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Karl Rove Set to Resign at the End of August

From the Wall Street Journal:

Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, marking a turning point for the Bush presidency.

Mr. Rove's departure removes one of the White House's most polarizing figures, and perhaps signals the effective end of the lame duck administration's role in shaping major domestic policy decisions. Mr. Rove revealed his plans in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

Mr. Rove, who has held a senior post in the White House since President Bush took office in January 2001, told Mr. Gigot he first floated the idea of leaving a year ago. But he delayed his departure as, first, Democrats took Congress, and then as the White House tackled debates on immigration and Iraq, he said. He said he decided to leave after White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day they would be obliged to remain through the end of the president's term in January 2009.

"I just think it's time," Mr. Rove said in the interview. "There's always something that can keep you here, and as much as I'd like to be here, I've got to do this for the sake of my family." Mr. Rove and his wife have a home in Ingram, Texas, and a son who attends college in nearby San Antonio.

There's a lot more detail in Paul Gigot's commentary, which you can read here. Here's a portion in which Rove discusses the mythology the nutroots and moonbats have created about him:

What about those who say he's leaving to avoid Congressional scrutiny? "I know they'll say that," he says, "But I'm not going to stay or leave based on whether it pleases the mob." He also knows he'll continue to be a target, even from afar, since belief in his influence over every Administration decision has become, well, faith-based.

"I'm a myth. There's the Mark of Rove," he says, with a bemused air. "I read about some of the things I'm supposed to have done, and I have to try not to laugh." He says the real target is Mr. Bush, whom many Democrats have never accepted as a legitimate president and "never will."

It doesn't matter that Rove will be living in Texas after he resigns; the nutroots and moonbats out there will still find things that they will insist are Rovian plots that he concocted from Texas.

Rove has been such a huge influence, it will be interesting to see who will replace him.

I'm ambivalent about Rove's leaving. I wouldn't have minded if he left a while ago because he seemed to have lost something in the past year or two. But Michelle Malkin is very happy to see him go and writes this:

Gigot lets Rove defend himself and his legacy, and what I see, alas, is the mark of self-delusion and blindness that has damaged the White House and the Beltway GOP. Rove pats President Bush (and himself) on the back for the disastrous Medicare entitlement expansion and the aborted Social Security reform effort.

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Comments (29)

Talk about starting my vaca... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Talk about starting my vacation on a high note.

Actually, I believe Michell... (Below threshold)
Diane:

Actually, I believe Michelle Malkin is doing as much or more damage to the GOP (at least in the last year), as she believes Karl Rove has done in the beltway.

Michelle has become as bitter and criticizing in her writings as many of those who celebrate being Koskids. Her issues are just different. Her sarcasm has gone way past the level of being funny--she needs to learn to remain positive (like a Rush Limbaugh).

Just this week I made the decision to no longer visit her website, which used to be a daily practice. It's a shame, as she is a bright woman, just not bright enough, to know how to influence people in a positive way.

Vacation from what?... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

Vacation from what?

Rove has been such... (Below threshold)
Rove has been such a huge influence, it will be interesting to see who will replace him.

Even more interesting will be how the moonbats in the "spere" will fill the void. Rove will be reported by historians as one of the most influential political advisers to ever pass through the beltway. I will call Karl Rove "the Bill Walsh of the political arena", and will look forward to any who would attempt to fill the shoes that advanced the conservative party.

Kim:"It doesn'... (Below threshold)
marc:

Kim:

"It doesn't matter that Rove will be living in Texas after he resigns; the nutroots and moonbats out there will still find things that they will insist are Rovian plots that he concocted from Texas."

Yeap, it took just over an hour after the news broke. A dem Representative was a guest on F&F to comment on their recent trip to Iraq.

When asked to comment on Rove's resignation she said it was long over due because he "had led this country" down the wrong path, noting the Iraq war, Katrina and Gitmo.

She's pure unadulterated moonbat.

I think with the 'settled ... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

I think with the 'settled science' of global warming now being challenged, he needed to move back to the Southern part of the US so as to be closer to this 'hurricane machine'.

"But I'm not going to stay ... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

"But I'm not going to stay or leave based on whether it pleases THE MOB."

Adroit, considering he is probably facing
RICO charges for his Abramoff dalliances.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/16/AR2007051602397.html

For the past several years ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

For the past several years Rove has urging candidates to 'focus on the war' in order to win the the last 3 elections. They won two out of three, elections and now have war that with no end in sight.. But it's a pity our exhausted American troops can't go home as easily now 'for family reasons' as Rove. Rove has one son in college..Must be nice, three homes in different parts of the country and several institutes and publishers willing to pay handsomely and enormous sums for the musings of Rove who says he isn't the least concerned about any legacy.

Is there really any doubt t... (Below threshold)
Frank:

Is there really any doubt that he's going to work on one of the Republicans' campaigns? Look at the timing. Fred Thompson gets my vote

Looks like Kim has develope... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Looks like Kim has developed a lefty-troll magnet.

Of all of the kids in the K... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Of all of the kids in the Klinton, Reid, Pelosi, Difi, Durbin, Murtha, Kerry, Osama, Edwards, and Biden families, how many are in Iraq?

Oh, thats right, the dems voted FOR it til they voted agaist it.

>Vacation from what?<... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Vacation from what?

reality

There just went the moonies... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

There just went the moonies frog march parade.

