December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Rove vows to 'name names'

Rove says he will name his enemies in a new book.

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. Darrell - WI

    Go home turd-blossom.

    December 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. CSD

    Fat little pig man, squealing like the swine that he is. Nauseating excuse for a human being.

    December 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. HouseDiva

    i guess Karl doesn't remember all those protesters throwing eggs at Bush"s limo while chanting "Hail to the thief" on Bush's inauguration day in 2000, and that was before "free speech zones" were made law.

    December 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Tit for Tat baby.....Get over it !!

    December 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Wendy Stevens

    Be afraid, be very afraid!!!!

    December 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Shane

    Bush's presidency was completely illegitimate. Go ahead, Karl, name those names... and add mine to the list while you're at it.

    December 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Jack Herman

    Oh brother! Once again this fat-headed burp tries to put a spin on nothing. So what? Karl did the fact ever enter into you tangled mind that there are good reasons why many, if not most, people in Washington and the rest of the country did not accept the legitimacy of the Bush presidency? Theft is not a legitimate claim to ownership—or is that principle beyond your thinking, Karl?

    Jack in France

    December 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. julie

    aside from the obvious fact that rove is inconsequential and irrelevant, his book only fuels my hatred for this administration individually and as a whole. it makes me feel even better about how i voted and to whom i lent my support. this past election was my first and i can't express how proud i am that i contributed to this election, as opposed to the "elections" in 2000 and 2004.
    as a first time voter i really wanted to make an informed decision so i did my research, and anthony, it seems as though you need to do yours. it's so sad that people still choose to be so ignorant and self-centered in a time of political, economic, and social disorder and confusion such as this. i'm glad, anthony, that you were able to do so well under the bush administration but have you ever given thought to the rest of the country (in fact, the majority of the country)? we, as americans, need to take into consideration the lives of others, as well as our own. we need to take back control over the future of OUR country. the only thing we as voters can do is educate ourselves. i suggest you look into that, anthony.

    December 8, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Greg Hodges

    Rove is trying to create revisionist history before Bush even leaves office. His giant ego is staring down the barrel of true historians; who will no doubt consign the last 8 years as a total failure.As the "brains" behind gettint olde W. in the W

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Ginny

    To the idiots screaming that Bush was never their president, well the slimeball you just elected by hook or crook will never be my president. And that probably goes for a huge portion of the population. And I look forward to your whining and crying, when the financial windfall he promised the freeloaders of our failed society does not quite work out for you. A total welfare state will never work in this country. If you sell your SUV that you can barely afford, then you could pay for your own health insurance. It is a matter of priorities.

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. A Nelson

    Here Karl,
    please add my name to the list of those who "never accepted the president as a legitimate commander-in-chief":

    Andy Nelson
    Chicago, Illinois


    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    tess, are you honestly this clueless or are you just pulling our legs?

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Big Ed

    Yada, yada, yada. Get over yourself. Karl Rove is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. People didn;t line up behind President Bush for a reason; actually several reasons – most of them if not illegal were certtianly unethical and unconstitutional.

    Karl can't stand to be yesterday's news. You can put perfume on dog doo, but when the perfume disapates, you still have dog doo.

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Ella

    karl Rove's book will sell because he said he will "name names". I'm not impressed. George Bush was not greatly accepted in WDC and other parts of the US, because everyone knows that Florida cheated and lied regarding their ballots. The Supreme Court (majority republicans) selected George Bush to be President. This was unconstitutional; the people should have been allowed to vote again. There was enough time between the November vote date and January 20, the inauguration date, to revote and count the votes. His reelection was caused by Ohio–a republican state. My friends and I were discussing which state would tamper with it's voting ballots in order for Bush to win. None of us guessed Ohio, but we believed it would not be Florida again–it would be too obvious. Sorry Karl, but, George Bush has not clearly won the Presidency. He managed to fail three companies; what would make people think he could run a country? Each time he opened his mouth to speak, I expected to see a snake's tongue whip out. He and his comrades misled the people of America. His and his comrades legacies will be sad and sorrowful.

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Kristina

    get over yourself Rove... you are the epitome of a true WEASEL, and it's too late to redeem yourself... time to pack it in, your 15 minutes of fame are officially over

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. John Huff

    Who cares!

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. David

    Rove, you're a loser.

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Leo

    What a waste of good paper. Is that the same publisher who did OJ's book?

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. JimZ

    Why would Karl Rove be surprised that there would be people in Washington that did not accept George Bush as a "legitimate commander-in-chief". After the 2000 elections, half the people in the United States would agree that Bush was illegitimate.

    December 8, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. DX in TX

    Where is Van Helsing when you need him....

    December 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Debbie

    Karl Rove is the guy who STILL talks about getting "beat up by a Catholic girl" when he was a child of what, 9? He's one of those nameless rabble of victims (credit: A Christmas Story) who's spent his adult life getting even. I wish all these Bushistas a long, happy life – out of the public eye.

    December 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. christabel jeffers

    tess, bill m, what will it take to open your blind eyes? nothing it seems so keep sleeping

    December 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    Like Bush Carl Rove is one of those people that tells everything you need to know about someone by the way they respond when his name is mentioned. Some of the nasty most vile people on this planet end up exposing who they really are when his name is mentioned.

    December 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Independent in NC

    Frankly, I don't think Bush is going to go down as the worst President in history. Like him or not, he has dealt with an unprecedented number of crises in the last 8 years, many of which no other President has faced. It will be interesting to see how history views him in 30 years.

    I'm not a Rove fan, but it will be interesting to the see his account of how much scheming and undermining was done, as well as the responses to his claims. It's funny, everyone says they voted for change, but they're ready to build statues in honor of people who did typical Washington BS and kept our nation from moving forward, all because they don't like Bush. So much for working together.

    December 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Webster

    Definition of illegitimate election – when your candidate loses.

    December 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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