The New York Times article continues:
In an interview published this morning 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.”Rove not only was the mastermind behind Bush's "selection" as President back in 2000, but he also had a hand in CIA operative leak that led to Scooter Libby's conviction for perjury, the firing of the 9 federal prosecutors, the War in Iraq, and a being a thorn in the side of Democrats for the better part of the last decade.
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.
plez sez: all is right in the world, i am really glad that karl rove is gone. somehow he weaseled out of testifying before Congress in the CIA leak and helped offer up scooter libby as the scapegoat in that case.
in addition, he had a hand in Bush taking over as President, even though Al Gore won the election in 2000! he can't be the friend of anyone who cherishes democracy (i know, i know, our system is not really a democracy, but that's just mincing words). rove represents everything that is WRONG with politics: the desire to win for the sake of winning, without any real desire to make the government/world better than when you showed up (Hillary Clinton, are you listening?).
i'm glad that he's leaving, but i do have a small amount of respect for the man: he was able to hoodwink an entire country into thinking that we'd be better off with george bush as president. he is obviously a genius... well, i guess an evil genius.
photo above: i found that picture somewhere on the Internet and to the best of my knowledge, Karl Rove has not been arrested for crimes that he's committed while working in the George W. Bush White House.