Rove resigned in August 2007. Somewhat surprisingly, he gave the reason for leaving as "To spend more time with my family." As this phrase is political code for, "I don't want to tell you why I left," it has left the door open for some speculation about the real reasons for his departure.
Like many of those in the upper echelon of the Bush Administration, Turdblossom seems to exhibit a level of entitlement and self-esteem that rivals that of the College of Cardinals. The fact that he was born on Christmas Day is probably just a coincidence.
For some crazy reason, Newsweek magazine decided to give Turdblossom his own column and Fox News has retained him as a political commentator. Seems some people do want to hear from a very successful swindler.
 Bush's brain (so to speak)
Rove was noted for initiating faux grassroots PAC groups that coincidentally appeared at the right moment to help Bush during his campaign. Manipulating these groups like puppets, Rove trashed Texas Governor Ann Richards, and war heroes Georgia Senator Max Cleland, Arizona Senator John McCain, and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, culminated in Rove's master stroke of the fake Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, detailed in books titled Bush's Brain.
On 29 December 2009, Rove's "family spokesperson" Dana Perino announced the "amicable" divorce of Rove and his wife of 24 years. This was the second divorce for the defender of marriage. The mainstream media all but ignored the announcement, but the radar of liberal bloggers switched full on. First question: How did the Roves keep their impending divorce secret until after it was granted? The only answer is that the court records were sealed. Which prompts a more urgent question: Why seal the records?
One theory is that Turdblossom was about to join the ranks of Really embarrassing conservatives. Ever since conservative "journalist" Jeff Gannon was outed (in more ways than one), people have noticed how "close" he was to the rampantly homophobic Turdblossom. Within days of the announcement, liberals began speculating that some of those five million—out of 22 million missing—recovered Bush Administration e-mails might contain communiques between Rove and Gannon that were—shall we say—of a more personal nature. It makes you wonder what an IM exchange between these two would be like:
Rove: Oh, Jeff. You're all ripply and muscly and tan like a statue of Adonis come to life.Or maybe it's best not to wonder about such things.
Gannon: Oh, Karl. You're all bald and squishy and pale like a jellyfish dying on the beach.
Rove: It's true, you scamp!
Gannon: Tee hee!
It has been speculated that Rove's disagreeable demeanor may be a product of his having been bullied while at school; i.e. it is something of a pyschological rule-of-thumb that victims of bullies become bullies themselves.
 Pop culture
Pop culture typically depicts Turdblossom as a first-level douchebag (The Salvation War being a prime example) or as a guy who loves manipulating politics of any kind through lies (American Dad).
 Criticism of reality
He is widely held to be the anonymous Bush aide who criticized the "reality-based community".
 See also
- ↑ Dubya actually gave him that nickname.
- ↑ High schooler spars with Rove over gay marriage. Think Progress
- ↑ Moore, James. Smear Artist. 2004-08-28
- ↑ The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power; Moore & Slater; (2007) ISBN 978-0307237934
- ↑ Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential; Moore & Slater; (2004) ISBN 978-0471471400
- ↑ Rove Exposed: How Bush's Brain Fooled America by James Moore and Wayne Slater; Moore & Slater; (2005) ISBN 978-0471787082
- ↑ Fueling the speculation that the records are sealed is the question of what day the divorce became final. The best date the Huffington Post could come up with was "sometime last week."
- ↑ Roberts, Joel. "Rove-Gannon Clonnection?", CBS News website, 18 February 2005, accessed 5 January 2010.
- ↑ Shuler, Roger. " What's the Real Story Behind Karl Rove's Divorce?", OpEdNews website, 31 December 2009, accessed 5 January 2010.