Karl Rove (born December 25, 1950) is a has-been 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.
By 2012, Rove had reinvented himself with funding by Las Vegas casino billionaires for Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads. Rove married for the third time and was flown on his honeymoon in a private jet owned by a Las Vegas casino mogul.
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 started his political career early, attending the University of Utah 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.