Is John Ashcroft the Worst Attorney General Ever? Paul Krugman gives a laundry list of reasons why he think he is. Atrios and Kevin Drum don't think much of him, either. They both make the observation that the press no longer believe anything he saids about terrorism and the man loves the spotlight.
When he did his latest "WE'VE ARRESTED A TERRORIST!!!!!" news conference yesterday I thought that finally there was a bit of skepticism on the part of the press. Maybe I was just projecting, but I sensed a bit of subliminal eyerolling coming from the CNN anchordesk.Kevin Drum
For what it's worth, I happened to be watching ABC News last night when they ran a segment about this, and the skepticism was more than subliminal. Peter Jennings came about as close as an anchor can to telling us that Ashcroft was completely full of shit before ABC ran its piece. The fact that Ashcroft is such an obvious camera hog is probably part of the reason for this treatment. I swear, I think he'd hold a press conference to announce his own birthday if he thought it would get him on the evening news. Nor does it help that two weeks ago he announced a huge terrorism scare, only to have Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge sound confused the next day while admitting that, no, as far as he knew there was nothing serious going on and the threat level would stay at yellow.