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Observers predicting Rove may join Thompson campaign
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Monday August 13, 2007


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Hours after Karl Rove announced he would leave the White House, political observers began predicting where the political guru would next work his magic.

Speculation centered on Fred Thompson's campaign, which observers said would be a logical next step for "Bush's brain." Rove was the mastermind behind President Bush's two successful White House runs.

"What did surprise me was that several of my colleagues -- who know this administration better than me -- believe Rove is done for good," wrote Sharon Gigsby at a Dallas Morning News blog. "I still wouldn't be surprised to find him in the Fred Thompson campaign. Maybe taking him on would be a death wish by a GOP candidate ... but Rove has a knack for getting out of tight spots and re-emerging in an even better place."

Fox news hosts and reporters also discussed the possibility of a Rove-Thompson team-up before the 2008 campaign.

Callers to the Fox News Radio program "Brian and The Judge" were predicting 9-to-1 that Rove would join Thompson's team, Judge Andrew Napolitano said in a televised interview.

"We heard Thompson," Napolitano said. "The timing is perfect, because Thompson's about to announce in early September, and Rove will be gone in late August."

Later in the day, Fox News reporter Carl Cameron, who is covering the presidential campaign, told viewers that Rove met with Thompson's former campaign chief of staff two weeks ago and also has spoken to advisers with other campaigns.

Thompson's campaign already counts among its advisers Tim Griffin, a former Rove protege who also played a role in the US Attorney-firing scandal.

Rove has not indicated whether he plans to continue in politics. He told the Wall Street Journal that he is considering writing a book and wants to spend more time with his family. But speaking to reporters outside the White House Monday, Rove promised to remain as the president's "fierce and committed advocate."

The following video is from Fox's Fox News Live, broadcast on August 13.