Marriage Warrior Karl Rove Gets a Divorce
Karl Rove, the architect behind using gay marriage as a wedge issue to drive the Christian right to the polls, has just gotten a divorce in Texas, ending his 24-year marriage.
No one should really be surprised by the hypocrisy, especially because Rove himself is apparently not devoutly Christian, he simply specialized in playing to those who were. Nor is it surprising that for all of gay marriage opponents’ talk of how it will destroy “traditional” marriage, Rove didn’t seem to have much respect for families to begin with. A former Rove staffer told The New Republic about Rove’s tactic of painting one political opponent as a pedophile:
“It was our standard practice to use the University of Alabama Law School to disseminate whisper-campaign information,” the staffer went on. “That was a major device we used for the transmission of this stuff. The students at the law school are from all over the state, and that’s one of the ways that Karl got the information out—he knew the law students would take it back to their home towns and it would get out.” This would create the impression that the lie was in fact common knowledge across the state. “What Rove does,” says Joe Perkins, “is try to make something so bad for a family that the candidate will not subject the family to the hardship. Mark is not your typical Alabama macho, beer-drinkin’, tobacco-chewin’, pickup-drivin’ kind of guy. He is a small, well-groomed, well-educated family man, and what they tried to do was make him look like a homosexual pedophile. That was really, really hard to take.”
As Salon’s Glenn Greenwald pointed out today on Twitter, Rove was happy to take advantage of Texas’s “loose, un-Christian no-fault divorce law” despite having railed against gay marriage precisely because it is not traditional or Christian.
Look, Karl Rove, when your colleague Dick Cheney is the enlightened one on a particular issue, you know you’re more than a little ass-backward.