Tired of being President Bush's whipping boy, or house slave, as he was once called by Harry Belafonte, the Secretary of State will not serve a second term if Bush is reelected. Instead, we can all feel safe that our diplomatic needs are met by Condoleezza Rice. Secretary of State is an extraneous position anyway. The US doesn't seem to follow the advice of the admirable people in this office. So it is not surprising that a former man of action is fed up with the position. Karl Rove would be a good replacement as he is doing a fine PR job inside the state, he might do wonders with the public image of the US outside of the states. While they're at it, they might as well promote John Ashcroft to George Tenet's position and give him total control over information flow.