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. Chris

    Ohhh it all makes sense now!

    Bush was a terrible president because no one liked him...not the other way around!

    December 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. TommyF

    The hatred from the left never ceases to amaze me. Open minded liberals love to hate those they never met, never spoke to, and never heard from behind closed doors. CNN throws the word "Rove" out there and ever liberal with a computer starts typing. If liberals focused more on their own lives than chasing shadows they might just learn something.

    December 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Matt

    Am I the only one who finds it amusing (and disturbing) that Mr. Rove will gladly point fingers when he's making money and screwing over Democrats, yet when he was summoned by Congress he refused to show up because of fear that he'd have to admit to the treacherous acts he, and many other staff members, committed during Bush's 8 years at the White House.

    December 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Lisa M.

    Unbelievable!! What a whiner. Shades of the Nixon administration. such a victim. And he wouldn't get it if someone hit him over the head with a reality shovel.

    December 8, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. David

    Karl, FGo home already and STAY HOME!! No one cares. You were instrumental in fostering the partisan politics of hate. You are a major reason we are in the position we are in foreign affairs to the economy. You are yesterdays news.

    Oh and by the way he was NEVER duely elected in 2000

    December 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Carol

    Sometimes a person can say too much. If Pres. Bush wasn't accepted by people in Wash D.C. he should have been able to overide this as any good president should be able to.

    December 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |


    December 8, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. jsm63

    Talk about no shame. A guy who will go down in history as an undisputed king of "say anything, do anything" to win in politics is going to "set the record straight." He is a proven liar & cheater (see the carnage of Scott McClellen & John McCain 2000). What's next, an ethics book from Tom DeLay? "How to Win Friends and Influence People II" by Dick Cheney? Maybe a sequel on the "Art of War" from Rummy? Why can't these people just go away....haven't they done enough damage?

    December 8, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. tkevinh

    Bush was never accepted as Commander in Chief because he was, from day 1, in over his head as President. Now, Rove threatens to "name names" of those who were in that group who didn't give Bush the respect due a President of the United States. History will show Bush was the most incompetent president ever to hold the office, and Rove will be portrayed as a tragic, pathetic, effete, sycophant. Go ahead, Karl, name names, it only gives those you name more credibility.

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Grok

    It's not where Armitage was from, it's that it was no longer a story, the dead horse had already been beaten around the block a few times... it was simply too late.

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Rufus

    Bush was never accepted by most intelligent Americans as a legitimate Commander-in-Chief because he: (1) stole the presidency, (2) despite a lackluster stint at Yale, remained totally ignorant of national and international issues, (3) is inarticulate and basically lazy, (4) surrounded himself with a cast of despicable characters, including Rove, who could care less about main street America, and the list goes on and on. Rove, where have you been the last 8 years?

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. William of Iowa

    Blasphemy! Mr. Armitage is not a saint. He was, is, a very astute political operative who utilized skill, position and the media to accomplish important tasks relative to his duties. Something Mr. Rove and his good friend haven't figured out yet.

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. JL

    Rove=republican parties "poster-child" for LIES AND deseption.

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. darkstar

    Can't add much more than whats been said...

    Bush's two terms already has gone down in history as the worst a president could do.... makes one think of how much worse it will get when the truth of all of went on in the whitehouse for the last eight years.

    Time for you to " lean into one " Karl, " take one for the team ".

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. DickNH

    Karl~~ You should slink BACK to Texas with the rest of the will only be remembered as the brain of the WORST President in U.S. history

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. DH

    Considering how low President Bush's approval rating is now, about 28% and rising (because he's leaving), there should be millions and millions of names in that book. We know Karl, it's lonely at the top. But just wait until you see how lonely it is on the bottom.

    December 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Expected!

    Rove? To Name Names? In keeping with the ascertion that even the devil himself does not want to be alone in hell.

    Bring down the house – a true dim-wit running scared & his hair thins on.

    December 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Sam

    Why does anyone in their right mind really care what Karl Rove has to say? And more importantly, who would believe him other than fellow right wing nutjobs like Brenda C?

    Do us a favor Karl. Go away. Do it quickly. The next time I see you on television I hope it's a clip of you doing the perp walk following your arrest for whatever charges get filed against you for the politically motivated prosecution of Don Siegelman. Maybe you and George W. and Cheney and Rummy can all share a cell together.

    December 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Andrew, Brier WA

    Me!! Me!!!!

    December 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Grog in Ohio

    Seriously, considering the abysmal failure that George W. Bush turned out to be, shouldn't the critics that were unaccepting of him be declared prophetical?

    43 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Minnesotan

    Rove's whoring himself out again... this time it's for money and to try to keep his fat, ugly face in the public eye. Face it, Karl, you're yesterday's news and your only value is now in wrapping fish.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Ronin

    Karl, do you honestly think we are all as inherently stupid as you think we are? Dont think that we dont know Armitage took your bullet for you. We know it was you and Dickie boy. If there is a place worse than hell, you, George W., Dick, Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales, Scooter, David Addington and Condi deserve reservations.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Pog Mahon

    Go away clown, you've done enough damage to our country and the Republican Party. I hope you are investiagted for any one of your many evil deads.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Richard

    Hey Karl,

    My name is Richard Lombardo and I'm from Wilbraham, MA. Please feel free to include my name on the list of those who were "unreceiving" of Bush. This is one list that the vast majority of Americans would be more than happy to see their names.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Joe C.

    I refuse to listen to Karl Rove who "charged" us in the base during the elections then ignored fiscal responsibility and moral values when it came to governing. Thank you Karl Rove for implementing an electoral strategy that was doomed to never last too long. Thank you for messing up our party.

    December 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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