For fans of accountability this comes as immensely unsatisfying. Rove was repeatedly implicated in overseeing the misapplication of executive power and general misconduct under the law that has come to characterize the Bush administration. His resignation has been offered in a manner that admits no wrongdoing.
BBC News, August 13th:
Mr Rove told the Wall Street Journal that he had first floated the idea of leaving last year, but had delayed his departure when the Democrats took control of Congress. He said he took a final decision to leave after White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten told aides that if they stayed after the end of August they would be obliged to stay in the administration until Mr Bush’s own departure in January 2009.
“There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family,” he said.
I’ll leave you with perhaps one of his most dignified moments.