December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Rove vows to 'name names'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Sara K

    Since when has this detestable pig had any right to cry foul? This man has sunken to the lowest levels of dirty tactics there are, while bringing an entirely new meaning to the word "scum". First of all, does he actually expect us to believe that he fully accepted and supported the democratic administration during the Clinton years? And second of all, does this repulsive slug actually think the country will do anything less than praise those who doubted Bush's abilities? His idiotic book will only amuse the brainwashed conservatives who actually believe that this man is morally admirable. The rest of us with brains will do little more than scoff at his transparent attempt to rewrite history, and turn his puppet into a great man (the core of the earth would sooner freeze over).

    Take a hike, Karl. You're a washed up fool who has been exposed for the morally corrupt buffoon that you are. And please.....take your puppets with you. We are sick of looking at them.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Jwal

    Just what significance does it serve at this point? If Rove really wanted to blow the whistle to name names, as he suggests, he could have done it a long time ago. At this point he could do it for FREE. A book deal worth millions, PLEASE....what's the 'real' motive here?

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. SAGG

    Good thing Bush's Brain warned me. Yet another book I'm sure NOT to buy.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Jacquie

    Yo Carl baby, here's a quarter for the clue machine, no one gives a rat's rear end. Oh and a quarter's worth is about all the credibility his book might have. Lose weight, get a hair transplant, and oh, maybe a personality transplant, I heard the Mayo clinic just perfected the technique and have scheduled you at the top of the waiting list. Then we can all send you turd blossoms while you are recooperating.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Worried Grandma

    Yeah Karl, Stand up and point them out. I'll drive my hybrid to DC and shake the hand of each and every one of them.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Keith

    Who cares!

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Maria, Texas

    Well now....we can readily see the perpetual bloggers (who have absolutely no life!) who are the Obamamaniacs trashing everyone in site unless one follows them in to the Pied Piper tune. Many of these are paid people, consultants, and non-profit-community organizers...etc., who are paid by the rest of us hard-working Americans. All they do is have their fingertips at the key-board ready to trash anyone who has a mind of their own–as they're jealous with envy because they don't command big bucks and wait for their handouts. I pity them all.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Rove is still a genius...

    Should be in jail, but a genius.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. nostradamus

    It seems Karl Rove forgot that Bush won 2000 elections with the Florida's fraud that Katherine "Makeup" Harris planned. Yo can't hide the sun with a finger. If the Florida recount would have done, as Al Gore requested, never Dubya could be the President and we won't have the bunch of problems that we have today. Karl Rove seems to miss his 15 minutes of fame (or infame) that he got during the awful Bush Administration. However, after all, Dubya just followed orders of people as Rove.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Travis Cowsill

    To Anthony...

    Regarding the issues Bush had to "Deal with".

    Interesting inclusion there with Katrina.

    According to my recollection as it pertains to Bushes "dealing" with that particular situation, he (Bush) was cutting a piece of cake along side John McCain on the White House Lawn in a widely posted photo-op, while my Uncle drowned ( died) in 13 feet of mud beneath a Wharf in New Orleans waiting for help.

    Yeah, Bush really handled that situation in Presidential fashion.

    Shut up.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Lone Heckler

    Keep it up Karl! And you can guarntee that Republicans will NEVER regain the White House in my life time.

    Not that I will care.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Len

    Ah yes, the grasp.... a book. So be it and disappear forever.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |

    Everything he says must be a lie. Lowest form of being not even human.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. scott

    Hey Karl!! Is it too late to get my name in that book? I never accepted that moron as the commander in chief either.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Marshall

    Karl who?

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Scott

    Anyone named in Rove's book as not fully accepting Bush as commander in chief should wear it as a badge of honor. They should use it as a campaign slogan.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Brenda C

    Good for you Karl. Just as you stated about Valerie Plame they were ready to hang any conservative but it was forgotten about real quick once they found out it wasn't you. I hope a few more news station and newspapers go out of buisness also. Maybe they can be replaced by real reporters who report news and not their on agenda's and be fair and balanced. That is something that has been missing for the last eight years. We're not concerned about what reporters think or want we just expect them to report news, facts. Can't wait to read your book and I'm sure most of us know a few names that will be mentioned. Just like obama trying to lie about smoking, no one will make a big deal out of the fact he lied, but even more if it was President Bush who smoked it would have been news the whole eight years.

    December 8, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. pb

    How long must we have to look at this publicity hungry, out-of-a-job, has been? This man would not have ever been where he has been had it not been for the backing of the Mormon Church and his role as their mouthpiece with George Bush. He didn't even go to college and yet speaks before Ivy League colleges and "brain" trusts. Gimmee a break !!!!

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Bill

    Wow, this is impossibly out of touch with America right now. These guys really were in a bubble all this time.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Andrew

    Part of the reason people didn't camp out on Armitage's doorstep is how he conducted himself after he acknowledged it was him.

    Some of the reasons why Bush was not accepted were 1. The controversy over the vote counting fiasco in Florida, which to this day is dubious, and the fact that he lost the popular vote in 2000. And 2. This is a man who lacks the mental and verbal acuity that people want and need in their president.

    This is a man who appealed to the lowest common denominator. This is a man whose campaigns somehow managed to find a way to malign intellectualism and somehow call it elitism.

    Since when is it bad to be intellectual. Since when is it bad to be smart and gifted?

    The president of the United States should be the smartest, most educated, most worldy, the sharpest mind, the most intellectual, diplomatic, and brilliant person in this country. This is what the times and the world call for.

    Bush is not this. And in both of his elections, he was the inferior to his challengers in these regards. All politics aside.

    The President of The United States should be the best and brightest person the country has to offer the world, and President Bush is far from it.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Norm51

    Karl, take your meds and go back to sleep.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. John Stryker

    This is the advisor to the worst President in American history. All he ever really knew how to do was make enemies lists. Its the reason we are in this mess.

    Some free advice to the publisher of this book: keep it simple with a kid's book type formatting: big text, LOTS of colorful pictures. Think Fox viewer. 4th grade reading level. May want to include prize of some kind.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Tanya

    All people who opposed President Bush should be featured in an updated version of "Profiles in Courage."

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Michael S. Krivda

    I am opposed to censorship of any kind and I hate boycotting products for political reasons, but I will never buy another book published by Simon and Schuster if they publish this idiot's book.

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Independent Again

    I'm glad Rove is going to name names. But it won't matter because the liberal biased media will continue to ignore what these people did.

    Tell me all you Bush haters, what if l the same was done to the Obama Admin? You would not like it at all!

    All you crying that Bush was never your president now want unity now that Obama is President-elect.

    How vile to demand unity now when you never gave W. a chance! If Bush was not qualified to be President then neither is Obama at all! As long as the partisan hatred is kept up then there will never be unity in this country.

    If a liberal is doing the deed it is ok. Therein is the double standards. You are all hypocrites!!!

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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