It's official, Karl Rove will be leaving the White House at the end of September, according to an interview he gave with the Wall Street Journal (why the Wall Street Journal? How come not the Washington Journal or Fox News?) This is something that a lot of us have wanted for some time...say seven years or so. I would have hoped he would be exiting the White House for federal prison, but we can all dream, can't we?
Here's the thing, though. Rove is leaving at a strange time. I don't mean strange like the country is mired in an unpopular and ultimately doomed war (that he was an architect of), or that he has been under public scrutiny for his lies and illegal use of executive power. I mean strange like...why now? Why not at the end of 2007? There's some story that the White House Chief of staff told all of Bush's aides that if they stayed past Labor Day, they should expect to stay through the end of the term. Who tells Karl Rove what to do? Maybe Cheney, but that's about it.
So that leads me to fear for the worst. Does Rove know something, and doesn't want to be there when the shit goes down? If Rove is bailing, you know it has to be bad.