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. michael, AZ

    Rove is irrelevant and a proven liar who has no ethics. He was the mastermind behind one of the worst , most secretive, and most damaging administrations ever. What he says is of little significance to anyone and I doubt anyone is listening.

    December 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. JB, Nashville, TN

    Don't we all pretty much agree Bush wasn't a legit commander in chief? Especially the first election he stole? If that's the case, Karl, add my name to your book!

    December 8, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Janetlaw

    Oh, boo-frickin-hoo, Karl – I am SOOOOOO scared. Just put your tail between your legs and get the hell outta here.

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. bill

    if rove wants to name names.well we are ready to hear.but why wont he answer congress suppena.THIS MAN IS GEORGE W BUSHES BRAIN.WELL THAT SAYS A LOT.SINCE BUSHES HEAD IS EMPTY .just like the rest of bushes maffia.1.5 million for a book this looser wrote .not in this liftime

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Bubba

    Can you put my name in there as one who never accepted Bush as legit? I would consider it a badge of honor.

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Chicago guy

    I'm a little bit sad at how childish so many of the comments, here, are. Like Rove or not, he's an intelligent man with an interesting point. Our country was more divided then ever politically coming out of the actions and rhetoric of the Clinton era. And while Democrats and Republicans share responsibility for this, the press has shown extreme bias in their stance.

    It just saddens me that instead of disagreeing with an individual, so many resort to spouting of a junior high playground.

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Brian

    ya just gotta laugh...

    naming names legitimizes the fact the the bush administration was a joke from day one... and those that had the courage to disrail or challenge kind dunderhead's administration– should be publicly hailed as heroes.

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Jim in Fllorida

    Goodness, just look at the bile and hatred from the political Left for Karl Rove. CNN

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Nat

    Anybody in the white except this moron and the bigger moron (GWB).

    Free at last, Free at last, thank God almighty we are free of BUSH.

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Jerry Green

    The vermin descended on Washington in 2001 and were set upon by the leftover vermin from the last Republican administrations. Who cares about naming rats as long as the exterminator is coming?

    December 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. christabel jeffers

    need I say more ? Karl Rove , Rush, and the rest of them should be brought before a tribune and be seversly punished for the calamities of the world today

    December 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Brandon

    so it begins – the rove attempt to re-write history. Just like that slime ball kissinger. rove is going to show how bush wasn't accepted? Does he mean by the republicon majority in both houses that rubber stamped his entire agenda? Or does he mean after it became so painfully apparent that rove and bush and the entire crime syndicate they were part of was ruining America? rove is scum. If you give him print it just adds weight to his lies against the Untied States. And he was in part behind the outing of PLame, and a whole host of other crimes. Vermin.

    December 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Gator Man

    I guess the book is a CD of the US phone book. The lies and the treason belong to the ones who followed these two idiots.

    December 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. jay

    I guess you all know that Bush stole the election because you heard it somewhere and kept repeating it until it became fact in your little minds. I would love for anyone to show some kind of evidence that Bush stole the election. 911 was an inside job too I guess.

    People who are blinded by hatred of a person should not be given the time of day to comment on politics since it it evident that their grasp of issues is weak at best. (Being blinded by pure worship is just as bad, i.e. Obama).

    People will read Rove's book and I doubt he is a "looser" or even a loser.

    December 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. C Spurgeon

    What an ego pig. Bad, Bad, Bad, Who cares what this man thinks or says. Let them all go back to Texas.

    December 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. BGL

    I hate to burst Mr. Rove's bubble, but I know plenty of people who do not believe, and have never believed that Bush was the man who won the 2000 election. So, I 'm pretty sure that there were those in Washington who didn't believe it either. He's going to 'name names'. So what? Name them; but what people really want to know is what he, and the rest of Bush's liars will never tell them. I really can't name all the things that I have heard people say they want the real answers to, but I know everything will be done by Bush, and his people to conceal the truth. So, name your names, but no one cares, because no one wants to listen to you lie anymore.

    December 8, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Richard Hagen

    Anyone who is not a friend of the Bush/Chaney/Rove Administration is a freind of mine and a friend of the United States. Not to mention probably an intelligent perceptive person.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Brian

    whos cox news ?
    Are the Children in charge at CNN.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. melanie

    Why isn't Karl Rove in jail?
    What happened to that subpoena?

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Nat

    Free at last, Free at last, thank God almighty we are free of BUSH.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Sharon Kitchen

    oh my...........should we worry now, buy the will add to the $ you make.....let's see.......who will you out........wonder if they then will write a book...........who will they out.....that book I'll buy.
    Can Rove get such books in jail? He will need one.........Maybe Cheney and Rove could share a cell........might even have room for bush......wait.....he might like to room with gonzales.......maybe they would all like to visit gitmo......oh that's were the "non-torture"...yeh right......takes place........but it might be shut down. As it should be .....
    Oh well.......................................stay tuned..........the ongoing saga.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Holly in Albuquerque

    "Karl Rove is a great American." Dan December 8th, 2008 2:38 pm


    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Tim

    I see the left is alive on CNN, I am glad the media got you a president
    elected and history will tell what kind of people, do not their own research.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Ken in Dallas


    Obama is a Constitutional Law scholar and professor, has 12 years' experience as a legislator, and presents a calm, thoughtful demeanor.

    Bush is a cheerleader, an unsuccessful business man, and formar governor of a state in which the governor has no real duties.

    Which of these men do you really think has more experience that might be useful in governing the USA?

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Mel Springfield, Oregon

    Walter, et. all, Rove has been right on the money all the time in his analysis. You guys just don't want to hear it because you'd rather hear the fluff and stuff the Obamas are spinning.
    It'll be interesting to see who you can blame when the Obama regime can't get anything done even though they own the house, senate and congress.

    December 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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