According to this WSJ article, Karl Rove is resigning his post at the end of this month. It’s a sad day for Republicans.

Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page.

Many are throwing pitchforks at him because of 2006 but I’d say that Rove’s election record prior to that was pretty amazing. He engineered an unimaginable electoral victory in 2002. He masterminded President Bush’s re-election campaign. So impressive was Mr. Rove that Dick Morris once said about the race between President Bush and Sen. Kerry that it was like watching a checkers player (Sen. Kerry) play against a chess grand master (Rove). Coming from someone who worked with Bill Clinton, that’s indeed high praise.

Here’s some analysis that I don’t think Democrats will like:

Mr. Rove also said he expects the president’s approval rating to rise again, and that conditions in Iraq will improve as the U.S. military surge continues. He said he expects Democrats to be divided this fall in the battle over warrantless wiretapping, while the budget battle, and a series of presidential vetoes, should help Republicans gain an edge on spending restraint and taxes.

I totally agree with Rove’s analysis. The FISA debate already has the Nutroots furious at Pelosi Inc. The surge is working, which is painting Democrats into a corner in terms of options. Finally, a series of presidential vetoes will cause commotion and confusion in Washington this fall. Democrats will want to fight but Republicans will be energized by President Bush’s vetoes.

Finally, what I’ll recall most about Mr. Rove is that he had a great mind in terms of how policies affected politics. The man is a wonk but he’s also got a great political mind. That’s a rare combination, which is why he’s so revered within the Bush administration.

Another noteworthy Rove accomplishment is his designing the current GOP GOTV model. Following the 2000 election, President Bush told Rove to put together a plan that would bring victory in 2004. Rove first tested the plan in Georgia in 2002, then unleashed it to the world in 2004. Bush’s talk about tax cuts, killing terrorists and nominating sane judges rightfully get most of the credit for Bush’s victory but only a fool would think that it was accident that Bush’s vote total jumped by almost 23 percent. That’s a pretty efficient GOTV model, one which will stand the test of time.

I hope at some time that Rove returns to politics, especially as chairman of the RNC. I’d hate to think that we’ve seen the last of Mr. Rove’s high-profile activism.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

9 Responses to “A Giant Exits The Stage”

  • Ramdu says:

    A giant turd blossom has left the stage.

  • JD says:

    Democrats are irrelevant. Conservative majority forever!

    http://hostilethoughts.blogspot.com/

  • tommo says:

    Yes, we will miss all Rove’s lies, smearing, screwing the Constitution, doing whatever it took to win. I love that “ends justify the means” approach. Ethics, morals, integrity, forget it. What are they compared to Power?

    Rove should be in Gotmo, like so many corrupt and traiterous Repiglicants.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Yes, we will miss all Rove’s lies, smearing, screwing the Constitution, doing whatever it took to win. I love that “ends justify the means” approach. Ethics, morals, integrity, forget it. What are they compared to Power?

    Rove should be in Gitmo, like so many corrupt and traitorous Repiglicants.

    Grow up. If there’s anyone that shouldn’t complain about corruption or traitorous behavior, it’s Democrats who won’t tell John Murtha to resign after accusing the Haditha Marines of “killing innocent civilians in cold blood.”

    Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial & due process rights? I’ve documented Murtha’s violating each of those constitutional guarantees.
    You can’t even prove that Rove did anything illegal. Shame on you.

    You’ve simply assumed the fact that he’s done something illegal because you don’t like the fact that Bush won.

    Guess what??? That isn’t proof. That’s wild speculation at best.

  • ibfamous says:

    are you guys the only ones in the world who don’t know what “wants to spend more time with his family” means?

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