White House deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove is resigning effective August 31:
Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.
"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.
Mr. Rove has advised Mr. Bush for more than a decade, working with him closely since Mr. Bush first announced he was running for governor of Texas in 1993 and serving as chief strategist in his presidential campaign in 2000. Before joining the White House, he was president of Karl Rove & Company, the Austin, Texas-based public affairs firm he founded. Mr. Rove first became involved in Republican politics in the 1970s.
In the interview, Rove predicted President Bush's poll numbers would rise and that the Democrats would nominate a " tough, tenacious, fatally flawed candidate" by the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton".
Rove has been demonized by the left continuously since Bush was first elected President. It was even suggested by Walter Cronkite, on Larry King Live, that Rove "set up" Osama bin Laden to release a video just prior to the 2004 election:
What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing. The advantage to the Republican side is to get rid of, as a principal subject of the campaigns right now, get rid of the whole problem of the al Qaqaa explosive dump. Right now, that, the last couple of days, has, I think, upset the Republican campaign.
The Democrats surely thought they had finally found a way to get rid of Karl Rove in the Valerie Plame "leak" case, demanding that President Bush fire him in 2005. There must have been much gnashing of teeth and crying in beer when Richard Armitage was revealed as the "leaker". Not to be deterred, the Democrats demanded again:
Congressional committees are now demanding the testimony of President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, in the burgeoning investigation into the reasons behind the unusual firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.
He has since been issued a subpoena by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Another witch hunt.
They won't have Rove to kick around much longer, what on earth will they do?
Good job, Mr. Rove. Thanks and best of luck.