Shake-Up At The White House

President Bush and his Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, right, walk from the White House, July 14, 2005. In the ongoing shakeup of Bush's staff, longtime confidant and adviser Karl Rove is giving up oversight of policy development. AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Before Democrats break open the champagne, a word of caution.

Karl Rove has been demoted at the White House and no longer is the architect designing policy strategies for President Bush. And yes, there is a possibility that his office space will change. A note about that: Especially in the White House, the No. 1 rule of real estate absolutely applies — location, location, location. So the architect gets a new office, and maybe he doesn't have the access he's accustomed to. What does this all mean?

It's hard not to suggest that the White House is admitting that all is not as it should be.

A long time ago the Reagan White House was struggling in its second term. Long-time Sen. Howard Baker took over as Chief of Staff and turned things around. Had he not come in and shaken things up, one wonders what Reagan's legacy would have been.


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