Clinton's second term had Monica, Reagan had Iran-Contra and Nixon had Watergate. Bush is now setting himself up for a typically problematic second term by surrounding himself with even more Yes Men. As bad as Ashcroft was, he was a bit of a maverick in terms of having his own (weird) agenda and Powell was pretty much the only moderate in Bush World.
Now, Ashcroft and Powell are being replaced with Gonzales and Rice -- two people who are extremely close to the President.
Bush will find nothing more in these two but his own reflection.
There will no doubt now be a purge of moderates/liberals at the Department of State as there is ongoing at the CIA.
God Help Us All.