America at Night Files


Karl Rove Starts Young

After the Watergate break-in, it was revealed that Republican covert political operatives called their extensive sabotage activities against the Democrats "ratfucking," and that the chief ratfucker was Donald Segretti. The 1973 Washington Post story shown below reports that then Republican National Committee chairman George H.W. Bush had reopened an investigation into allegations that Karl Rove, then 23 years old and a protégé of Segretti, had taught political espionage and dirty tricks to college Republican organizations in 1971 and 1972. Rove would go on to greatness as the architect of George W. Bush's 2000 and 2004 presidential election victories.