ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The next phase in the conspiracy.....

From Reuters:

Bush press secretary quits, Rove ends policy role
By Steve Holland2 hours, 38 minutes ago

White House press secretary Scott McClellan announced his resignation on Wednesday and political adviser Karl Rove gave up his policy role in a shake-up of President George W. Bush's senior aides.

The moves were part of an effort by new White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, who started his job last weekend, to help Bush rebound from sagging poll numbers and bolster American confidence in his leadership.

"I have given it my all, sir," McClellan told Bush outside the White House before a group of reporters.

One of a group of Texans brought to the White House by Bush, McClellan said he would stay on over the next two or three weeks to allow time for a transition to his successor, who has not yet been named.

Administration officials said Rove would give up his policy development duties in order to focus more on political affairs, as Republicans try to hang on to control of both houses of Congress in the November mid-term elections.

Rove, another Texas insider, has been keeping a low profile while still remaining under investigation in a special prosecutor's probe into the leak of a CIA officer's identity in 2003.

Rove has been deputy White House chief of staff for policy development and Bush's top political adviser. His policy role will be taken over by Joel Kaplan, currently the deputy White House budget director, two administration officials said.

"This lifts a burden off of Karl," a top White House official said.

McClellan, 38, has been in the job more than 2-1/2 years. He has been one of the most visible faces of the Bush administration and replacing him will give the president the chance to put a fresh face on his White House.

"Change can be helpful," McClellan said. He said he was ready to move on and suggested he would end up back in Texas before Bush gets there at the end of his term.

"I don't know whether or not the press corps realizes it, but his is a challenging assignment dealing with you all on a regular basis. And I thought he handled his assignment with class and integrity," Bush said.

He added: "It's going to be hard to replace Scott, but nevertheless he's made the decision, and I accept it."

(Additional reporting by Patricia Wilson and Caren Bohan)

I'm sorry to see McClellan go. How anyone can be effective with this current White House Press Corps is beyond me.

I love the parts about Rove though. I'm sure there is a DU thread right now talking about what a spanking this is for Rove, and how he's sure to be indicted (any minute now) and frogmarched, etc.

But looking at his strengths, why would you ever put Rove in charge of policy development? He's a political guru. Knows the ins and outs of politics, where the head counts are, memorized the districts, knows effective strategy for voter turnout, etc. Why waste that talent, coming up with how Social Security is going to be fixed?

So, just over 6 months from the next election, a White House that has not been playing the political game very well, has its star manager back in the game directing things. I think the odds of a Dem takeover in the house just dropped 5 points. Place your bets on Tradesports now, ladies and gentlemen.

And as an aside. May I make a suggestion for replacement of Scott as Press Secratary? How about this man? I hear rumblings in the press that he should resign his current job, maybe the press would rather have him answering their questions as White House Press Secretary.

It would be worth it just to see Helen's head explode.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Comments (2)
St Wendeler said...

Rummy as Press Sec'y would be unbelievable... you could just see the Wash press corp flip out for a solid month.

RE DemocraticUnderground, here are the relevant posts... discussing the fact that Rove's new replacement was involved in "installing" bush in 2000... b/c he was one of the guys that wanted a public counting of the ballots.

Monterey John said...

Let the games begin!