Rove will stay, but will he be the same?

Insight, the magazine of the Washington Times, reports on how the relationship between Bush and Rove has changed -- and why Rove will stick around.

Alex Koppelman
November 15, 2006 6:00AM (UTC)

Say what you will about the Washington Times -- and there's certainly plenty to say -- but as a Republican house organ, it does maintain some very good sources within the party. Right now, those sources are saying life inside the White House is going to be different for "the Architect," Karl Rove.

"Sources said Mr. Bush was unhappy with the failure of Mr. Rove's election strategy, which focused on national security," Insight, the Times' sister online magazine, reported. "They said the GOP defeat would probably lead to a different relationship between the two men.


"For his part, the president appeared to blame Mr. Rove for the Republican Party's election strategy, based on the notion that there would not be a significant swing vote."

At the same time, the magazine reports that Rove isn't likely to leave the administration anytime soon; both men reportedly want to stay together. But as if that weren't enough, Insight says there's one other factor: One source tells the magazine that "[Rove] knows too much. The last thing the president wants is another published memoir and book tour of life inside the White House."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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