Chicken Dance Time! Rove is Leaving

As Karl Rove leaves the White House to spend more time with his family and work on his memoir, we can’t help but say, “We knew it!”

The timing is suspect, coming just as the Democrats in Congress are really digging in to how the White House has been run, possibly even finally getting at those deleted emails.

The line that was deleted in later versions: “He’s been talking with the president for a long time, about a year, regarding when might be good to go,” Perino said.

This is the quote you’re seeing in all the stories concerning the “why now” aspect of Rove’s departure:

“I just think it’s time,” Rove told the Wall Street Journal. “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.”

But look at how the earlier versions quoted White House deputy spokestool Dana Perino when she made the happy announcement.

“He’s been talking with the president for a long time, about a year, regarding when might be good to go,” Perino said. “But there’s always a big project to work on, and his strategic abilities, and our need for his support, kept him here. He said there’s never a good time to leave, just the ‘right’ time.”

He’s been talking to the president for about a year? My bet is he’s been talking to president about it since last November, when Rove proved dead wrong on the midterm elections. I think he was a hair away from following Donald Rumsfeld out the door back then and has been on thin ice ever since, as Scooter Libby was convicted and as the Alberto Gonzalez scandal continues to grow.

Of course, no matter when Rove leaves, we’re just thanking God and Greyhound that he’s going.


  • August 13, 2007 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    Although there is probably a lot more to this story than meets the eye, I will take it at face value. Karl Rove leaving? I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Greg Bacon
    August 13, 2007 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Don’t get too excited over Herr Rove officially leaving the WH.

    My guess is that, like the vampires of old, Rove will sneak back into the WH at night and whisper sweet nothings into the Smirking Idiot Chimp’s ears (After all, WH visitor logs now are deemed part of national security and not for viewing, so who will know different?

    Remember when people were raising hell about the TIA spy program?

    It was “officially” disbanded, but came back in various forms.

    GW ain’t about to let a hate-monger like Rove get too far away.

    The Repubicans need his not so unique brand of fear and hate mongering to keep the lumpen proletariat at bay.

  • Alice nuffer
    August 14, 2007 - 4:32 am | Permalink

    Something is fishy! Spend more time with family?? The snake doesn’t know what family means. He has destroyed more families and people’s careers than his mentor, Lee Atwater! May they both roast in hell! I do believe somebody has something really good on the snake boy! Let’s see what shakes out!!!

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