December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
10 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. BenderHeel

    The press didn't go after Armitage because he's not a duschebag like Karl Rove. It's not an insider-versus-outside thing as he tries to frame it. If he really believes that reasoning, then he's quite delusional.

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. James C Flores

    Again...KARL, YOU ARE NOT A TEXAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    I guess there will always decent public servant unwilling to accept orders from stupid bosses, however highly placed in the government ladder.

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Joman

    Heros all.

    Bush was selected, not elected. You can't hide from that truth and history will note it as big as Nixon's resignation.

    The sad thing is that after 911, the majority of people did rally behind Bush – and then he sqaundered that goodwill, retracted our inalienable rights by suspending habeas corpus, trampled the constitution, made up overt lies to invade a soverign nation (an obnoxious nation – OK), engaged in modern day Sedition Act to make everyone who didn't agree with them unpatriotic, prematurely declared victory, gave billions to their Texas friends through no bid contracts, sponsored torture and wrote it off on Lynde England, etc. etc.

    And then Rove "The Architect" scared everyone into believing that they couldn't switch horses during a war, no matter how illegitimate and incompetent Bush was, so he was unfathomably "re-selected".

    On 1/20/09 I'm having a Ding-Dong W's Gone Party and you can tell all of those people you are going to name that they are welcome as honored guests.

    One more thing, Karl – reputable people don't write kiss and tell books, remember? Just ask Tom O'Neil, Richard Clarke, and Scott McClelland. Oh I forgot, you trashed them too.

    Serve your country for once and and go away.....

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. m.

    It'd be a more intriguing read if he named those who accepted W. as the C-I-C & their reasoning. It could be a valuable historical research piece as to the reasoning behind insanity.

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Anna, Missouri

    If any of these "named" people are up for re-election after the book comes out, they will be a shoo-in. Democrat or Republican!

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Andy Rodgers

    Instead of writing a book why don't you just testify under oath and tell the truth about the real Bush Whitehouse. I guess executive privelage doesn't matter if you are being paid a million dollars. Hey they are your lies tell them however you want!!

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Tim, Coronado, CA

    When you consider that Al Gore won the election and Bush stole it with the help of Katherine Harris and the right-wing Supreme court there will be people who would think that Bush's Presidency was Illegitimate. Duh?!? Count me in!

    I'm Sparticus!

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Bob Mitchell

    Karl Rove, you don't get it. The reason some (many) of us never accepted GW Bush as our President, and the reason we camped out on your doorstep hoping to catch you in the act, is not because you were outsiders to the Washington establishment. It's because you came to WDC with a promise to reach across the partisan divide and make things better. Instead, you two guys throw gasoline on the flames and took politics to a new low (which will probably never be beat). You two guys represent the most reprehensible form of politics this country has ever experienced. And you got away with it. So stop feeling like a victim – you guys brought all our hatred onto yourself. Please crawl back under your rock and leave this poor country alone. We are suffering badly after 8 years of your terrible tyranny.

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Cathy in Florida

    Bring it on Rove!

    The people you are going to name apparently KNEW that Bush was an IDIOT........TOO BAD we DIDN'T LISTEN TO THEM THEN!!!

    We could have saved ourselves from a $10 BILLION a month WAR, a HUGE NATIONAL DEBT, and A DEPRESSION.

    Go Ahead Rove, MAKE OUR DAY!!

    December 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. tim

    Probably a lot of terrorists and liberals sent to sabotage the presidency! Many people are fooled by obama's "speech" but they will soon find out he is not on America's side.

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Dr. Rory Lewis

    Yes - I can hardly wait. 🙂

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Mike Lipkin

    I really wish this guy would just go away.

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Ubiq

    Mr. Rove, I hope you realize that there are no book royalties in hell.

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Sue

    sour grapes from a slimy pig

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. ron

    To "Wake Up Liberals"

    You Wrote,

    "And I actually did very well under Bush, I really don't have any sympathy for the fools who didn't."

    There-in lies the rub with the neo-con movement, let the country crumble into ruin, as long as I got mine.

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Carol Weyle in Lakewood Co

    For Karl, want alittle cheese with the whine?

    Colorado Mom

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. VoterinOhio

    Let's hope the list of people who opposed Bush is as long as the people who will opppose Obama. 2 unexperienced presidents= 2 administrations of ridiculous stupidity. Oh, Obama's change by the way is called "the Clinton administration, part deux". Nice change. Great to see that we have been tricked yet again by another smooth talking politician. Clinton's administration started our economic mess with the high risk loans they wanted to hand out to low income housing, Bush perpetuated the problem. So wow, more of the same with Obama. Sweet.

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Vic

    Bush will go down as the worst President in the history of the United States. Karl is closely attached to his legacy..he helped elect a man totally unqualified to be president. He deserves a special place in history for his actions. Looking to the future..I am sure he will be using the same low tactics he used to elect Bush elect that super looser..Sarah Palin. Watch for it..America has to be better than that ..or we are all doomed. Nobody cares for you book Karl..get over yourself. The whole county doesn't listen to Fox News..

    December 8, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. who cares

    who in thier right mine cares what Karl Rove thinks or writes about. other than he is the master of dirtly politics. lies and hate. If you are a republician you need distance yourself from anything to do with this man. The same goes for Rush L. These guys need to in jail not writing anything.

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Dan

    The idea that Armitage "outed" Plame in some kind of innocent off-had remark is ludicrous. A guy in Armitage's position simply does not say anything to anyone that he is not instructed to say. Therefore, Armitage was simply the chosen mouthpiece and Cheney, Rove, Bush, etch were the instigators. There is no doubt at all about that.

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Eugene

    How long is this book going to be? How can he fit five and half billion names into a book and anyone want to read all those names?

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. dittohead with forty names

    Sounds like he knows he will soon be an inmate to me.

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Karen

    The minute we believe that anything Karl Rowe says is truth, then the whole world is in even worse shape than he made it.

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Andy

    Who cares? Rove is irrelevant.

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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