The Wrong Choice for Justice

Ashcroft will ignite the most furious nomination fight since Bork and Tower

What was president-elect George W. Bush thinking when he selected John Ashcroft as his nominee for Attorney General? That since he was designating three superbly qualified African Americans for high-level positions--Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Rod Paige--blacks would somehow overlook Ashcroft's horrendous record on race? Or that it was compassionately conservative for Bush to hire a man who had just lost re-election as Missouri's junior U.S. Senator to a dead man? (Governor Mel Carnahan, who died in a plane crash during the campaign, won the seat, and his widow is serving in...

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