It's somewhat sad when cabinet members, through no fault of their own, become huge political liabilities. On the other hand, the truth is that through rampant (and unfair) demonization, John Ashcroft is
a liability. His resignation
is probably for the best; a new face at the AG's office will probably be able to get more accomplished.
In the same way, though Dick Cheney seems to be a great guy and a hypercompetent administrator - and certainly not the HALLIBURTON!! oil-sucking vampire even the only slightly nutty like to portray him as - I won't mind if he has to resign for medical reasons well before 2008. (Just so long as Condi Rice gets the Veep nod, of course.)