... Howell is one of a group of admakers, strategists and direct-mailers who learned the craft from the architect of George W. Bush’s White House and are now shaping some of the hottest races of 2006. Some are in Texas, making money as consultants; some are in Washington, toiling inside the administration or the party. Most of them will be in contact with Rove as Election Day draws near. None can match their mentor’s talent; armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of electoral history, Rove combines a strategic vision for his party with a ruthless will to win. But as his time in the West Wing draws to a close, Rove leaves a legacy well beyond the White Houseחin the next generation that he’s nurtured, and the campaigning style they share.