I have been cogitating on the Why. Why is Karl Rove leaving the White House now? Why so abruptly? The "spend more time with the family" line is so old it is an insult that he even used it. There is the line that he was following Josh Bolton's rules that "if you are on the staff in September you have to stay the rest of the term." As if. Since when is Bolton the boss of Karl Rove? Unless Rove retires to Upper Volta he is not going to escape Congressional subpoenas.
Perhaps money. It is possible Rove wants to earn legal defense cash on the rubber chicken speakers circuit before he is indicted for his various crimes. Rupert Murdoch will certainly offer $50 million for Rove to write a book that won't even make good toilet paper.
He is not going to run some other Republican's presidential campaign. Even among Republicans Rove's name is poison. He is not going to be granted a professorship at some college. He doesn't even hold a bachelor's degree; even Bob Jones University has some standards. Harper's Magazine, via DailyKos, speculates that Rove is caught up in a legal case in Alabama that is about to blow back on Rove with hurricane force. One can only hope that is true.
It is out of character for Rove to abandon Bush mid-term. It is as likely as Bush's right leg detaching itself and walking off by itself. There is something more afoot, here. Perhaps he is leaving so he can become the Bush scapegoat. That would be in character. Deliberately leaving so that he can take on all of the sins of the Bush Administration would seem heroic in is little mind. Perhaps.
I shall continue to ruminate on this but not to the point that I neglect attacking Bush. In the end only Bush is responsible for Bush. Rove is a meaningless little rodent.