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. Charles Atlanta

    Once you become the president of United States, you have 4 years (or 8 years) to prove yourself and set up legacy. Unfortunately for Bush, he failed to have good results. No matter how you spin, historian only counts on the results and facts.

    December 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Noans, South Pasadena

    Karl, you're part of the past, thank God and no one cares about you and Karen Hughes trying to rewrite history as we speak. The country has moved on and so should you. Your dirty tricks, lies and attempt to rewrite history by continuing to lie, along with Bush, are no longer relevant, again, thank God. Instead of working on Bush's legacy team, unbelievably before he leaves office, tell Bush to at least act like he's still President by trying to help solve our financial crisis. Oh, I forgot, Bush is the reason we're in this mess. Bush has never accepted responsibility for anything he ( and you) have ever done and never will so save your lies and "treats" for someone who cares. We don't. Bush is the worst President we have ever had and nothing you say or write will change those facts that speak for themselves! Why don't you actually serve your country Karl by enlisting in the service so you can learn what honor, duty and service to our country really means.

    December 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. jarles

    Why do people who are mean spirited become such sissies when the table is turned on them. Maybe Mr. Rove can go tell his mommie that he is being picked on.Possibly he and Rush could share some feel good drugs and commiserate together about their respective miseries.

    December 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Ruth Lovingood

    Good for you...it's time someone stepped up and defended our President and his administration. The truth needs to be told. No one better than you, who seemed to be in the middle of everything. Can;t wait to read the book.

    December 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. welcome

    Whoa. Rove is going to name people who thought Bush couldn't do the job? Turns out they were right.

    December 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. glenn

    The whole bush disgrace maybe he will put enough information in the book so we can us it to charge and convict him and all of the rest of the bush regime with ... with misconduct in office and treason ..and put all of them in prison with no chance of parole....maybe them the rest of the world will start to forgive us for electing such a corrupt regim...good ridance on them all being gone ...I hope carl rowe and his group of henchmen crawl back into the hole they came out of...

    December 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Lisa

    A few months after John Ashcroft's book came out, I saw it for sale at the dollar store! I look forward to seeing Rove's there as well!

    December 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Cujo

    Karl who?

    December 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. joellen

    How much is he gonna get paid to list the names of 72% of the US population?

    Plug your book some more Karl, nobody cares.

    December 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Dbritt

    Add me to the list and call it out...I never accepted him as president either. So what...If Rove has a list of people who did not bow to his and Cheny and Bush...that seems to be an Honor Roll! Good for them. Can't wait till all the people in the Bush crowd are GONE!

    December 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. joyce knapik

    The stupidity of the comments to this story makes me fear for the future of our country. "Democracy is dependent upon an educated citizenry" Most of the replies are so steeped in hatred that they can't have facts destroy their attacks. Here's a thought....stop the diatribes and get all sides of a story. These are the same people who think that on Jan. 20th the world is going to change! They should get a life and make their own luck instead of wasting all this effort on hatred.

    December 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Frank

    A book listing the names of everyone who thinks Bush is a moron, a liar and a traitor?

    Whew!

    That's going to be a mighty long book!

    Note to Rove: You too are a traitor, a liar and a moron. Go back to Texas where you might still find some people who like you.

    December 8, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Lost in Texas

    Can't seem to find "Joe the Plumber's" book at my neighborhood bookstore yet so I guess I'll just have to wait for Rove's book. Or better yet maybe I'll just wait until the MOVIE comes out!

    December 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. John

    I am going to name a name of a Washington insider who helped bring this country to its knees morally, ethically, economically and politcially. One who helped administer a misguided and misrepresented pro war agenda, drove business out of the United States, and allowed corporate corruption to run rampant at the expense, litterally, of the American people.

    His name is Karl Rove...

    December 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Aviate

    Gosh Karl, that's what happens when you steal elections. Live with it.

    In case you hadn't noticed, Karl, tens of millions of Americans and people the world over never accepted Bush's "legitimacy." What happened in Florida in 2000 will remain a dark stain on this country's history. And then you & Bush decided that a 500 vote "victory" was a mandate for radical change and cynically exploited the tragedy of Sept. 11th for political gain.

    Go ahead and name names, we'll make sure to send them all thank-you notes.

    December 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Jenny

    I guess it's going to be a big book if it's going to contain the names of 80% of America's population. I think it might be easier to name the people who did support the worst president EVER.

    December 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Glen

    Outsiders? Some of his staff have been in DC since the 60s.

    December 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. E Channon

    Oh noooo he's going to name people that didn't like Bush. That will be a huge book then as he will have to place over 50 million people in it, and that will be the US publishing too.

    December 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. popeye

    When will he and the Alaskan queen realize most thinking people don't care what they have to say!

    December 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. James T. Weber

    No one really cares what Carl Rove thinks at this time. Moreover, history will speak loudly and clearly regarding G. W. Bush, his legitimacy, competence, legacy as well as his inept administration.

    December 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Ticker Shock

    Bring it on blockhead! I'll chek out your book when it shows up on the shelf of my local dollar store next to all the other conservative writers.

    December 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Dennis

    To the person from Ohio whose letter was deleted:
    Why does it take your state so long to count votes?
    Not enough fingers and toes in Ohio??

    December 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Karl Rove knows his political career is doomed and he's attempting to take others down with him. When you sleep with dogs you always come up with fleas.

    December 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Sue

    This is going to be a very long list of those of us who never accepted Bush's presidencies as legitimate. The book would probably be only
    two pages long of those who did – one being the title page.
    Surprise! I'll bet Bill Clinton's name is on the top. Republicans love to blame him for everything – even their hangnails.
    Doesn't sound like very interesting reading – I'm yawning already.

    December 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Glori Stewart

    I consider Karl Rove to be the most partisan person in contemporary politics. He acted viciously, vindictively, and vulgarly during his time with the Bush administration and except for Vice President Chaney, who challenges Machiavelli himself in sheer evil, Karl Rove will forever be known as a ruthless political hack who advanced one of the most excclusionary, oppressive, insensitive and illegal regimes in American history.
    Just as with the perpratrators of the Watergate scandal, I will not contribute one dime to Rove so I won't be buying any book he rights. I listened to his lies while he was Bush's top propaganda master and can't imagine willingly paying for more of the same. Mr. Rove, please fade into the woodwork or immigrate to a country with the type of goverment you tried to inflict on the United States– North Korea, Sudan, might work out for you.

    December 8, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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