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. Watch Out!

    Oh no we better watch out!!! He’s naming names!!! Oh Karl please have mercy!!
    Hahahaha!
    Slow news day?

    December 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. SEP in AZ

    So Rove is going to "out" all those who didn't support Bush? Considering Bush's current approval rating, I wouldn't exactly consider that a threat. More like validation.

    Karl Rove is a despicable low-life who has hurt this country more than you can imagine. He should be in prison.

    December 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Dan

    Hey Karl, I have a book idea for you:

    "How I Helped George W. Bush Wreck the Country".

    That would be one I'd buy.

    December 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Norom

    "his new book will include an accounting of those in Washington who never accepted the president as a legitimate commander-in-chief"

    Close to half of the country never accepted him as a "legitimate commander-in-chief" either

    December 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. David Goldman

    POOR CARL !!!

    HE WANTS TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS AN INTELLECTUAL,

    INSTEAD OF THE SCHEMING, SLEAZY, DISHONEST,

    DISHONORABLE, GREEDY & BIGOT SCAB THAT HE IS.

    December 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Mike

    wah wah wah

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. svs

    Ughh. Wish this guy would just disappear along with Bush come January.

    Unfortunately, some wishes just won't come true, and I think we're all witnessing the birth of Rush Limbaugh for the new century.

    Like terminal cancer, this jerk isn't going anywhere. He's just going to fester and grow, thanks to a lack of antibodies in the Conservative Right.

    Perhaps preventative amputation is in order.

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Charm

    Funny. Rove will have to list half of the U.S. in his book as people who didn't see Bush as the legitimate President of the U.S.

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. MICK from MESA

    Boo Hoo – Boo Hoo. Quit your self-serving whining Rove. You're sounding like a girlie-man.

    You and Bush are a disgrace to our country and a stain on our history...Man up and take your medicine as the losers you both are.

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Junius

    So Simon and Shuster made a deal with the devil . . .

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Bob in VA

    Not too bitter, are we, Turdblossom?

    December 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. nancy, southeast texas

    Good grief! Rove's book is going to be a very long book if he has to name all the people that thought W should not have been the president. How about half of the American voters.

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. KC

    Good.....not that any meat headed liberals would ever believe it....I'll just be glad to see the names and in print and proof that the idiots up there in Washington (the same ones being selected for the new Administration) are just as malicious, nasty, crooked, pathetic, apathetic, power hungry and obnoxious as they accused Bush of being.

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Don

    While your at it Carl, why don't you name all those including yourself who belong in prison.

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. JB

    Add my name to the list of those who never thought he was the legitimate president.

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. dave

    Finally, something Karl and Bill Clinton can cry about together. Why couldn't everyone just play nice, you know, like Karl did?

    On the other hand, I have to give it to him - he's going to make a million dollars writing his defense case, all without the liability of perjury to account for. P.T. Barnum would be proud!

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. queencersei

    And then the Democrats will counter by naming which Republicans were "unreceiving" when Clinton was elected. Yawn. Bottom of the barrel mud-slinging. What else can we expect from Karl Rove. I doubt many outside of his circle will even care about this.

    December 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. ram11

    I didn't think it was possible to publish a book large enough to hold all the names of those who are 'unreceiving' of Bush as President.

    December 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Tim

    Go Rove, back the man Bush.

    Washington insiders are the problem.

    December 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Garee

    So, this is worth $15 million?????
    Barnum was right.....a sucker........

    December 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Vic in TX

    SIt back, relax, and enjoy the show..........

    December 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. X in Ann Arbor

    Sorry, I'm not interested in what proven liars have to say.

    December 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Dee

    Well as long as he makes sure to name his own name and all the illegal crimes that HE did, then that would be fair...still won't be buying his book though...

    December 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. beckster

    WHO IS JOHN GALT?

    December 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. simon

    I will await Mr. Rove's book with interest. I am curious how a paranoid delusional personality functions. The problem remains that Mr. Rove's boss acted on ideology rather than from reason. Ideologues function from delusion and paranoia. Mr. Rove's book will advance psychiatry.

    December 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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