December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Rove vows to 'name names'

Rove says he will name his enemies in a new book.
Rove says he will name his enemies in a new book.

(CNN) – Enemies of President Bush take heed: Karl Rove is set to name names.

The man widely credited with Bush's two presidential victories says his new book will include an accounting of those in Washington who never accepted the president as a legitimate commander-in-chief.

"I've got behind-the-scenes episodes that are going to show how unreceiving they were of this man as president of the United States," Rove told Cox News in an interview published Sunday. "I'm going to name names and show examples."

Rove signed a deal with publishing giant Simon & Schuster last year, reported be worth over $1.5 million.

In the wide-ranging interview, Rove also suggested the criticisms the president and his aides took were partly because they were not part of the Washington establishment.

"You'll notice there was outrage when it was thought that I was the person behind outing Valerie Plame. And then when it came out that it was the sainted [Deputy Secretary of State] Richard Armitage, there was no interest," Rove said. "I don't remember seeing anybody camped out on his doorstep like they were camped out on mine. [It's]because he was part of the acceptable culture of Washington, and I was not. I was one of those Texans who came up. He was one of those perpetual I'll-scratch-your-back-if-you'll-scratch-mine Washington leakers. "


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  1. LaurelAnn

    "I've got behind-the-scenes episodes that are going to show how unreceiving they were of this man as president of the United States," Rove told Cox News in an interview published Sunday. "I'm going to name names and show examples."

    Well, Karl, does that mean the REAL story of what happened in Florida in 2000 and the outcome of Gore v. Bush will come to light? Most of us were unreceiving "of this man as president of the United States" because he was NEVER ELECTED IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Get a grip, Karl! Go home to whatever rock you crawled out from under.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. WhoCares

    If Karl Rove is writing a book about who didn't accept Bush as commander-in-chief and "threatening to name names", it's going to be a pretty boring book because (a) nobody cares and (b) nearly EVERYBODY in Washington's name will be in it....duh.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Ricky

    Anything to sell a book that I wouldn't buy anyway. Who cares. They are all gone now...

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. A NATION OF WINERS.

    KARL, NOTHING YOU WRITE ABOUT WILL MAKE

    YOU DECENT, INTELLIGENT OR HONORABLE.

    IN FACT YOU WILL BE DOING THOSE PEOPLE

    A GREAT FAVOR IN NAMING THEM AS THOSE

    THAT DIDN'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MOST

    SHAMEFUL DESTRUCTIVE ADMINISTRATION, IF YOU

    CAN EVEN CALL IT THAT, IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Keith Jobes

    Please have Karl Rove add my name to that kist of "unreceiving" persons!

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. elf

    And the name of this book will be "Brilliant American Hereoes."

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Phil

    On one hand, there is some validity to being outraged at people not recognizing the authority of the county's commander-in-chief...think about it...what if those who don't like Obama sought to undermine him. This would not be good for the country.
    On the other hand, Rove is a hypocrite....I'm sure he's dished it out far worse than he ever received it.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Fritz

    Rove named names before – think Valerie Plame, think the attorneys who would engage in partisan hackery. Why he isn't in jail for that behavior is simply unacceptable. He weakened our country and intelligence network by making it difficult to recruit intelligence professionals.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. America will be free again

    Its sad that he his on the loose, well people like him wont be on the loose too long. O.J didnt make it too long out here too. The only difference between the men is O.J almost got away with two K R still on the loose with the economy.

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Ed

    Why isn't this man in jail yet?

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. kt

    Good I hope he names names so i can be sure to keep voting for these people who were so "unrecieving" of MR. bush!!!
    Rove is an idiot.

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Will 18E

    Karl please name them. That way, President Obama can award them the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Wake up Liberals

    Are the liberals shaking in their heels yet? Has enough froth-filled foam formed in their mouths? Everybody will be buying Karl's book. This was the man that knew everything. His book will be an eye-opener to everyone. Even if you don't like the man, the book will be an important window into how and why things worked out the way they did while Bush was in office. And I actually did very well under Bush, I really don't have any sympathy for the fools who didn't. You liberals voted for the war, too, never forget that.

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. C Barbre

    What, he's going to name names of the people who were bang-on about the imbecile Bush not being qualified to be Commnder-in-chief? Anybody w/ an ounce on integrity and any intellect at all should have denounced an utter buffoon like Bush staining the legacy of the White House.

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Seriously?

    Hey Karl – you are a piece of crap. Sorry Jesus, but seriously already.

    December 8, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Daniel

    Karl, you seem to think you are still relevant. You are not. However, those "names" you are going to "name" are relevant.

    It's bad enough that anyone took Bush seriously, in the first place! Now, you expect anyone to feel shame for NOT taking Bush seriously as a leader? Ha! The irony!!

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    I don't know who to believe anymore. I used to think Rove was a conniver and dirty politician, but after the extreme media bias I witnessed against Hillary in the primaries, I'm beginning to think the media might have unfairly conjured up a negative image of Rove. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Gmc

    He'll name names of people who didn't consider George W Bush as a legitimate president? That would be about, um, 150 million Americans or so. This will be a long, long book.......

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Florida Joe

    Maybe he can write the book from behind bars where he belongs........

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. William

    The led are a reflection of leadership. Bush turned himself into a caricature; thus, no one took him seriously – including the American public.

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Fritz

    A Spoiler of Rove's book: "Wah! Wah! It's someone else's fault! Wah! Wah!"

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. dathho

    This whiner needs to be in prison.

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Why am I doing this?

    We already have Dick Cheney's name.

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. dave

    there are more pro-Rove responses than I expected

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Peter

    Ooohhh... Now all of those named will be scared!

    And just look at the type of on-line supporter Rove gets: "cant stand", 'Polosi", "hope shes in there too". Well, Karl, you may have a least one buyer of your drivel.

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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