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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Be careful what you wish for ...

For six-and-a-half long years, the Democrats have been wanting one man to leave the white House. Well, aside from the president that many of them still believe was "selected, not elected." (Gosh, you have to love the Democrats little rhyming mantras that make no sense.) No, I'm talking about Karl Rove, eminent Republican "Sith Lord" and resident Democrat boogeyman:

Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, marking a turning point for the Bush presidency.

Mr. Rove's departure removes one of the White House's most polarizing figures, and perhaps signals the effective end of the lame duck administration's role in shaping major domestic policy decisions, where the former Texas political consultant was a driving force. Mr. Rove revealed his plans in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

Mr. Rove, who has held senior posts in the White House since President Bush took office in January 2001, told Mr. Gigot he first floated the idea of leaving a year ago. But he delayed his departure as, first, Democrats took Congress, and then as the White House tackled debates on immigration and Iraq, he said. He said he decided to leave after White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day they would be obliged to remain through the end of the president's term in January 2009.

"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.

Before the Left starts celebrating, they ought to know that just about every top-tier candidate within the GOP will be bending Rove's ear for advice. Likewise, if Democrats think that Bush won't be talking to Rove still, think again. Once an advisor, always an advisor. He will still have the ability to speak to President Bush, and if necessary, offer his input. And frankly, after navigating the croc-infested swamps of DC for six-and-a-half years, who can blame him for wanting to go back home and be with his family?

Maybe he'll pen a memoir where he explains how he did it. He can explain (using one syllable words for the Left) how he was able to not only get one of the most reviled enemies of the Left to win the nomination, and two subsequent elections; additionally, he could explain to them how to win in congress, which he did three times. I'm not saying that the Democrats don't know how to do it, but those that were swept into office in 2006 campaigned as conservative Democrats, and quickly dropped that facade when they reached the Capitol. (About the only thing we can commend the Blue Dogs on is their stance with the war. They have been the ones confounding their caucus the most on that issue.)

The man is a political genius. A couple people have tried comparisons to great sports figures. Karl Rove is the Bobby Orr of politics. He can do it all, score when it's needed, and he puts it all on the line to bring home the coveted prize. Meanwhile his polar opposite, Bob Shrum, is like Curtis Joseph -- plenty of talent, but he's never won the big game. That is what Karl Rove brings to the field of play, and that's why Democrats hate him so. He promises and he delivers. And, he does it all with a smile on his face.

Which is how he's leaving the white House. He's not leaving in disgrace. He's not being "frog-marched" out in handcuffs. Hell, he's not even parting on bad terms. He is leaving while he is still on top. That speaks volumes for the poise and class the man has. Oh sure, the Left will celebrate and high-five one another until one of their own pipes up that they didn't drive him from the job. they didn't get him fired. They didn't bust him. He's leaving because he wants to. Also, it would be difficult for him to offer any sort of advice to possible candidates as long as he is still in the White House.

We'll miss him. It was fun watching him confound and befuddle the Left for so long. And lest the Left breathe a sigh of relief, they shouldn't. Their boogeyman is leaving. When the president continues to outmaneuver the Left in his remaining seventeen months, who will they blame? Oh, that's right. They still have Cheney to point fingers at.

Publius II


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