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. SS

    That's because nobody likes you...Public opinion does not work in your favor here. Name names, everyone will appreciate it if you did!

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Rick

    So now Karl Rove is playing the role of the victim? Poor Karl...I feel so terrible that he was treated differently because he was a "Washington Outisder". Give me a break...

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Oh Yeah in PA

    Who wants to bet money that Karl Rove spends the next 4 years slandering the Obama administration with his every breath??? Who wants to bet that he blames all the hardships of the next four years on Obama??? This guy deserves to be in jail, and would have been if it weren't for Dubya!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Michael in Pittsburgh

    Please Karl, tell us who they are. I would like to shake his or her hands. Too bad you didn't tell us before the election. The Democrates would definately have won a veto proof majority.

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. dblzap

    Correction, this will make a dandy witness list for the war crimes trial in the Haig

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Rick in San Diego

    Let's see with a disapproval rating of better than 60%, will Rove have room in his book to name the 100 million or more people who do not accept Mr. Bush as a legitimate commander in chief?

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Liz T, Tucson

    Rove does make one legitimate point: Why was Armitage never even reprimanded?

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. chris @ stl

    YES .... we need all the dirty details, Carl.

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Jeff

    That will sell a lot of books. Big deal.

    Howzabout somebody "name names" about actual US Presidents who are completely inactive amidst what may be one of the greatest financial crises ever to hit the country! At least he had his portrait painted. And that "cup of coffee" he had with Paulson the other day really instilled global confidence.

    Perhaps it's better Bush is inactive after all....look what he "accomplished" when he was actually on the job!

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Jack

    He is DUMB and UGLY too just too stupid to go away and spend is Saudi gifts with the Decider the worl wont miss any of them.can you beleive Dick Cheney is leaving gracefully learn from Dick carl or is it Crawl

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. James Jones

    Rove really needs to be told by every intelligent, fair-minded citizen of this country that his tired brand of hate-mongering and truth-twisting was completely repudiated in the last election. It's time for him to crawl back under his Texas rock and just be grateful he's found a publishing house desperate enough to publish his spewings of garbage and, presumably, an audience stupid enough to shell out cash for his worthless, distorted view of events.

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Art

    ..Wow! All of this animosity against Bush. I guess that I'm supposed to use these examples of how to support President Elect Obama?

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Randy

    It's about time somebody spilled the beans and bush

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. chelle

    Has Rove not figured out he's a has been, and worse a has been that has no respect from anyone?

    Go away – just go away....

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Rob

    Rove and Bush should be in prison.

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. RickM

    I plan on pre-ordering the book. Probably the same list of characters (of both parties) who tried to destroy Sarah Palin.

    See how they handle it when their notorious behavior is exposed.

    Go Karl go!

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Tony Jenson

    Wait a minute!...he's talking about a Bush, the son of the 41st President and a member of Yale's Skull and Crossbones? The same man that didn't have to complete HIS National Guard duty so he could work on someone's political campaign.
    You forget, Mr. Rove, in order to rewrite history you must control all media. Guess that's why you took a job at Fox.

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. chris d.

    Oh puleeeze put my name on the list!

    Abe Lincoln

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    I would like to know their names for sure. If they hold public office I will contribute to their re-election campaign. You've been in the White House for 8 years Karl; you are hardly an 'outsider'. The reason you were never 'accepted' is because you were pegged early on as a snake with no conscience.

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. cat

    Wow and all this time I thought it was he who was practicing dirty politics...Just to find he is innocent..and they only picked on him because he was'nt a Washington Insider,,,,My goodness we should all be ashame of ourselfs...LOL....

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Adge

    it's hard to accept when the election(s) was stolen.........

    December 8, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Jackie in Dallas

    Sorry, Rove, the reason a LOT of people didn't accept him as President was that he really didn't win the election in 2000, and did a crummy job all 8 years since the Supreme Court gave him the election. He's been one of the worst in our history. And the fact that you are "naming names" just is sour grapes on your part because your attempt to get McCain elected using the same tactics didn't work this time. You are the "man behind the curtain" and just like the Wizard of Oz, you are not mighty and powerful, but just a two-bit hussler that took advantage of the people of this land with your slight of hand and king-building. Go home, shut up, and give us all a break!

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Simpliticus

    This is just an attempt to market a book and that is all! Does it matter after George W. Bush leaves office who his some to many detractors could possibly be? In light of publishers telling George W. Bush to wait several years before publishing his memoirs so that potential buyers AND readers can be found, Rove is performing a similar adventure but hawking his book to be read by only one reader bodes poorly unless he can stimulate readership with this affront to common sense! Does it matter who all the detractors of George W. Bush may be? These may as well get in line with the rest of the American public!

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    The only people that will be interested in Rove's "tell all" book will be those who are looking to see if their names appear in it. What a waste of money, time, and material. How many trees were needed to serve this self-serving book?

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. ginny

    When are the American people going to fess up to voting for that moron not once, but twice? No one seems to have done it, and therefore you can all blame Karl Rove like he was in the booth forcing your hands. Granted, half the voters had some brains, but to think a good half of your country wanted him in for two terms is scary to say the least! On par with that is now just about as many want Palin in charge at the White House, YIKES!

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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