the objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.Sounds like he may have given up his real political post but is still living in his faith induced topor.
Ashcroft, of course, was the very memorable guy who sang his own hymn karaoke-style on Fahrenheit 9/11 - probably denounced as an anti-Bush hoax. But he also owed his political career to his President, who rescued him from oblivion after losing in a senate race in Missouri against a dead guy. Of course this was in a time when dead Democrats won elections over living Republicans. Things are a bit more upside down these days: taxpaying Democrats now lose against braindead Republicans on welfare.
Ashcroft, as an unelected official like all presidential cabinet appointees, presided over the infamous P.A.T.R.I.O.T Act, arguably the biggest attack on American civil liberties since King John ignored the Magna Carta.
The next rat that needs to go but should have much earlier: Donald Rumsfeld.