Just when you think Karl Rove couldn't get any douchier, he goes and raises the bar. In a recent Today Show interview with Matt Lauer to promote Rove's new book, the former presidential adviser claims that he had no clue his father was gay. Maybe the 37 cock piercings made of solid gold could have given pause, but if not, Karl was the only one.
Louis Rove moved to Palm Springs and befriended other retired gay men. He drank and socialized at the Rainbow Cactus and the Martini Burger and became part of a group of gay men who referred to themselves as "The Old Farts Club." According to his close friend of many years, retired insurance executive Joseph Koons, Louis Rove was one of the best people he knew and that both Louis and his son Karl were comfortable with the father's sexual orientation.
The zealousness with which Rove and [outed former RNC Chairman Ken] Mehlman pursue an anti-gay agenda for political utility suggests more than just an ambition to win elections. Students of Freud might be able to artfully deconstruct their behavior but even lay analysts can see a bit of repression and self-loathing at work. Maybe Rove has a desire to get back at his father for leaving his mother when he "chose" to be gay.
Rove left his father's funeral and promptly put in place a plan for the Republicans to win massive majorities by fueling anti-gay sentiments. He was the mastermind behind the push for a federal anti-marriage amendment.
Video of the interview and a picture of Louis Rove's pierced penis from a 1983 cover of Piercing Fans International Quarterly after the jump.