Rove is not a conservative; he's a Republican. Big difference these days, when we're trying to drag the Party, and the country, back to the Right, particularly through the Tea Party candidates, which he has done his best to sink any chance he gets. It's through his PAC that many of the EGOP incumbents are supported instead of the more conservative challenger, and, because of that, I have to wonder how many he managed to sink while GW was still in office that we weren't dialed in on then.
I believe it was Rove who advocated not answering to the media's lies and misrepresentations, viewing all that as "just distractions", while the press and the Democrats had many a field day spreading their poison, a great deal of which, since it wasn't repudiated then, still circulates today.
There is much about which we're never really going to know the truth, but it is also my belief that Rove was the public face of Bush's push for bestowing amnesty on millions of illegals, something a better advisor would have discouraged.
Rove was also a chief Palin-basher because she threatened the EGOP applecart. Say what you want about Palin, she did not deserve the trashing she received from "the Architect".
So, yes; I despise him and everything for which he maybe, might, lemme see what day it is, stand.