Here is a Monday morning surprise courtesy of the White House. Karl Rove, the chief political adviser to President George W. Bush and a lightning rod for Democrats, has announced he will leave the White House at the end of this month.
"I just think it's time," Rove said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, adding that he was "resigning" to spend more time with his family.
Rove was nicknamed "the architect" and engineered President Bush's election and re-election campaigns. He is credited with popularizing the current Republican brand of wedge issues such as terrorism, immigration and gay rights. At this time last year, a biography revealed Rove's step-father divorced his mother and lived the rest of his adult life as an openly gay man. Rove's mother later committed suicide.
Rove leaves the White House after the Republican Party's disastrous showing in the mid-term elections, the President's unpopularity hovering around 65 or 70 percent, a highly unpopular war, and, diminished GOP prospects for 2008. Rove was one of two senior Administration officials who leaked the name of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame in order to discredit opposition to the planned Iraq War.
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