Karl Rove (born December 25, 1950) is a RINO Backer known for losing the Congress to a Democrat takeover in 2006 and pursuing policies that resulted in the Republican Party to suffer landslide defeats in the 2008 elections. For an encore, perhaps to cater to socially liberal donors to his Super PAC, in August 2012 Rove made vicious remarks against conservative Todd Akin in an unsuccessful attempt to force him to give up his nomination for the U.S. Senate. Furthering Rove's downward spiral, less than 2% of candidates backed by Rove's Super PACs succeeded in the 2012 General Election. Since leaving the White House in 2007, Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.
By 2012, Rove had reinvented himself with funding by Las Vegas casino billionaires for Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads and its sister Super PAC, "American Crossroads GPS". Rove married for the third time and was flown on his honeymoon in a private jet owned by a Las Vegas casino mogul. This resulted in his being satirized by Stephen Colbert as "Ham Rove" the political consultant to the Colbert SuperPAC.
Rove was the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Bush administration. Rove's longtime partnership with George W. Bush dates back to Bush's terms as governor of Texas. Rove ran all of Bush's campaigns for governor and for president. Rove was credited as the "architect" of these elections.
Rove started his political career early, attending the University of Utah but dropping out in July 1971 to work in the College Republican National Committee. Often called "the brains behind Bush" or "the Architect," Rove is credited as the chief architect of the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.
On August 13, 2007, the Wall Street Journal published an interview with Rove in which he announced that he would be resigning from his position of deputy Chief of Staff at the end of the month. Rove explained the move as motivated by his dedication to his family.
- The Colbert Report (December 13, 2012). Retrieved on January 8, 2015.