It\ufffds 7:58 a.m. Eastern time, and Karl Rove\ufffds exit from the White House emerged several hours ago in a Wall Street Journal column titled \ufffd\ufffdThe Mark of Rove.\ufffd\ufffd
In confirming the exit, Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said it was not clear how he would be replaced. \ufffdIt\ufffds a big loss to us,\ufffd she said. If anyone on the White House staff is irreplaceable, it would be the man described in The New York Times this morning as \ufffdthe midwife of Mr. Bush\ufffds political persona itself.\ufffd
Wow, this is big news. I can see two real possibilities. First, Cheney might have pushed him out, making the argument that they don't need to be worried about political opinion now they need to focus on what they can do in their remaining time in office. Second, Rove may be leaving to join another campaign. Either way it bears watching.