In an interveiw with the Wall Street Journal that comes out today, Karl Rove announced he wil be leaving his position as advisor to the president at the end of the month.
Although he claimed he is doing it for his family (doesn't everyone say that), he also hinted at some other reasons, saying he wanted to leave on his own terms. Perhaps meaning that he survived the CIA leak investigation without being driven from office. Staffers were told if they stayed past Labor Day, they'd have to stay until the end of the president's term.
He left with some predictions for politics through the 2008 elections:
- Bush's ratings would rise as we see more success in Iraq
- Clinton, a "tough, tenacious, totally flawed candidate" will win the primary
- Republicans should focus more on economic issues as the election approaches
Rove has been an aide and advisor to Bush since he ran for governor of Texas in 1993.
Although he attended 4 colleges, Rove never received his degree; he left college to work for the Republican party and on the campaigns of many candidates including: Bush Sr, Phil Gramm and Ronald Reagan. In the Bush White House he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and as head of the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives. He is seen as one of the architects of the neocon agenda and was involved in serveral controversies including the disclosure of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, the aggressive funding of Republican candidates, the firing of several US attorneys, and potentially illegal wiretapping. However, he has rarely had to testify on these issues and has never been found guilty of wrongdoing.