Yeah, these people are always leaving for the “sake” of their families. This is for Rove’s own sake, judging by the 24th, 25th, and 26th paragraphs of an April 20 Washington Post story, “Senators Chastise Gonzales at Hearing,” which starts out like this:
Way down in the story are the three paragraphs crucial to understanding the gripes of wrath that are causing Rove to hitch up the wagons for a westward trek:
Gonzales said he made the final decision to approve the firings but took the recommendations of his assistants without closely reviewing their reasons for dismissing each prosecutor. He said his former chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, was in charge of the details and updated him only occasionally on his progress. The attorney general said he made a mistake by not being more closely involved in the process.
Gonzales confirmed statements by Sampson that presidential adviser Karl Rove passed along GOP complaints to Gonzales last fall about the alleged lack of aggressiveness by [David C. Iglesias of New Mexico] and two other U.S. attorneys in prosecuting voter fraud. Gonzales said he passed on the complaints to Sampson, who at some point in the same time period placed Iglesias on the firing list.
The attorney general said he could not remember a similar conversation on Oct. 11 with Bush, who has publicly confirmed the discussion.
Rove says “there’s always something that keeps you here,” referring to D.C. In this case, it’s the flood of requests that he come to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the U.S. attorney firings.
Moving to Texas will make serving him with subpoenas more difficult. Don’t think for a minute that he’ll stop doing at least some of Bush’s thinking.
But Rove’s usefulness to Dick Cheney‘s Bush regime is really over. He miraculously brought the regime a second term, but he couldn’t pull off the 2006 mid-term elections, and the big problem is the Iraq war.
Thirty-five years ago, when he was a College Republicans operative being interviewed by Dan Rather, Rove proudly showed off his “Generation of Peace” bumper sticker brainstorm while working for Richard Nixon‘s re-election.
Shades of 2004, when Rove helped the Bush regime pull off a miracle.
But Iraq is too much of a debacle, and the time for bumper stickers is past. The only thing Rove could do in this war would be to don a uniform, fly to Baghdead, and lead a surge. That’s unlikely.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 13, 2007