If his attempt to hipsterize his image by appearing on an upcoming episode of Family Guy wasn’t enough of a clue of Karl Rove’s shift into singledom, his Twitter status should have been the give away today–Karl Rove was soliciting for names and addresses so he could mail out free autographed bookplates…Mmmhmmm, right.
And now all of his fans have his PO box adddress so they can send him salacious semi-nude, draped in the flag photos and invitations to private tea baggings parties, followed by rousing games of Elephant in the Room, a neo-con version of Truth or Dare-meets-Twister.
Oh shed a tear for family values, for Karl Rove is just like many Americans: He is divorced. This is Rove’s second divorce; his first marriage, to Houston socialite Valerie Mather Wainwright, ended in 1980. His latest ex-wife–and if Rove is anything like Gingrich, she wont be his last–is Darby Rove, a graphic artist who worked for Karl’s political direct-mail business before they were married in 1986. Their son Andrew is 20, and according to reports in the New York Times they all spent Christmas together.
That’s a healthy model for divorce, but note that by waiting until Andrew was over 18, Karl won’t have to pay child support. Texas is a community property state, meaning that if the parties can’t reach a settlement, everything is split 50/50 by the court. An equal split is not mandatory in a community proprty state; it’s the default. Spousal support is on a case by case basis.
The divorce, granted last week, was kept well below the radar, and Rove’s spokesthing Dana Perino said:
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.
So will Rove be playing the roving bachelor at Rush Limbaugh’s July 4th wedding? I mean if you’re going to be a single conservative, that’s the place to be! You know how frisky folks can get at a wedding! Will Karl start dating Ann Coulter? Is he secretly sending mash notes to Michele Bachmann or perhaps some other winsome members? Or maybe Bristol Palin is more his fancy….