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. sandee in Portland

    I wouldn't believe one thing this guy says, whether he puts it in a book or not. Now he's going to try to make us believe he and the Bush regime were mavericks and the reason we're in the shape we're in is because they were such outsiders that they couldn't get anyone to go along with their wishes. This, after all the lies he's repeatedly said. Go figure, his party still believes if you say it often enough, the public will believe it.

    December 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Ken

    @Anthony: You are the epitome of a neo-dimwit. It looks like the rightwing's inability to take responsibility for their own miscues and failures is a genetic disorder which doesn't allow your ego, personality and reasoning ability to mature beyond that of a 9-year old. Its: Clinton's fault, the media's fault, the hurricane's fault, the terrorists' fault,.......always somebody else's fault. It must be nice to live in such a fairytale world, detached from reality, never needing to take any personal responsibility. Nice for you, Rove, and Bush......but not so nice for the rest of us that are now left to clean up YOUR mess.

    You and your ilk have the same chickens–t personalty as your leader who, as a younger man, went around vigorously promoting the Vietnam war within the safe confines of his college campus, and then upon graduation ran and hid from stepping up and contributing to the war effort he so gleefully promoted to others. It takes a pathetically delusional person and political party to elect that type of disgraceful behavior into the presidency.

    December 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Sandy in Texas

    Maybe people never accepted Bush as the legitimate president because he wasn't. He was only president thanks to the Supreme Court stopping the counting of votes in Florida.

    December 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. MAJ

    The first name on Rove's list who did not accept Bush as a legitimate president is VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY! Am I right Karl?!!

    December 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    The country would have been better off if NO ONE had accepted GWB as commander-in-chief. Karl's list is going to be awfully long.

    America to the "Brain": Get out of Washington and never come back.

    December 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Carl Rove is the scum of the earth. He exemplifies everything that is evil and wrong with politics today. It would be lovely if he would promptly go away after January, but I'm sure there will be plenty of media outlets for him to sponge money out of.

    December 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. jason

    Two words describe this man: Rove Politics. They didn't name the dirty style of campaigning after him for nothing. Even during the McCain campaign's darker hours, they were accused of resorting to "Rove politics".

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Walter, Long Beach

    At least Marin Bormann had the decency to quietly disappear.

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. kww

    Karl Rove is Joe McCarthy incarnate. He, Bush,Cheney, David Addington, John Yoo and every member of their lying, theiving administration should be in prison for the rest of their worthless lives for treason.

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Gil

    Hmmm...sounds like an "enemies list" to me. I wonder which other President had such a list...Nixon? Karl, does Richard Nixon ring a bell?

    Contrast Rove's behavior with Obama's toward Lieberman and Hilary Clinton. We'll all be so glad when January 20, 2009 finally arrives!

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. peter the great hlady

    who cares.move on .besides he is a big loser along with the rest of the rats.....peter the great

    December 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Ben

    I'm confused here. Shouldn't he be in prison already?

    December 8, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Sorry, Rove, the reason a LOT of people didn't accept him as President was that he really didn't win the election in 2000, and did a crummy job all 8 years since the Supreme Court gave him the election. He's been one of the worst in our history. And the fact that you are "naming names" just is sour grapes on your part because your attempt to get McCain elected using the same tactics didn't work this time. You are the "man behind the curtain" and just like the Wizard of Oz, you are not mighty and powerful, but just a two-bit hussler that took advantage of the people of this land with your slight of hand and king-building. Go home, shut up, and give us all a break!

    December 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Allison R.

    I didn't know anyone accepted him as a legitimate commander-in-chief.

    December 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Smarter than the average bear

    Pick Me!

    December 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Dan

    Karl Rove is a great American.

    December 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. tony long

    i will not believe a word this man says not will i be part of giving him my money....what a cry baby.

    December 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. MikeH

    Another example of CNN's fawning sycophancy to the far right extremists.

    CNN doesn't have the gonads to tell their money-masters that they, CNN, are going to start reporting responsibly on people like Rove, because its the right thing to do.

    December 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. MichaelB

    Rove should just go away. Did *anyone* believe Bush was a legitimate president?

    December 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. BobC

    What is Stephen smoking?????????????????????????? One good laugh deserves another. As a public service I am repeating this whackjob's comment in case you missed it the first time. Thanks, Stephen! Keep the laughs coming - and keep on smokin' what you be smokin', dude!!!

    December 8th, 2008 2:32 pm ET

    In 2 years or less…. We will have experienced the un-experienced running the country in President Barrak "Delona-Hussein" "Obama-Clinton". His ideas are from the past, using a staff of old Clinton administration folks. All Washington establishment all……. By the way. 9/11 happened after 9 months of President Bush's presidency (and 8 years of Clinton being in control with no idea what was beyond "I did not have sex with that woman….. BUT after 7.3/4 years of President Bush there has be NO attacked on US soil. Thank you !!! President Bush…

    December 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. elizabeth

    Who in the world would believe anything that Karl Rove said?

    December 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Joe Green

    Rove is irrelevant.

    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. The Smart Ones

    We know Bush is the worst modern day president........ and now Rove wants to name names of those in Wash DC that did not stand behind their man? Give me a break. Those were the smart ones perhaps. Let' face it, Rove was part of the Bush hack jobs...they are all a bunch of neo-con losers.

    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Truth Hurts


    Why would you even give him some news time!! He is irrelevant!! I will be waiting for the day when Karl Rove, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield be indicted for war crimes, genocide, stealing and fraud!!

    I will do a citizen arrest on all of them!!

    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. weh

    What won't $1.5M buy???? This Cox's news interview is nothing more than a publicity stunt to stomp for his book. You go Karl, America loves ya!..................NOT!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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