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. Kevin

    People who resisted Bush's "leadership"?!? Let Rove name names. I pre-emptively nominate them as national heroes and only wish they'd resisted a heck of a lot harder than they apparently did.

    Thank God America–we have somehow survived an 8 year long national nightmare. Hopefully, when our new president is inaugurated, and Bush's pardon power is revoked, some genuine patriots will start naming names and the indictments will start flowing. America needs to move forward, and it can start by putting Bush administration criminals like Rove behind bars.

    December 8, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Maggie Muggins

    This little piggie went wee wee wee all the way home. Fox news is the only place in the world where this character fits in.

    December 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Dink

    Chris December 8th, 2008 1:09 pm ET

    Ohhh it all makes sense now!

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

    This is all that has to be said...well put Chris!

    December 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Jos/TN

    les, policticans forget that it is government for the people by the people, and Bush #43 forgot that premise out of the gate

    December 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Western Voter

    When the roll is called up yonder... add my name Karl, please!

    December 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. David Ti

    Hey Karl, put my name down as one of those people that still thinks Dubya was sworn in illegitimately, and only won 'reelection' because we were at war. This shows why Karl Rove will be forever shown as the cause of the Republicans' downfall – always attacking, never working in a statesman-like, bipartisan manner. Is he going to discuss in his book how everyone tried to work with the president after 9/11. Is he going to discuss how they cherry-picked evidence to go to war with Iraq? Or how he continued his plan to bankrupt the government so that social programs would be cut? I doubt this self lovefest he calls a book will have any descriptions of the wrinkles of the Bush administration.

    December 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    I find it terribly hypocritical that the Democrat drones were salivating like starving dogs when the Scott McClellan book was published. McClellan went out and hit every liberal talk and television show out there. Yet, when they hear about a Karl Rove book being published actually supporting President Bush they decry mudslinging and don't want to hear any of his "lies".

    December 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Curtis

    Well Karl, you can add me to the list of heros.

    December 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Brian Patrick

    The only names that Rove and his thug cronies should be naming are the other inmates on their cellblock. The actions of Rove, Libby, Cheney et all have done nothing but tarnish the name and image of the US, while enriching their fat cat friends at KBR, Halliburton and various defense contractors. The only two good things to be said about this adminstration are that it will be over in a month, and they were at least smarter about their thuggery and graft than previous adminstrations they can be compared to, such as Nixon.

    December 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Barry

    Ah Karl, Methinks thou doest protest too much.

    December 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Casey

    Is he trying to make these people heroes?

    December 8, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. F Miller

    Is it too late for him to get the 2008 medal of freedom? If there's still time, he can join his friends Paul Bremer, Tommy Franks, George Tenet, Donald Rumsfeld.

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. jsokol

    As much as I despise Karl Rove, he does have a point about Richard Armitage. Whoever outed Valerie Plame should go to jail.

    Also Valerie Plame was one of the good guys trying to straigten out the bad intel that was being cooked by Rove's Army of Neo-cons.

    This cooked intel got us into Iraq. Something that Bush now regrets.

    Deeply Ironic, if this wasn't tantamount to a war crime.

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Rick

    He is going to name names of people that never accepted "W" as a legitimate President and Commander-in-Chief ... what will he call it called, "Mensa – The Washington, DC Chapter"?

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Daniel

    Just like when he named the name Valerie Plame

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Who cares what Karl Rove thinks? Bush was not our legitimate president. We the people didn't choose him, the supreme court did.

    Wonder if Rove covered in his book how he turned the GOP into the party of sleazy divisive hatefulness. Doubt it.

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. lbjack

    Of course co-presidents Rove and Cheney and their stooge Bush were not accepted by Washington. They stole the 2000 election and subjected the nation to eight years of ruin, plunder and world obloquy, by the most corrupt and incompetent administration in American history. Sure, they deserve to be insiders - in a penitentiary.

    December 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Davey

    Republicans = fear, deception and innuendo = KarlRove
    Democrats = hope, change = Barack Obama

    December 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. blah!

    May the bird of paradise fly up his nose!!

    go far far far far away Rove.

    December 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Dan Woodrow

    Karl Rove is a sad, overweight, angry man. He'll be laughed at by future generations for decades. Go fade away somewhere, Karl. Spend your money on bon bons and hookers.

    December 8, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Ken

    What a bunch of wishy-washy fluff, trying to find any excuse he can for puppeteering the worst presidential failure in a century. Its just more of the now-familiar deflect blame at-all-costs....don't take any personal responsibility. We can now see where Bush got that trait from.

    Whoever Rove names, they should be placed on the candidate list for sainthood.

    December 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. David

    This is only a promotional stunt to stir up interest in an effort to bring in more money for his book. It's just like the Bush administration to try and sell 'public' information to the public about their own government. The names we want named will be provided free of charge during the congressional hearings, that will put many of these crooks behind bars.

    December 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. daliz

    Why should everyone have accepted George Bush as their president? In his position as office holder, he made no attempt to be a president for all people. His politicization of the justice department is only one of many examples where he attempted to exclude loyal Americans. Because of his total partisan politics, Bush and his advisers made it impossible for many people to accept him as their president. The brilliant and respected historian, Kevin Phillips, was on C-span yesterday talking about how grossly unqualified Bush had been for the job. So if Rove's list includes such notable persons, it should be an honor to be named in such a way.

    December 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Dave

    The only way we're going to stop this kind of ridiculous and divisive behavior is to boycott any book coming from Rove and others like him.

    December 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Karl Rove. Mr. Bush's little puppet. Who the heck wants to hear from you now. Not me or anyone I know.

    December 8, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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