Karl Rove Has ‘No Idea If My Father Was Gay,’ So Stop Perseucting Him About It

It’s well accepted in certain circles that family values defender and newly divorced Karl Rove is a horse’s ass, but he has a new memoir out, called Courage and Consequence, so it’s time to get personal with him. Like how his stepfather Louis was supposedly a giant ‘mo, and how Rove’s face gets red with fury when you try to bring it up.

Lest anyone try to use Louis’ rumored-about sexuality to smear Karl!

“The attack dog rears his head, however, when Rove deals with questions about his stepfather’s sexual orientation,” writes Steven Levingston. “He blasts journalists for raising the issue at all — in his eyes it’s purely a liberal gambit to criticize him for his views on homosexuality. Rove launches a well-honed rebuttal — a skill learned long ago, no doubt, on the high school debate team — that comes across as part analysis and part dismissal. ‘Could Dad have been gay?’ he asks, acknowledging that his stepfather had gay friends and volunteered at an AIDS project. ‘To this day, I have no idea if my father was gay. And, frankly, I don’t care. He was my father, with whom I had a wonderful relationship and whom I loved deeply.’”

Now someone ask Rove about gay marriage. He loves that one.

UPDATE: Video from Today has Rove talking about how he learned he was adopted. Around the 3:00 mark, he talks about Louis’ gay rumors. “In order to get to me people had to say ugly things about my parents.” We’ll agree with him on one thing: “Our families shouldn’t be used as convenient targets to shoot at to get at people in politics.” Unless anti-gay persons abuse those families to retreat behind their bigotry.

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  • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

    He doesn’t know whether is father was gay and yet he knew, positively, where all the weapons of mass destruction were?


  • terrwill

    It would not suprise me in the least if Like Father like son applies here…………

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones


    If you read the article posted at Raw Story about the book, you’ll see this:

    In the book, Koons recounts how he [Karl Rove] and the elder Rove began to cruise the scene in Palm Springs, looking to make friends with older gay men, eventually forming a social club they dubbed the “Old Farts Club.”

    “The men met every Friday, usually at the Rainbow Cactus Restaurant or the Martinie Burger, to eat, drink, and socialize,” of the book says.

    So, you’re probably right. Now, Karl is divorced, clearly following in his father’s footsteps.

  • Cam

    Yeah, he had such a wonderful relationship that he didn’t know a large portion of his fathers life….real family vaules there Karl.

  • Hyhybt

    Does anybody here know how to go about ‘perseucting’ someone?

  • romeo

    After all he’s done, Rove better get out while the getting is good. He was clever enough at getting support and votes out of a certain lower order of constituency, but that’s not going to hold the more that is revealed about him. He’s helped do some very bad things. As I said, he was clever enough, but he doesn’t seem to have very good instincts about his future.

  • Brian En Guarde

    It is always other people’s families with these conservative tools. When it is his gay dad, it’s — oh, I don’t want to talk about that. But he sure can talk about removing dad’s civil rights! That talk is just fucking fine with him. Send other people’s children to die in foreign wars not in the defense of this country, take away a chance for affordable health care from other people’s families. Him and his narcissism and that of his fellow douchebags is sickening.

  • Michael

    He’s a “horse’s ass”? Please, don’t insult horses.

    Does Rove also talk in his book about winning the presidency of the College Young Republicans by smearing his opponent as gay? [That opponent, Terry Dolan, was, in fact, a heinous, publicly closeted fag Repug who would go on to driving some great liberal Senators out of politics but that’s beside the point.]

    Does Rove write about spreading rumors that Texas Gov. Ann Richards was gay in order to put Shrub in the governor’s mansion?

    Does Rove write about exploiting fear of marriage equality to help get Shrub “reelected” in 2004 which also resulted in several states amending their constitutions to ban it?

    Whatever Rove’s own orientation is, he is a card carrying fascist who has literal as well as constitutional blood on his hands and upon whose house a plague should fall.

  • romeo

    Rove has some powerful enemies, and, his friends now have their own asses to worry about. You wonder if he even realizes the changes that are going to take place in the next few years. And I’m not talking about the gay stuff. That’s the least of his worries.

  • tavdy79

    Rove is the kind of person who makes me hope there really is a Hell.

  • Lukas P.

    So, Karl Rove describes other people’s statements about his step-dad’s being gay as being “ugly things”?

    The ugly thing here is Karl’s attitude toward the man who raised him. Maybe he has “no idea” if Dad was gay because that’s too “ugly” for Karl to contemplate?
    Gee, Karl, is it too difficult to imagine that your Dad liked having sex with men?

    Rove’s record as gay-baiting other politicians is loathsome. His tenure in politics was full of lies and half truths. His comments about the guy who brought him up really are a new low — even for him.

  • Rob Moore

    @terrwill: I don’t won’t someone who is as spiritually butt-ugly as Karl Rove associated with gay people. The Log Cabin queers are hard enough to handle.

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