So Karl Rove gets divorced (for the second time) and announces it through former White House press secretary and apparently now official Rove spokesperson Dana “Once a Bushie, Always a Bushie” Perino. I guess she remains true to her word, as it looks like this is the only job she can find as a permanent “Bushie?” Whatever.
“Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week. The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment, and the family requests that its privacy be respected.”
OK, just a couple ironies to consider here. First of all, never mind that Rove once said this about Perino and her British husband’s own marriage:
Karl Rove, Bush’s former senior adviser, believes Englishmen have all the luck. “What has Peter got that the average American male like me doesn’t have? An accent? That’s not fair. One of our great American treasures has been taken by the British.”
But that’s beside the point.
The hypocrisy in this is twofold. First, the obvious one is that everyone is talking about Rove’s views on gay marriage. He has spent years working for the party that does whatever it can to deny other people’s rights when it comes to gay marriage, and condemns homosexuality, except for Cheney’s own daughter, of course.
The second irony is the last line in the statement:
“….the family requests that its privacy be respected.”
Really? We are supposed to respect Karl Rove’s privacy? I know there’s some discussion on this that we all take the high road and do just that, but I’m not so sure that he deserves that privacy, and here’s why.
A man who spent years not only denying the rights of anyone else to marry whoever they wish, but trampling over most of our civil rights as Americans, not to mention spying on us along with everything else the Bush Administration got away with for the last eight years, comes down from his imaginary pedestal and asks that we respect HIS privacy while announcing his latest divorce? That he would assume that the entire free world even cares about his private life is amusing in itself. I don’t really care about it and I’m sure the majority of Americans don’t either. In fact, may I be so bold as to say that, had he not announced it, we probably would have all continued living a perfectly normal life without the benefit of his “news flash.” But HE may the announcement, and apparently thinks others need to know this information.
So considering all of these factors, I think that if anyone out there really wants to delve into his privacy for whatever reason they may have, is he really so deserving of privacy, or scrutiny about his own professed sanctity of marriage? It’s tempting to say to anyone who really cares to, hey knock yourself out and have at it.
Does someone like Karl Rove really deserve the respect for privacy that he would presume to deny the rest of us?