a bunch of new blood should be brought it to keep things lively. The Transportation guy should go. Naming some conservative Democrats like Miller or even moderate Dems like Breaux might win Bush some points. And Bush should still try to eliminate some cabinets to shrink govt.

Posted by: AWW at November 4, 2004 4:06 PM

Ashcroft can't resign, the left would have to make up a new boogey man.

Posted by: pchuck at November 4, 2004 7:43 PM

How about Joe Lieberman as AG?

Wouldn't that blunt a lot of Dem objection to the Patriot Act?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at November 5, 2004 10:48 AM

Dooubt the Right would accept a pro-abortion AG.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2004 10:57 AM

Pro-abortion? Did Lieberman's 2000-conversion stick?

Posted by: Timothy at November 5, 2004 3:06 PM

As AG nominee, Lieberman would take the oath to support and defend the Constitution.

Lieberman is a Dem who has the honor to do just that, regardless of personal conviction.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at November 6, 2004 9:10 AM