Confirmation Makeovers

If you dropped in on Capitol Hill from Mars last week, you might have thought George W. Bush had tapped liberals for two of his most sensitive Cabinet posts. John Ashcroft, the hard-right nominee for Attorney General, told astonished Senators at his confirmation hearing that he would "aggressively" enforce abortion laws and wouldn't challenge the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, even though he has spent much of his career trying to overturn it. In another hearing room, Interior Secretary-designate Gale Norton, a James Watt disciple who used to champion the rights of oil companies and mine operators, insisted that she's...

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