...and it's a fuzzy slipper. The Washington Post has an article in its Feb 16 edition on Charles A. James, Bush's nominee to head the Justice Dept Antitrust Division. In sum, he's a moderate trustbuster, more in line with the elder Bush's department than either Clinton's or Reagan's. The article makes the point that GHWB's antitrust division was much more active than Reagan's was, and in many ways set the stage for the Clinton-era antitrust activism. Furthermore, no action on the Microsoft matter will be taken until the ruling on the appeal in handed down. James likely won't be confirmed before those hearings occur at the end of this month. James declines to state a position on the matter, but in past statements has said that he sees both sides of the issue, and is unlikely to dismiss the matter.
In sum, everyone can stop panicking now. Bush has named a competent solicitor who believes in the job that is likely to be entrusted to him.