In a surprise announcement, the Bush administration is losing a key member of their team.
Karl Rove, the political mastermind behind President Bush's races for the White House and an adviser with unparalleled influence over the past 6 1/2 turbulent years, announced his resignation Monday, ending a partnership stretching back more than three decades.
It was a major loss for Bush as he heads into the twilight of his presidency, battered in the polls, facing a hostile Democratic Congress and waging an unpopular war. A half dozen other senior advisers have left in recent months, forcing the White House to rebuild its staff at the same time the president is running out of influence.
"I'll be on the road behind you here in a little bit," said a rueful Bush, announcing the departure alongside Rove on the White House South Lawn. Bush leaves office Jan. 20, 2009.
Naturally, many Democrats conveyed the proverbial “don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out” sentiment.
A sample of some of the reactions to the Rove resignation:
"Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory." - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
So invading Pakistan will somehow unify the country?
"Mr. Rove's apparent attempts to manipulate elections and push out prosecutors citing bogus claims of voter fraud shows corruption of federal law enforcement for partisan political purposes, and the Senate Judiciary Committee will continue its investigation into this serious issue. ... There is a cloud over this White House, and a gathering storm." - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., committee chairman.
Bogus claims of voter fraud? See: Democrats (Florida 2000 & Ohio 2004).
"Karl Rove's resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush administration's betrayal of the identity of a covert CIA officer. ... Rove, identified by the prosecutors as one of the leakers, not only was not summarily dismissed, but has been allowed to leave on his own terms, to praise from the president." - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, whose wife, Valerie Plame, was the CIA officer whose name was disclosed.
The same Joseph Wilson who has been confirmed a liar, but has been allowed to perpetually spew falsehoods on his own terms, to praise from the mainstream media.
"It's a tragedy that an administration that promised to unite Americans has instead left us more divided than ever before. Without doubt the architect of that political strategy was Karl Rove, who proved the politics of division may win some elections but cannot govern America." - Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Winning elections but not governing America? Sounds like the slogan of the 2006 Congressional Democrat candidates.
"Goodbye, good riddance." - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
Coincidentally, that is the exact same phrase Edwards heard from Sen. John Kerry on November 3, 2004.
"The need for Karl Rove to explain his role in the firing of the U.S. Attorneys does not diminish when he leaves the White House. Our investigation to date has revealed the White House's contempt for the rule of law and its interest in the politicization of the Department of Justice." - Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., House Judiciary Committee chairman.
And your innumerable “investigations” have earned you and your Democrat colleagues the title of the ultimate “Do-Nothing Congress”….which, come to think of it, isn’t a bad thing.
"Now is the time for the country to put the politics of division behind it." - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.
So you’re relinquishing your candidacy for President?