August 13th, 2007at 07:18am Posted by Eli

No way!

Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush’s two winning presidential campaigns, is resigning.

In an interview published today in The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Rove said, “I just think it’s time,” adding, “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 said he had first considered leaving a year ago but stayed after his party lost the crucial midterm elections last fall, putting Congress in Democratic hands, and Mr. Bush’s problems mounted in Iraq and in his pursuit of a new immigration policy.

He said his hand was forced when the White House chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, recently told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day they would be expected to stay through the rest of Mr. Bush’s term.


“He’s been talking with the president for a long time – about a year, regarding when might be good to go,” said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman. “But there’s always a big project to work on, and his strategic abilities – and our need for his support – kept him here.” Ms. Perino said Mr. Rove would leave at the end of August.

Wow. Just… wow. I wonder if it’s just burnout – God knows, I’m sure Karl has never had to deal with this kind of full-time damage control before – or if this is yet another instance of someone resigning before an investigation zeroes in on them.

It’ll be interesting to see what changes. I’m guessing it won’t have any effect on policy, since that’s still in the hand of ideological morons, but we’ll see if the White House’s spin capabilities diminish, like they did when Rove was distracted or sidelined by illness and the Libby investigation.

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