Rove met Bush in the early 1970s, when both men were in their 20s. Once inside the White House, Rove grew into a right-hand man. Rove, the deputy White House chief of staff, has been the president's political guru for years and worked with Bush since he first ran for governor of Texas in 1993. Rove under fire for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name but he was never charged with any crime. That investigation led to the conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on charges of lying and obstructing justice. Attorneys for Libby told jurors at the onset of his trial that Libby was the victim of a conspiracy to protect Rove. Testimony on Rove came from columnist Robert Novak, who outed Plame in a July 2003 column. He testified that Rove, a frequent source, was one of two officials who told him about Plame. Libby, with whom he seldom spoke, was not a source. In a more recent controversy, Rove, using "executive privilege",(Chaney's favorite excuse) has refused to testify before Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys. One would think with a year to go Rove can't stick it out with his Homey GW.As far as I read he has no health issues with himself or other family members.Citing he wants to be with his family(mind you his kid is in college)or maybe he doesn't want to continue his dirty politics another year and drive another nailed in the coffin of the GOP for 2008. How many more pillars can GW afford to lose before his house comes tumbling down. There is a fine line between genius and insanity. To put the whole matter in lighter terms Pinky and the brain one of them a genius the other insane! I thought they where inseperatable.