Karl Rove Twitters his South Texas hunting trip
Stephen C. Webster
Published: Thursday February 12, 2009

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Even under Congressional subpoena, former presidential political adviser Karl Rove still manages to find a little time for rest and relaxation.

Or recreational slaughter, depending upon your perspective on animal rights. On his recent hunting trip to South Texas, Rove fired off a few updates on Twitter, the micro-blogging service exploding in popularity among Republicans in government.

Twitter was most recently in the news when Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) used the social network to reveal his arrival on an allegedly secret trip to Iraq. Various media outlets, including Congressional Quarterly and the Watertown Daily Times, had agreed not to disclose the trip until the the congressional delegation left Iraq.

For Rove though, his shotgun-toting exploits with Fox News anchors Chris Wallace and Fred Barnes weren't so controversial or secret.

"Where are the rest of your bright colors?" asked Twitter user "djmoreno." "[You] could have gotten shot. Thank God Chaney [sic] was not there."

"You're correct—" noted Rove on his feed. "[U]nfortunately Cheney's not here."

It was unclear as to the nature of Rove's hunt. However, Former Vice President Cheney, when he accidentally shot attorney Harry Whittington in the face, was hardly on a "hunting trip."

"Upon his arrival at the exclusive Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, gamekeepers released 500 pen-raised pheasants from nets for the benefit of him and his party," wrote Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. "In a blaze of gunfire, the group—which included legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with major fundraisers for Republican candidates—killed at least 417 of the birds. According to one gamekeeper who spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cheney was credited with shooting more than 70 of the pen-reared fowl."

"But," continued Rove on his feed, "I look forward to my next hunt with [Cheney]."

"After lunch, [Cheney's] group shot flocks of mallard ducks, also reared in pens and shot like so many live skeet," added Pacelle.

Rove also posted a photo on "Twitpic" of Fox News regular and Weekly Standard founder Fred Barnes, toting a shotgun and dead bird. According to Rove, Barnes hit "two out of a covey," or a flock of birds, usually meaning partridge or quail.

"Look its my new Nancy Pelosi doll," wrote user "tomatcc."

"So this is what propagandists do when they hang out," wrote "alex_ross" under the Barnes photo. "Neato."

It was unclear as to whether Rove's "Twitpic" account required approval of reader comments or not.

"You are one of my heroes," wrote Twitter user "carlmarshall" under a photo of Rove's hunting party. "I am a pastor and love the stands you take on conservitive [sic] matters. ... I would love to arrange a hunt for you of any kind."