The resignation of Karl Rove has left George Bush facing an agonisingly slow conclusion to a disastrous second term. While his first four years were graced with high favourability ratings in the wake of 9/11 and the 'successful' War on Iraq, His administration has been faltering since re-election.
The repeated departures of high level advisers and the resurgence in the democratic party during last years mid-term elections has been topped off by the resignation of Rove - the brains of the operation.
With regard to Rove himself, the question I have is how he is able to resign in his own time, when he could (should) arguably be in prison, having admitted telling journalists about the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Five appearances before a grand jury followed, however he avoided charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
A democrat guilty of same would no doubt be branded unpatriotic and left to rot in a prison cell for the same crime. But let's look on the bright side. Whatever happens in next year's election, Bush will be out and the whole world can heave a collective sigh of relief.