Rove, Karl Christian
Special adviser to President Bush from 2001 and assistant to the president, deputy chief of staff, and senior adviser from 2005, Rove was regarded as one of the main architects of the Republicans' national ascendancy in the early 21st cent. Capable of skillfully blending politics and government policy to win elections and maintain governing coalitions, Rove also has a reputation for unscrupulous campaigning that dates to his 1973 College Republicans campaign. As President Bush's popularity waned in 2006, Rove relinquished his role as policy adviser to concentrate on political matters. The Republicans' reversals in the 2006 midterm elections diminished Rove's reputation as a canny political operative, but he continued to serve in the White House until 2007. He subsequently worked as a political commentator and columnist as well as continuing his involvement in Republican politics. Rove is also the author of The Triumph of William McKinley (2016), a book about the 1896 presidential election.
See his memoir, Courage and Consequence (2010); L. Dubose and J. Reid, Boy Genius (2003); J. C. Moore and W. Slater, Bush's Brain (2003).
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