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Wednesday, November 10, 2004


MEDIA DECLARES: JOHN ASHCROFT WAS A LIGHTNING ROD 

Pack mentality pervades... can we think of something else to say?



"John Ashcroft was a lightning rod."
- Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News, Tues. Nov. 9

"John Ashcroft was a lightning rod."
- Peter Jennings, ABC World News, Tues. Nov. 9

"He has also been a willing lightning rod for critics who said his policies for thwarting terrorists infringed on the rights of innocent people."
- San Francisco Gate

"At the same time, he has been a lightning rod for criticism of his handling of the U.S. end of the war against terror, especially the detention of terror suspects."
- S.F. Examiner

"During his nearly four years as attorney general, John Ashcroft was a willing lightning rod for critics who said his get-tough policies for thwarting terrorists infringed on the rights of innocent people."
- Arizona Republic

"He has been a lightning rod, and he's probably caused the Bush administration trouble that it wishes would go away," said James Stimson, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "His views on social and religious issues are just nothing like compassionate conservatism."
- Palm Beach Post

"Mr. Ashcroft has been the administration's lightning rod through his passionate advocacy of the Patriot Act and an unsuffessful effort to strengthen it."
- Toledo Blade

"Ashcroft's legacy includes being a lightning rod for criticism of the administration's tough-on-terror policies."
- NY Daily News

"Attorney General John Ashcroft, a lightning rod for criticism of the Patriot Act, has submitted his resignation after four years on the job."
- WJRT-TV

"U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a key player in the Bush administration's war on terrorism and often a lightning rod for criticism from civil libertarians, resigned Tuesday as the nation's leading law enforcement official."
- Detroit Free Press

"The former Missouri senator has served in turbulent times, and he has been a lightning rod for controversy."
- Denver Post

"Ashcroft was a lightning rod for criticism from civil liberties groups."
- The Guardian

"The resignation of Ashcroft, a lightning rod for critics of the administration's domestic antiterrorism policies, was widely expected within conservative legal circles following Bush's victory in the presidential election last week."
- Boston Globe

"Ashcroft has been a lightning rod from the start, for everything from covering up bare-breasted female statues symbolizing justice to his enforcement of the anti-terrorist Patriot Act."
- NY Post

"Ashcroft has been a lightning rod for problems, and it is conceivable that the president may want to tone down some of the criticism."
- CBS Market Watch


Google News: "John Ashcroft" "lightning rod"


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