Ashcroft and Commerce's Don Evans Both Resign
Both John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans have resigned. Ashcroft was expected due to health reasons, and he stepped out with his usual flair for saying something that others will regret later:
“The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved,” Ashcroft wrote in a five-page handwritten letter to Bush.
But Evans' resignation was not expected. After Bush said just last Thursday at his first press conference since the election that he hasn't thought about Cabinet changes or made decisions, he apparently made some quick ones in the last several days.
Note that the story says that Evans may come back to Treasury if John Snow is dumped. If so, and if Evans' successor at Commerce turns out to be Bush's chief fundraiser, then you can see the high caliber Cabinet that Bush will have in his two main economic positions: a life-long friend whose main qualifications for being Treasury Secretary in our new global economy are that he worked in an oil company and was a drinking buddy for Bush, and a Commerce Secretary who was Bush's shakedown man and manipulator of the Corporate ATM that funds the modern GOP.