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, is resigning, the White House confirmed today.
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.”
While it would be fun to speculate on some nefarious wrong-doing that is just about to catch up with Mr. Rove and forcing him back to Texas only a scant few steps ahead of the law, the real reason is probably much more prosaic: It's election season. Dubya isn't running for anything, Darth Cheney isn't running for anything, so it's time for Turd Blossom to hang a shingle and pimp himself out (to mix a metaphor). I'm sure every GOP candidate running for president right now will stop to chat in the coming months and, if they can't convince him to work for a campaign, try to wrestle some pearls of wisdom from his demented mind.
As an interesting side note, some have noted that the exclusive interview that made the announcement was given to the Wall Street Journal -- soon to be Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal. Begun, it has, this media synergy.