Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship?

I saw this article on CNN regarding four members of the Bush cabinet leaving office, bringing the total number of deserters to five in addition to Ashcroft’s resignation last week. I have yet to see many blog posts about it other that this one on 1600 Political Bits. The names of the resigning cabinet members are:
Colin Powell – Secretary of State
Rod Paige – Education Secretary
Spencer Abraham – Energy Secretary
Ann Veneman – Agriculture Secretary

Makes you wonder what the reasoning is behind the leaving and which party initiated it. Either W felt he didn’t need to have their services anymore or else they said “Fuck four more years of this, I quit”. Too bad about Colin Powell though. He should have stepped up and just ran for president when he had the chance 5 years ago. He claimed that he wanted to be able to spend more time with his family, but I question how possible could that have been in the past four years while serving as the Secretary of State. Why couldn’t he just man up when he had the chance? Perhaps the party polarity shown in the nation could have been avoided, and crazy religious fears would not have fueled the 2004 election. Kind of funny that the Education Secretary threw in the towel. It’s almost like he didn’t think he would be able to pull off No Child Left Behind.