Source: Los Angeles Times
On October 29, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "with hundreds of supportive calls coming into the Pentagon and Bush facing a reelection campaign in which he'll seek the help of Christian conservatives, it might be out of the question for the administration to fire Boykin. 'Gen. Boykin is kind of the living embodiment of a key Republican electoral constituency. So forcing him out would not be a very bright move with elections approaching' said military analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based public policy group."