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Brain Surgery?

Is Turd blossom about to be flushed? Signs point to the handle jiggling.
Karl Rove, President Bush's longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

Mr. Rove, who has held a senior post in the White House since President Bush took office in January 2001, told Mr. Gigot he first floated the idea of leaving a year ago. But he delayed his departure as, first, Democrats took Congress, and then as the White House tackled debates on immigration and Iraq, he said. He said he decided to leave after White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten told senior aides that if they stayed past Labor Day they would be obliged to remain through the end of the president's term in January 2009.

Karl says he's doing it for the sake of his family but the cynic in me wonders if there isn't something big coming down the pike and Bush's Brain wants to slink off before the subpoenas and inherent contempt citations start flying.

Update: More reactions via Meme.

(Filed at State of the Day)