Fox News has made it official. They’ve signed Karl Rove to provide political analysis for the conservative and often controversial news outlet until 2016. Some doubted that Rove would be asked to return after his meltdown in November 2012, election eve. Many recall his insistence that Ohio had not been won by President Obama, thereby clinching the entire race. A few weeks later it was announced the he would be benched, along with fellow Fox pal, Dick Morris.
This is not the first time that Rove becomes embroiled in controversy only to comes back a short time later with barely a scratch. In September 2012, Rove made a macabre comment that was not taken with the ‘humor’ he supposedly intended. In response to GOP leaders’ heated discussion on handling Todd Akin (R-MO) — who had made the devastating statement about legitimate rape — Rove responded:
“We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”
Just a month before Rove got into hot water with the IRS. A report by the government’s Congressional Research Service called into question campaign ads put out by Rove’s super PACs, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS. The report questioned the non-profit status of the organization due to its activity being mainly directed at political ads. Despite this serious misstep, the organization and Rove came out unscathed.
And as far back as 2005 and 2006 Rove was in the thick of a scandal involving the firing of U.S. attorneys based on their political affiliation and activity. An investigation into the incident showed that Rove directed his staff to fire then New Mexico U.S. Attorney, David Iglesias. He was fired for essentially refusing to use his office to assist in political activities. In other words, he was fired for following the law. The result – Rove was excused and continued his work on the campaign.
I could go on and on about Rove’s missteps, mistakes, and statements misspoken, but you get the idea. One has to wonder why people and organizations continue to ask Karl Rove to assist them, knowing that wherever he goes he gets in trouble. Every time he’s involved, everyone around him gets burned. Who knows? Perhaps the move by Fox News to retain Rove will be the final act that finally brings both of them down. Let’s hope if that happens there’s no movement underneath the ashes.