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Get out the tiny violin for Rove

This lead graph in Time’s article, “A White House Without Rove?”, really makes you want to shed a tear…NOT.

He’s weary. his wife and only child, who is approaching college, miss him. He has monstrous legal bills. His unique bond with the President is under stress. His most important work is done.

Yeah, his work is done, alright. He’s helped his [insert substance here]-addled President do more damage to this country’s standing in the world community and create economic chaos domestically than any political svengali in memory. He’s one of a kind, and the faster he’s out of the White House, the better– though seeing him in a perp walk and mug shot will be more satisfying (along with a spilling of the beans in a trial). I don’t know if we’ll see either.

With Turdblossom distracted lately, we’re seeing a preview of how the White House will function without Karl’s golden touch, and it ain’t pretty. But it looks like the trial balloon is floating out there about Karl’s departure, because they know the questions about him will never end

Everyone knows he’s the brain behind all of this (along with Cheney), and it’s clear now that Rove may not get get a chance to bone up for all those ethics refresher classes Harriet Miers will be serving up for the Bushies…

Karl Rove’s colleagues don’t know exactly when it will happen, but they are already laying out the reasons they will give for the departure of the man President George W. Bush dubbed the architect. A Roveless Bush seemed unthinkable just a few months ago. But that has changed as the President’s senior adviser and deputy chief of staff remains embroiled in the CIA leak scandal.

Despite Rove’s flashes of ebullience in recent days and the insistence of friends that he is out of legal jeopardy, several of the most important lawyers who deal with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald said they saw more clues last week that Fitzgerald is continuing to look into the possibility of charging Rove with lying to investigators or the grand jury or both. If that happens, Rove almost certainly would resign immediately, as did I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, when Libby was indicted two weeks ago.

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