Democrats cheer Rove's exit


Summary

Mr Rove was the latest key aide to leave President George W Bush's side, reflecting the US leader's waning powers in the twilight of his second term.

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The architect of Bush's 2000 and 2004 election triumphs, and the Republican rout in 2002 congressional polls, said he would quit as deputy White House chief of staff on August 31, and hailed his boss' "far-sighted courage".

'Good riddance'

Democrats, who avenged their string of defeats to Rove only by seizing control of both chambers of Congress last year, cheered his departure.

"Goodbye, good riddance," said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in a terse statement.

Another 2008 Democratic hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, was also scathing.

"Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory," he said.

'Bush's brain'

Mr Rove masterminded Bush victories by appealing to conservatives and disdaining conventional wisdom that US elections were won from the centre.

But he failed in his ultimate political ambition of piecing together an enduring conservative ruling majority.

Mr Rove, dubbed by some critics as "Bush's brain" and ribbed by the president as "boy genius," had been expected to stay until Mr Bush leaves office in January 2009.

Election speculation

There is speculation of a possible Mr Rove move to one of the 2008 campaigns of Republicans vying to succeed Mr Bush.

But he told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Texas he would play no official role in 2008, adding that the Senate subpoena had no influence on his decision to leave.

Mr Rove will now be absent from the next White House's political battle with Congress, expected in September when the top US general and diplomat in Iraq deliver a progress report on Bush's war strategy.

Leak claims

With Mr Bush since his days as Texas governor in the 1990s, Mr Rove has been under fire since 2003, when retired US diplomat Joseph Wilson claimed he had illegally leaked the name of his wife, a covert CIA employee, to the media, to punish his opposition to the Iraq war.

Mr Rove was never charged but Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury.


Mr Rove was the latest key aide to leave President George W Bush's side, reflecting the US leader's waning powers in the twilight of his second term.

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The architect of Bush's 2000 and 2004 election triumphs, and the Republican rout in 2002 congressional polls, said he would quit as deputy White House chief of staff on August 31, and hailed his boss' "far-sighted courage".

'Good riddance'

Democrats, who avenged their string of defeats to Rove only by seizing control of both chambers of Congress last year, cheered his departure.

"Goodbye, good riddance," said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in a terse statement.

Another 2008 Democratic hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, was also scathing.

"Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory," he said.

'Bush's brain'

Mr Rove masterminded Bush victories by appealing to conservatives and disdaining conventional wisdom that US elections were won from the centre.

But he failed in his ultimate political ambition of piecing together an enduring conservative ruling majority.

Mr Rove, dubbed by some critics as "Bush's brain" and ribbed by the president as "boy genius," had been expected to stay until Mr Bush leaves office in January 2009.

Election speculation

There is speculation of a possible Mr Rove move to one of the 2008 campaigns of Republicans vying to succeed Mr Bush.

But he told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Texas he would play no official role in 2008, adding that the Senate subpoena had no influence on his decision to leave.

Mr Rove will now be absent from the next White House's political battle with Congress, expected in September when the top US general and diplomat in Iraq deliver a progress report on Bush's war strategy.

Leak claims

With Mr Bush since his days as Texas governor in the 1990s, Mr Rove has been under fire since 2003, when retired US diplomat Joseph Wilson claimed he had illegally leaked the name of his wife, a covert CIA employee, to the media, to punish his opposition to the Iraq war.

Mr Rove was never charged but Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury.