The party used to listen to rove, but most of them have zoomed well past him to the twilight zone of the far, far right.
rove denies being behind the ad, but defends it as “effective because it was factual.”
How far have we come from 2004, when rove exploited this issue to boost turnout for George W. Bush.
"to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s (earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random," late 15c.); possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from Middle English raven, probably from Old Norse rafa "to wander, rove" (cf. rave (v.)). Influenced by rover, if not a back-formation from it. Related: Roved; roving.