Memorable portions include:
In 1995, for example, when he became the junior senator from Missouri, he was anointed by friends (in the style of "the ancient kings of Israel," he has noted) with Crisco oil from the kitchen.
However, it would have helped, for example, if more people had realized that Ashcroft routinely compares himself to Christ in his 1998 memoir, Lessons from a Father to His Son, in which he refers to his campaign victories as "resurrections." Conversely, his political defeats are compared to "crucifixions." Ashcroft's determination to liken his political career to the life and death of Christ is a sign of "narcissism — without question," says Washington, D.C., therapist William Demeo.
Missouri state senator Harry Wiggins, a Democrat and the spokesman for a bipartisan group trying to get funding restored for a Kansas City home for AIDS patients, met with Ashcroft in the governor's mansion. The Good Samaritan home, as it was then called, had received a $900,000 state grant, but, says Wiggins, "Governor Ashcroft vetoed it. I think twice."
Wiggins tried to explain the home's purpose. "This is a place they go, Governor, but they don't come back," he began. "Many of them, their families have rejected them."
"I understand. You got my attention," Ashcroft said with interest. "This is the place where it is cheapest for me to send them to die."
"Governor, these are human beings who have to have a place to live," protested Wiggins, "or they'll live in boxes under bridges."
Wiggins remembers Ashcroft's reply: "Well, they're there because of their own misconduct, and it wasn't very reputable misconduct, either."
Wiggins was puzzled. "When does misconduct become reputable? When disreputable?"
"That's beside the point," snapped Ashcroft.
Quite scary. Give it a look, along with his rotten.com biography
if you will. I'm not prejudiced against fundamentalists. I am however, concerned that we are electing religious fundamentalists hellbent on creating a totalitarian, militarist government WHILE attempting to eliminate foreign governments that are (yes, indeed) run by religious fundamentalists hellbent on creating totalitarian, militarist governments.