Saturday, November 18, 2006

Rumors about Rove's departure

Think Progress quotes the White House Bulletin (subscription required):

The rumors that chief White House political architect Karl Rove will leave sometime next year are being bolstered with new insider reports that his partisan style is a hurdle to President Bush’s new push for bipartisanship. “Karl represents the old style and he’s got to go if the Democrats are going to believe Bush’s talk of getting along,” said a key Bush advisor.

Other elements are also at play: The election yesterday of Sen. Trent Lott to the number two GOP leadership position in the Senate is also a threat to the White House and Rove, who worked against him when he battled to save his majority leader’s job after his insensitive remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond.

And insiders report that Bush counsel Harriet Miers isn’t a fan, believing that Rove didn’t do enough to help her failed Supreme Court nomination among conservatives. In fact, one top West Wing advisor said that the unexpected ouster of Rove aide Susan Ralston over ethics questions was orchestrated by Miers as a signal to Rove to leave. The advisor said that Rove is aware of the situation and that a departure might come in “weeks, not months.” A Rove ally, however, noted that he has a record of out-witting his critics.

Atrios is skeptical. I wouldn't be too surprised either way, but I have no inside info. This administration is already running around like a headless duck.


Blogger Heraldblog said...

Any perceived efforts at bipartisanship will start out as cosmetic. We've already seen that with Rummy's departure. Rove's ouster will also be cosmetic, and change very little. Remember, Bush acts from "principle" - there is no reason for that to change.

8:27 AM, November 18, 2006  

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