Rove Canned in Church: Book

Bush gave 'brain' the boot during Sunday service
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 1:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – After riding to prominence on prophesies of a permanent Republican majority, Karl Rove ultimately learned of his White House excommunication in church, a new book reveals. President Bush gave his longtime adviser his pink slip in the pews, telling Rove last summer, “there’s too much heat on you. It’s time for you to go.”

The Examiner suggests that Bush’s choice of a venue to let Rove go—Rove's own church—might even be connected to the bad temper former Time reporter Paul Alexander documents in Machiavelli's Shadow. Said GOP strategist Ed Rollins by way of eulogy, “Karl Rove will be a name that'll be used for a long, long time as an example of how not to do it.”