08/16/2007 10:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rove Did in the Light What Few Do in the Dark

Only if the president himself had resigned would the headlines have been bigger. White House aide Karl Rove's announcement that he was leaving at the end of August was covered live, including the tears caught in the throat, the presidential hug at the end.

As the tributes piled up during the day, I felt bad about having once called Rove a "thug,'' a word I've not used before or since. Was it time to take it back?

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