Karl Rove Is Leaving the White House

The big news this morning is that Karl Rove, the long-time adviser to President Bush, will be leaving his post as White House deputy chief of staff at the end of August. Rove decided to leave this month after hearing Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten tell White House senior aides that they would need to stay through the rest of the President’s term in office if they did not leave before Labor Day.

“I just think it’s time,” Rove told The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot in an interview. As is often the case with leaders who step down, “spending more time with family” has been cited as one of the main reasons.

Karl Rove will no doubt be sorely missed by his fellow staff members within the White House and by Republican strategists inside the Beltway. On the other hand, Washington Democrats will be practically giddy over the fact that “Bush’s Brain” has gone back to Texas. Most of the rest of us though, who don’t fully realize the influence that Rove has had in this administration, really won’t care one way or another.


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