Sadly, Mr. Rove's resignation comes some seven years too late. I guess better late than never, but this man has been the architect of so much slime and dirty politics that I find him amoral at best. He has consistently demonstrated that no lie or subterfuge is too great if he thinks it will help foster his political agenda. Gays have been particularly targeted by this porcine hate monger. The irony, of course, is that his goal was to make the GOP the permanent majority party and now, if things continue to play out badly in Iraq, in the US credit and mortgage markets, etc., Rove and the Chimperator may instead make the GOP the permanent minority party. I continue to hope that the Democrats do not manage to somehow snatch defeat from what should be a victory in 2008. In my view, nothing short of a political massacre of the GOP will lead to the permanent discrediting of Rove/Bush and the politics of hate and division that have been their hallmark. Here's some highlights from 365gay.com's story that looks at Rove as well as some of the sleaze bag members of the GOP he was in league with:
(Washington) Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political strategist and the man regarded as the architect of the use of LGBT civil rights as a wedge issue in campaigns, plans to leave the White House at the end of August. Rove is a personal friend of Bush's and has been at his side for most of the president's political life. He is said to have been a master of political intrigue and dirty tricks.
A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's name. But he was never charged with any crime. He is reported to have first begun running anti-gay attacks for the Bush gubernatorial campaign in Texas during the mid-1990s.
During the 2004 presidential campaign, it was Rove who closely coordinated White House meetings with two leading anti-gay advocates - the Family Research Council and Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family on issues including a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
In the summer of 2004, Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, told reporters that the White House was encouraging Republicans in the state to support an anti-marriage amendment to the Ohio state constitution. According to Blackwell, White House political aides, including Rove, argued that supporting such amendments would benefit turnout for the Republican ticket.
Karl Rove was an architect of a political strategy that has left the country more divided, the special interests more powerful, and the American people more shut out from their government than any time in memory," said Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
"Mr. Roves apparent attempts to manipulate elections and push out prosecutors citing bogus claims of voter fraud shows corruption of federal law enforcement for partisan political purposes, and the Senate Judiciary Committee will continue its investigation into this serious issue," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.
Again, I say good riddance!