Karl Rove is leaving the White House. Not a real surprise: one of the few devices available to a lame-duck President to produce a stir is playing musical chairs with personnel, so Mr. Rove's departure is timely in that sense. Mr. Rove leaves a winner: he won two presidential elections, avoided Fitzmas, and he now has one of the most valuable gongs in American political life -- Mr. Rove's now a "former Presidential advisor" and "ex-White House official" who can ride those appellations to talk shows, the speech circuit and publication of his memoirs (soon to be in the pulp-rack at a Half Price Books near you).
Besides, Mr. Rove should still be available for duties as Bush family consigliere, off stage.
Seeing that Mr. Rove's departure leaves Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the only lightning-rod around (albeit one that is twisting in the wind), the President needs to hire a new bad (or badder) cop, pronto.