So Michelle Malkin doesn't ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

So Michelle Malkin doesn't think Rove is so swift ... I guess that comes from her years of experience running political campaigns ...

or maybe not ...

Hey Michelle, why don't you join one of the candidates and work a presidential campaign from the inside and then maybe, just maybe you'll have some credibility on the subject ...

Otherwise maybe you'd be better off just posting a note of thanks and avoid looking like a fool ... :)

If Karl Rove was as half om... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

If Karl Rove was as half ominous as he was depicted, you wouldn't know who he was. Just like we don't know who dropped the Foley Bomb with perfect timing. In fact, if anyone is what "Karl Rove" was suppose to be, its the operatives for the Democrats.

But its in the Democratic handbook that you accuse your opponents of what you are doing. That way, when accusations come your way, they look like childish retaliation.

"Vacation from what?"</i... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Vacation from what?"

"reality"

Barney's been on THAT vacation at least as long as he's been posting here.

Now the moonbats really hav... (Below threshold)
scrapiron Author Profile Page:

Now the moonbats really have to worry about Rove. He knew all of the dirt on the dhimmi's and couldn't do anything while Deputy Chief of Staff. Now he is free to go on all of the talk shows and tell the truth about the slimey dhimmi's. I'll bet Shrillary crapped her drawers. It's going to be a great campaign season after all. Do any of the lefties know that President Bush can't run anymore so the services of Rove aren't required any longer? In a short 16 months President Bush can follow Dimmy 'peanut brain' and Slick's lead and destroy what's left of the democrat party. Na, his christian upbringing won't allow him to become an un-american slime ball like the two past dhimmi presidents.

In my opinion, Karl won thr... (Below threshold)

In my opinion, Karl won three elections, and the fourth was just kinda par for the course as far as midterms go. Two of the three wins were, historically, home runs. I back that theory up right here...

http://realityblogz.blogspot.com/2007/08/karl-rove-is-leaving.html

I agree about Malkin. She h... (Below threshold)
bio mom:

I agree about Malkin. She hurts her own causes. Dubai ports was embarassing. Immigration reform set Rs back for years. Ideology above all is a silly, lazy, easy thing when all you have to do is type at a computer.

Karl Rove deserves our thanks because he gave us George W. Bush as president. And his reelection was so important not only to our country but also to Iraq and, quite literally, the world. Lots of them don't recognize it yet or do but can't admit it. It has been a privilege to be American during the Bush presidency.

Semanticleo has spammed lik... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Semanticleo has spammed like a blogroach that exact text in a score of blogs.

Dubai ports, isn't that the... (Below threshold)
scrapiron Author Profile Page:

Dubai ports, isn't that the deal that made the Klington's millions? I wonder if the left wings display of ignorance about Rove is Envy or hate (Barney has it bad). Either will require some long term mental health care. Rove is gone, Bush/Chaney gone in 16 months, what are the lefties to do, mass suicide? As I said before, Rove will be free to let it fly in coming months. Some will wish he had remained in the white house where he was silent.

He's like Yogi Berra.. I ne... (Below threshold)
mikey:

He's like Yogi Berra.. I never said half the things I said.

I could care less....Outsid... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I could care less....Outside of keeping our troops in Iraq..Bush is done so what was the point of Rove staying?...

I would not be do sure about Rove jumping into another campaign...he still is involved with some stuff...the most serious is Aberbribe..(remember one of his staff already convicted)

I will give the same ho-hum When Alberto resigns before the first of the year...

Rove will have as much clout in 08 as Tom Delay.

Good job Karl. Now get to ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Good job Karl. Now get to work on someone's campaign and get a Republican elected President. Again.

Never rest Karl. It's fun to see the moonbats get into a tizzy over you.

But why is he really leavin... (Below threshold)
Rance:

But why is he really leaving?

"I want to spend more time with my family." sounds like a touchy-feely liberal kind of reason.

And how does his son in college feel about Dad showing up to spend more time with him? Gotta let the kid grow up some time, Karl.

Adroit, considerin... (Below threshold)
Adroit, considering he is probably facing RICO charges for his Abramoff dalliances.

How the hell did you get from Rove's assistant asking for immunity to protect herself during Congressional hearings to Rove facing RICO charges?!

There's not one word about RICO nor anything else about Rove except that the woman worked for him.

Another liberal fantasy.

I could care less... (Below threshold)
I could care less Posted by nogo war

How much less could you care, nogo?

Na, his christian u... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

Na, his christian upbringing won't allow him to become an un-american slime ball like the two past dhimmi presidents.

No - because only Christian non-slimeballs can lie to the public, waste thousands of American lives for their own selfish needs, act indifferent in the face of something like Katrina and deny increased funding for children's healthcare.

Yeah, real Christian. In reality, you've all been duped by this guy, the biggest slimeball of all. May he enjoy his tenor in hell after what will have been the worst, most destructive administration in our country's history.

hansel, your comments are i... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

hansel, your comments are incoherent and show little more than your own ignorance of history.

It is just pure incoherence to believe that President Bush wanted to invade Iraq for "for their own selfish needs" - just incoherent. There was no benefit to him personally from the invasion, and he knew it.

The nonsense about children's healthcare has long ago been debunked, the most recent bill extending benefits to people in the middle class and up to age 25 is ludicrous.




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