December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
4 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. Cressida Laroque

    Please tell me where I can send my name to Rove for inclusions in the list of Bush's enemies. Also, how can i raise money to secure the names of the other 200,000,000 of us who can't stand either Bush or Rove?

    December 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. ed

    His book should be titled "True Americans:people that didn't buy the lies". I never accepted Bush as president either since he never won the election and was proven right in every criticism I had of him.

    December 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. MLH

    Get over yourself. There are lots of reasons for disagreeing with or disliking you and your boss. But those reasons have nothing to do with the state which harbored the rock from under which you crawled, nor with your perceived status in Washington D.C. at any point during the last 8 years. As for those who never accepted the president as a legitimate commander-in-chief, well you could fill a book with those names and have no room left for substance – or was that the idea?

    December 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Evan - Raleigh, NC

    The master of spin spins again from the seventh circle of hell.

    People cared because you're pure, concentrated evil; but Karl, you're quickly becoming irrelevant.

    I wouldn't touch your book with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. Make your millions and just go away.

    December 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Maggie

    Hey, Rove, LOTS of people didn't accept Bush as commander-in-chief. You're not saying anything a lot of us don't already know. How about an accounting of the people behind the two stolen elections that put Bush in the Oval Office as an illegitimate president, huh?

    December 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Lisa P

    Karl Rove, Martyr to Truth and Justice. Yeah, right.

    December 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Chuck

    Shut the hell up, Karl and go back to where you belong. We never, ever, never want to hear of you again. You've done enough damage to this nation that'll take years to correct.

    December 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Virginia

    You go, Karl. About time somebody did this!!

    December 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Paul in Miami

    Karl, if you manage to avoid a jail cell consider yourself lucky. What you have managed to do to this nation is short of treason. Most likely it will be after the boss gets out and you'll be charged. May you never see the light of day for a long time.

    December 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. MEP

    Rove is sure to enhance the legacy of the Bush administration by " naming names". What is his motive? Why not let Bush go gently into that good night with the lowest approval rating in memory? It's not about you , Karl.

    December 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Terry, Butte, Mt

    good, name the names, then we will know who the good guys are.

    December 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. G-baby, Austin, Tx

    ROVE, GO AHEAD AND INCLUDE YOUR DAMM SELF, WHO CARES!!

    December 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. a southern bell.

    CARL ADD MY NAME TO THAT LIST.

    HERE IS THE REASON MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T ACCEPT

    YOUR CHIMP AS PRESIDENT. HE DIDN'T GET ELECTED.

    NO MATTER WHAT YOU & BUSH DO, YOU WILL GO DOWN

    IN HISTORY AS THE MOST DIVISIVE, EVIL COLLECTION OF

    HYENAS WE HAVE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE TO KNOW.

    THAT ISN'T THE WORST PART.

    THE WORST PART IS THAT THE AMERICAN

    PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAD A DICTATORSHIP.

    AND WORSE THAN THAT, WE DID NOTHING ABOUT IT.

    SO HERE IS TO YOU & BUSH.

    MAY BOTH OF YOU LIVE LONG, IN SHAME, IN PAIN & IN JAIL.

    December 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. james in s.c.

    by all means karl...do put my name in the book from where ever prison you'll end up in....

    December 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Cynt

    This idiot Rove is a big fat bag of hot air. He is always shooting off his nasty mouth but now he is whineing like the big joke he is and saying" I going to tell on you" what a loser he is not to mention one of the biggest liars in Washington. I would not spend one penny on a book this evil man writes, he is not crediable, by the way stupid you are not an acceptable part of the Washington culture because nobody trust you.

    December 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Salt

    It's funny how he thinks that so many people honestly care what he has to say.

    December 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. ksam

    Karl,

    Are you high? What has Duhbya done in 8 years to justify your claim that he was a "legitimate commander-in-chief"?

    You and you fellow Neo-Cons failed this President and this Country, not some behinds-the-scenes annecdotal stories nobody can verify as being true!

    Go away...

    December 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Billy D Providence, RI

    He is such a douche! When you look up weasel you find a photo of Rove.

    December 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. chuck

    Is Karl Rove trying to stir up interest in the selling of his book? Sorry Karl, THIS BULL WILL NOT BE SOLD TO INTELLIGENT PEOPLE. Further, I wish you would come clean when you are going to be questioned for WAR CRIMES with Bush,Cheney,Rice and Rumsfeld in the HAGUE.I'll give you some STRAIGHT TALK NOW--Bush stole the 2000 Elections from Al Gore and it's a KNOWN FACT.

    December 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Joshua College Station Texas

    Karl Rove hasn't got a leg to stand on. He has ZERO credibility as an honest person. He has enemies because he is a bad man. Karl Rove is a maker of enemies, a starter of wars (by sewing the strategies into the minds of decision-makers). He is a Neoconservative, or in other terms, a fascist. He deserves to be skewered (in courts) and cooked (in prison) for a long, long time (life), along with all his cronies (Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Rice, Libby, and the whole neoconservative camp).

    December 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Billion

    and people care ... why?

    December 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Kristy

    Go for it, Karl. The people you'll be naming will be gaining world-wide respect for not blindly following a clearly miserably misled administration. So by all means, help them out.

    December 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. smitty

    Thats gonna be one long book of enemies. LOL

    December 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. MaryAnn Johnston

    We can only hope that the likes of Karl Rove will finally disaapear into the backdrop of American history and torture our democracy no more with his inane political BS. Bye Bye Karl, whoever paid you for your book really paid too much, there will be no interest beyond FOX in why Bush was not accorded respect. Obviously, the last 8 years of his dimal performance are evidence of his incompetence and therefore his lack of respect. Remember Good job Brownie?

    December 8, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Phil the Engineer

    If he is going to name names, add mine to it.

    And about 100 million other people.

    December 8, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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