Why Karl Rove is homophobic
James Moore, co-author of "Bush's Brain" and a new book, "The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power," has revealed the reason why Rove is homophobic: Rove’s stepfather was gay.
Moore says that in 1969, when Karl was a senior in high school, his stepfather, Louis Rove, informed Karl’s mother that he was gay, was coming out of the closet, and wanted a divorce. Louis had landed a job in Los Angeles and the whole family was supposed to move there with him at the end of the year, but instead, Louis moved there by himself.
“After he retired from his job in LA,” Moore says, “Louis 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.’”
Moore suggests that Karl Rove’s homophobia may be a product of repression and self-loathing, or that Rove has a desire to get back at his father for leaving his mother when he “chose” to be gay. It’s also possible, Moore says, that "Rove is fighting his own homoerotic impulses," which are evident in his description of George Bush when he first met him:
"I can literally remember what he was wearing: an Air National Guard flight jacket, cowboy boots, complete with the - in Texas you see it a lot - one of the back pockets will have a circle worn in the pocket from where you carry your tin of snuff, your tin of tobacco. He was exuding more charisma than any one individual should be allowed to have."
It should be nobody’s business but Rove’s what his sexual hangups and preferences are, but as Moore says, Rove is driving an agenda that is “making life even more difficult for millions of Americans dealing with their sexuality. They are being discriminated against for the way they were born in the same manner as were African-Americans when their rights were also disputed by conservatives.” And that's what makes Rove’s personal life a public affair: he promotes policies that invade the privacy of gay and lesbian Americans while covering up his own background.
It’s time for Rove’s hypocrisy to come out of the closet.