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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soundoff (1,676 Responses)
  1. Jaime in Florida

    Sounds like Karl Rove may ask the Pope to name him a Saint.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. capnmike

    We, and the world at large, will all be better off when this dirtbag and his cronies, including Bush, are locked away in the prison cell they so richly deserve.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Bob Morgan

    But I do accept Karl Rove as being the Prince of Darkness

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. RepublicanFromDC

    Yeah, like we'd care what you say. Fox News will. Not us. You are a crook, Karl Rove

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Henry E. Lowe

    Karl can certainly add my name to his list. I've despised GW Bush, Dick Cheney, Dumb Rumsfeld, and Karl Rove and company since day one! They're ALL criminals who should be bankrupted, frog marched to the Hague and tried for war crimes, afterwhich they should be "Saddam-ized". I'm outraged at the lack of outrage in this country, NOBODY is calling for the Bush mis-administration's being held accountable for the mess this country is in.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. John

    Joseph McCarthy had a list as well.
    This man shouldn'tget millions for writting lies he should get a prison sentence.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Candy

    Simon and Schuster should be shaking in their boots. They were hoping to preempt Bush's horror stories and may end up having to eat up the $1.5M advance. Karl must be worried that his book is not going to sell to have to send out this earth-shaking, nerve-racking 'outing' story. This guy is even more incredible than his boss. At least Bush is laying low and is eager to retire to his million$ homes in Texas.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. POD, Atlantic City NJ

    The clueless defending the brainless by outing the senseless......who cares?

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Well, you should call a spade a spade... He was not a good president for the people and Rove helped that to become a reality.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Kate - Minneapolis

    With the way things are now Rove's book is going to look like a phone book of half the US population.

    December 8, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Lee

    Democrats should get out of their circle jerk of hate and they might learn something about the crooked people who represent them.

    Sub-prime debacle can be laid at the feet of the bleeding heart Dems who insisted on lending money to people who had no chance in hell of paying it back! Dodd, Schumer, Frank, et al!!

    December 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Joe Nevada

    Rove, is another Bush, administration DOUCHE BAG....SHUT UP ROVE you are a certified idiot.

    Bush, un-veiled a picture of himself that he wants hung in the White House after he is gone in 42 more days...He has it hanging next to one of Lincoln.

    And he is comparing himelf to Lincoln..

    BUSH would not make a PIMPLE on Lincolns BUTT.

    December 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. cile/fairhiope, al

    I'd say they were ahead of the curve. The already knew how incompetent Bush and his bunch were. They need a medal or somethimg. Come on Karl tell us who they are so we can honor them. You total jerk! Go away and take Bush and company with you!

    December 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Pete Caloger

    If ever there were a book not to buy, this is it. Why would we reward such a foul man with a best-seller? Oh, but we will.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Robert Foetsch

    You have got to be kidding me. I'll name the name of the biggest buffoon in politics, who did every thing he could, no holds barred, to seat the worst president this country has ever seen. Karl Rove. Name all the names you one cares what you think

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Sam L - Washington, DC

    Btw, I'll give Rove one thing – he's a genius when it comes to getting someone elected.

    Maybe his next book should be "How to win elections for dummies"

    I'll buy one of those.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Janet

    name me please!

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. kelly thompson, staten island, ny

    Hey, Tommy F.; i'm a liberal and you never met me. but seems you have no problems lumping us liberals all together and making generalizations. Tommy, wake up, you've been lied to, start reading something other than People magazine and you will know all the bad Rove has done to our country.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Rory

    It was not Richard Armitage that leaked Plame's name, it was Robert Novak and other OWM of the Washington Estab.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Mr. Rove should be more worried about other members of that administration naming names. You know, names and deeds of those who broke the law.

    December 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. incredulous

    Poor, Karl. I had no idea he was so sensitive. I'm sure no one else did either or they wouldn't have been so mean to him. Just more proof he was in the wrong job, and should have resigned a long time ago. Before he unknowingly did so much damage himself to the presidency. Maybe his next book will reveal the names we are all waiting to hear. You know who they are, Karl, the other conspirators.

    December 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Robin

    Name ME Karl! I never did and never WILL accept Bush as a legitimate leader of anything except his own personal agenda. He never cared about the citizens of this country! Karl, you, "DUbyuh" Cheney (the TRUE crook in this regime) can all walk off into the sunset as THE WORST, POOREST EXCUSE of a "presidental administration" EVER!

    December 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Matt in Oregon

    So this will basically read like the phone book.

    December 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. JB

    name me too, then take your book and put it where the sun don't shine

    December 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. mary

    of course this will make NO difference, because a person with ethics is considered 'outside' in DC... bambi is NOT qualified to be a dishwasher in the WH, much less head of the free world.... you libs commenting here with your "feelings" and NO facts whatsoever, bemoan those of us who believe bambi is NOT our president... "give him a chance"... I will give him the same respect and chance you gave the last President...


    December 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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