Karl Rove

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Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is an American political consultant, and (as of 2005) U.S. President George W. Bush's senior advisor and chief political strategist. On February 8, 2005, Rove was appointed deputy chief of staff in charge of policy.


  • As people do better, they start voting like Republicans...unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.
  • We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him!
  • Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
  • I think it was Osama bin Laden’s [idea to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq].
    • Mount Union Theater, Ohio, April 18, 2007 [2]
  • We face a brutal enemy who will kill the innocent for one purpose and that is to gain control of the Middle East and to use the leverage of oil to bring down the West, and to attack us again.
  • Just get me a fucking faith-based thing. Got it?
    • Rove to then second-in-command of President Bush’s Office on Faith-Based Initiatives David Kuo, as reported in Kuo's book "Tempting Faith"[3]
  • Once again the powers of light and good have triumphed over the media!


  • Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Sen. Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.
  • Somebody gets to be smart and somebody gets to be dumb. If we win, it'll be because of the president. And if we lose, it'll be because of me.
  • Would you be more or less likely to vote for Governor Richards if you knew her staff is dominated by lesbians?
    • Push-polling question ascribed to Rove during Texas gubernatorial campaign

About Karl Rove

  • "The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore." He continued "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."
    • Ron Suskind, New York Times Magazine (October 17, 2004). The unidentified aide is widely said to be Karl Rove.[1]
  • All politicians operate within an Orwellian nimbus where words don't mean what they normally mean, but Rovism posits that there is no objective, verifiable reality at all. Reality is what you say it is, ...
    • Neal Gabler, Los Angeles Times; October 25, 2004 [4]
  • He (Rove) is way beyond anything Nixon had at his disposal. He is closer to a behind-the-scenes Nixon operator named Murray Chotiner, who could cut off an opponent at the knees so quickly the person did not immediately realize he had been crippled. As I note in the book, the first time I heard the name Karl Rove was when I was asked if I knew anything about him by one of the Watergate special prosecutors who was investigating campaign dirty tricks. I didn't have any knowledge. But I recalled that question when working on this book, and located a memorandum in the files of the Watergate prosecutor's office that indicates they were asking others as well about Rove. Based on my review of the files, it appears the Watergate prosecutors were interested in Rove's activities in 1972, but because they had bigger fish to fry they did not aggressively investigate him.
  • Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plame's identity on July 11, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson was in the news that week. I didn't know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove, and he said that she worked at the Agency and worked on WMD.
    • Matthew Cooper, former Time reporter, Sunday, August 19, 2007, Meet the Press [6]


  1. Danner, Mark (2007). "Words in a Time of War: On Rhetoric, Truth and Power", András Szántó What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics, First edition, 17, Philadelphia, PA: PublicAffairs Reports. "... the unnamed official speaking to Suskind is widely known to be none other than the self-same architect of the aircraft-carrier moment, Karl Rove ..."

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