Bush Loses Brain

Top strategist Rove says he'll step down at end of month
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 13, 2007 5:11 AM CDT
President Bush, left, walks with his Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, center, and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Candi Wolff, right , Thursday, July 26, 2007, as he leaves the White...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush's most controversial political strategist, Karl Rove, will leave his White House deputy chief of staff position at the end of the month, the Wall Street Journal reports. "I just think it's time," said Rove, who has worked with Bush since 1993. "As much as I'd like to be here, I've got to do this for the sake of my family."

The White House said the move is not related to the ongoing congressional investigations in which Rove's been implicated, the Washington Post reports, and as expected, the man Bush calls "the architect" isn't going quietly: He told the Journal he expects the 2008 Democratic nominee to be Hillary Clinton, whom he described as "a fatally flawed candidate."