Karl Rove, Top Strategist, Is Leaving the White House
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 — Karl Rove, the political adviser who masterminded President George W. Bush’s two winning presidential campaigns and secured his own place in history as a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the White House, announced on Monday that he would resign at the end of the month.
In an unusually emotional appearance with President Bush on the South Lawn of the White House, Mr. Rove cited a desire to “start thinking about the next chapter in our family’s life.” His decision was also forced when the White House chief of staff, Joshua B. Bolten, recently told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day he would expect them to stay through the remaining 17 months of Mr. Bush’s term.
What to make of that? A fatal fall-out with the boss? A reaction to Bolten and not able to bear another 17 months twisting in the wind? A Republican candidate he wants to guide?
Stay tuned. Leaving will make him much more vulnerable to congressional subpoena.