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August 29, 2007 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
Karl Rove, the canny and controversial presidential advisor who will be leaving the White House at the end of the week, may have more enemies than anybody in Washington. He also may have more nicknames. George Bush calls him "boy genius." Critics of the administration have often described him as "Bush's brain." But the name that has really stuck with Rove over the years is "the architect."
August 23, 2007
Re "Clinton may be a target of Rove's reverse psychology," Aug. 19 This headline should have read perverse psychology. Karen Wiechman Los Angeles -- Karl Rove has not resigned. He's as much at the tiller of the Republican smear machine as ever, and his latest potshot aimed at Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is proof. That tearful exhibition of leave-taking from his official role as advisor, complete with encomiums from George Bush, was an egregious sham -- we all know Rove isn't going anywhere.
August 19, 2007 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Day after day last week, outgoing White House political strategist Karl Rove delivered slashing attacks on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner. Her healthcare record was "spotty and poor," he declared. Her candidacy was "fatally flawed," he said. And no one with her negative poll numbers, he stated, "has ever won the presidency."
August 15, 2007 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
Not to be "ungenerous or self-centered," said White House Counselor Ed Gillespie, but he thinks some people overestimate Karl Rove's importance. After all, Gillespie pointed out, during the 2004 presidential campaign he headed the Republican National Committee, the heart of the party's operations.
August 15, 2007 | Hillel Italie, Associated Press
NEW YORK -- In announcing that he was stepping down as President Bush's top political advisor, Karl Rove said Monday that he wanted to write a book about his White House years. Publishers, with some reservations, would like to see what he has in mind.
August 15, 2007 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
It was fitting that White House political guru Karl Rove announced his resignation this week in an interview on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, the premier bulletin board for the conservative movement. Speaking to conservatives has been the centerpiece of Rove's distinctive political vision. That was its great strength -- and its fatal weakness. Under Rove and President Bush, Republican policy and legislative and electoral strategies intertwined.
August 14, 2007 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
In nearly a decade as the guiding political strategist for George W. Bush and the Republican Party, Karl Rove was often hailed as a genius. He masterminded Bush's rise to national prominence, directed his two winning presidential campaigns and wrote a campaign playbook for GOP success in Congress and statehouses across the country.
August 14, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
washington -- President Bush will finish his final 17 months in office without his political guru and alter ego, Karl Rove, who announced Monday that he would leave the administration at the end of the month. Rove, who has worked on Bush's political campaigns for 15 years, is the last Texan in the president's inner circle to leave the White House -- and the president -- behind.
August 14, 2007 | JONAH GOLDBERG
There's an old maxim that if Napoleon had been struck by a cannon ball on his way toward Moscow, he would be remembered as an unrivaled military genius and liberator. But Napoleon overstayed history's welcome and was treated harshly for it, first by the Russians and Mother Nature, then by his own people and, ultimately, by the historians. In this and other respects, Karl Rove strikes me as a Napoleonic figure. He won an impressive string of campaigns.
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