The general consensus is that, title change notwithstanding, Rove will retain his big-dog status at the White House. Even so, having been asked to relinquish part of his official portfolio in a move that some folks might perceive as a demotion is unlikely to sit well with Bush's Brain. If I were a Democratic strategist, I'd be awfully uneasy at the thought of a brassed off Rove with extra time on his hands and a driving need to salvage his rep and cement his legacy with a big win in November. If you thought his winged monkeys played rough in past elections, just wait.

--Michelle 

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