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. The Ronald

    He's going to name names like he named Valerie Plame. It's a name game and Plame was blamed. A plain shame!

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Lu

    Wine, whine, whine... Will he except blame for anything he did, or just continue to blame everybody else?

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Bob

    Shouldn't he be sharing a bed with OJ?

    December 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Mark Johnson

    I find it funny the hate for Karl Rove. Democrats talked about the decisiveness of him, yet Obama (Change agent) appoints Emanuel who is just as divisive if not more than Rove.

    And Zandra, if you are going to call someone a loser, you might learn how to spell it. You spelling that wrong kind of makes you look, well like a "looser."

    December 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Deb in Vegas

    I have absolutely no respect for anyone who feels the need to write a "tell all" book after serving in any President's administration. Who cares? If it was so important to tell the American people these so-called "truths" or "facts", why the hell don't the authors come forward while they're still IN the adminsitration.

    Nobody cares after the fact. It's sort of like closing the old barn door after all the horses and cows have gotten out.

    December 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    I would feel honored if Rove named me. Can you believe we are actually going to have a President who can speak in complete sentences and has a good command of the english language.

    December 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. frank, nc

    This should be good. Now they can go after him and if he can tell all then he cannot plead executive privilege then can he when Congress calls him up.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Louis

    This idiot who helped mastermind the Iraq debacle should never again be given a public forum–4,000 brave soldiers are dead, 100,000 Iraqi civilians are dead, and a trillion taxpayer dollars have been wasted because of Rove and his cronies.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Brian

    So he's going to write something that looks like the world's largest phone book?

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Turning the page

    Yes Karl, please give us the names of those heroes. There were only a prcious few in the last 8 years.

    Baha... Bahaha... Bahahahahahahaha...

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. pd

    Way to go Karl! They hate you because you beat them time and time again.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. dblzap

    Send the list to the Haig, then the war crime's trial can start!!!!

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Suzanne

    Step aside, Rove, it's over.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. BS not Maverick

    Rove sounds like someone that is getting ready to go to prison, sing song bird sing!

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Chuck

    If there's any justice in America, Mr. Rove will soon be on trial for his treasonous deceit and conspiracies and won't be able to tell people that right is wrong and wrong is right any more.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Andy B

    ooh ooh how can I get my name on that list. I never accepted the WORST PRESIDENT EVER as my President.

    December 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. President Obama/VA

    So he's going to name the entire american public. We can't stand you Karl and I'm sure you know that by now. You should have known when that lady tried to handcuff you on stage and make a citizens arrest. LOL

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Kris

    Karl – Please add my name to the list as well.

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Abyssinian Lion

    Add me ...Jonathan W. Norwood

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. thomas

    WOW...Rove comes off as a bitter tired old has been man.....sad....very very sad. Clearly he was ALWAYS slimy...but now, he is just pathetic old news!

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Ed

    Maybe if Bush had acted presidential instead acting like a self centered,
    self serving, arrogant, egomaniac he would have been received as presidential.

    December 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Randy

    It is so nice to here from you nice little boys and girls. Your "JACK" of a president Billy Boy Clinton has been crying in his soda for years. I suppose were all bad if we don't believe in your SOCIALIST views! Looks like you all found a home here to sob.....

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Apples for sale

    Will he call the book"Memoirs from Prison"?Is he trying to blackmail people to stay out of prison?Hes going to look good in Orange.

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. ninja jim

    Karl Rove has more money than all of you chumps who hate him. And he will have even $1.5 million more while you chumps struggle to pay your subprime mortgages.

    Rove for President! The whining would never stop.

    Have fun defending Obama/Pelosi/Reid. When Bush/Cheney/Rove are all gone, who will you chumps blame all your troubles on?

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Tom

    Is it my imagination or does Karl look a lot like "Chucky" in the horror movies?

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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