Remember the Valerie Palme affair? The White Houe exposing an active CIA agent in order to intimidate her husband and other critics of the administration? The one NZPundit called a "Non-scandal"? Well, Ashcroft has recused himself and appointed a special prosecutor - just like Watergate, Iran-Contra, or Whitewater.
Some "non-scandal". That flapping noise is the sound of the Bush administration's chickens coming home to roost.