It's hard to admire John Ashcroft. His politics are disturbing to say the least. Statue boob-covering and the anointing of Justice Department staff with oil a la some Old Testament patriarch? Looney Toons indeed.
But Comey's testimony yesterday shows that there are depths to which even Ashcroft wouldn't go for the Cheneyites. He stood his ground from a hospital bed, and perhaps preserved a bit of Constitution that otherwise mightn't have made it.