It's not whether he is a conservative, but whether he is a Constitutionalist.
If you are a Constitutionalist -- that is, you embrace a form of government designed to protect the ideals of the Declaration of Independecnce -- then you stand for freedom.
If not, you stand against freedom. I see little evidence that the likes of a Rove is a Constitutionalist. If not a Constitutionalist, that would mean Rove and those like him are enablers of unfreedom.
I'm willing to be corrected, but that's how I see it at this point.