Only a controversial figure who also happens to be a master media manipulator would have the savvy to bury news coverage of his divorce by scheduling it to coincide with the Christmas week news brownout.
Last week Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s former brain, did just that. He got divorced practically in secret:
No one reported on the divorce until it had already been granted, which indicates the court file must have been sealed for some reason. I’ve seen no indication that anyone in the press has even seen the divorce complaint. It isn’t even clear who filed for divorce — Rove or his wife, Darby?
But why would Rove be so desperate to deflect coverage of his divorce?
Gawker suggests that with Darby out of the way, Rove “can finally gay marry Jeff Gannon, in Argentina.”
Gannon was the fake reporter who was mysteriously given a pass to sit in on White House press briefings and ask right-wing softball questions for two years. He was eventually unmasked as a Republican plant — which would have been filed away as business as usual for the Bushies, except that this plant had a second career as a male prostitute whose nom de ho was Bulldog.
Folks in the know point to this bit of history from 2005:
[When] Jeff Gannon, White House “reporter” for Talon “News,” was unmasked last week, the leap to a possible Rove connection was unavoidable. Gannon says that he met Rove only once, at a White House Christmas party, and Gannon is kind of small potatoes for Rove at this point in his career.
But Rove’s dominance of White House and Republican politics, Gannon’s aggressively partisan work and the ease with which he got day passes for the White House press room the past two years make it hard to believe that he wasn’t at least implicitly sanctioned by the “boy genius.” Rove, who rarely gave on-the-record interviews to the MSM (mainstream media), had time to talk to GOPUSA, which owns Talon.
It happens that this is Rove’s second divorce. Plus, Rove’s father was gay. And the timing is interesting. Washington, D.C., has legalized gay marriage, pending approval of the Democrats in Congress.
In right-wing circles, where rumors harden into facts at their first exposure to air — where, to cite just one example, Pres. Obama is a socialist-fascist Muslim who was born in Kenya and/or Indonesia — there is enough here to qualify as a “solid rumor” that Rove is secretly gay and has left his wife for a famous erstwhile male escort.
It is also apt that Rove specialized in creating whispering campaigns, the most famous being the rumor that spread like wildfire among racist Republicans (redundant, sorry) in South Carolina just before the 2000 primary vote that John McCain, George Bush’s Republican opponent, was the father of a black child.
Where there is smoke there is fire, or so they say, and with all these stories floating around, Rove needs to step up and come clean about his relationship with this former prostitute. He should avoid the mistake of letting the story fester on the Internet as Glenn Beck has done by refusing to discuss his role in the rape and murder of a young girl in 1990.
Update March 1, 2010 The original site presenting the iron-clad rumor that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 is gone. Try this one instead.