The AP has the first blurbs I've seen from a new Karl Rove book, and it seems he's quite strongly in the latter category.
Rove depicts Bush as a courageous and resolute leader whose conduct in office was forever shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks. He calls Bush's achievements over two terms "impressive, durable and significant" and says many of the controversies that weakened his presidency were falsehoods perpetuated by political opponents.
(PS. It even spins in the headline. The headline is, "Rove admits to error on Iraq as Bush strategist," but the "error" he cites is not confronting Bush critics hard enough.
Not exactly what I had in mind.)