I agree with you Phil, but I’m suprised nonetheless. I’ve always assumed Rove would stay on til the end. Congressional Democrats will probably step up efforts to subpoena him, hoping that the administration’s executive privilege claims will be on weaker grounds when involving an ex-staffer. But my guess is that Rove, like Karen Hughes during her time back in Texas, is going to remain influential behind the scenes.
UPDATE: Coincidentally, Josh Green has a piece on Rove in the Atlantic asking what’s so brainy about Bush’s brain (sorry, behind subscriber wall). The Atlantic: taking the bloom off senior White House aides, one aide at a time. Or something.