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. vince

    So he is going to release the names of CIA operatives in the middle east?


    December 8, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. john g

    Why bother nobody accepted Rove as true patriot.

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Omi Cantor

    Ugly to the core- He is , was and always will be a poor excuse for a human being. He personifies all that is dishornorable in politics and certainly gives Texas and the Republican patry a well diserved bad name.

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. barfly

    Just like the rest of his buddies in the Bush Adm..Blame everybody except yourself. These guys will never learn.......

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. E_Ely

    Karl Rove's is a blow-hard ego maniac . I hope no one buys his book – I think it will be great to relegate him to yesterday's news. There is no way he could be as interesting as he thinks he is.

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Matt

    It is hard to trust what Rove will say... After all he has protected Bush and company for the last 8 years...

    Even though Bush has essentially checked out months ago, I am concerned that he is going to set some things in motion to mess up Obama's term... There is already proof of this...

    With all of the problems this country is facing, it would be nice if there were some concern about doing something. But that is not likely to happen until after January 20.

    It is hard to soar with eagles when you are working with turkeys...

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. turaremia s ferguson

    Whoever didn't accept Bush as president should be lauded.
    No individual in our brief history as a nation has done more to harm our country. This includes those of other nations who have meant us harm.

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Dave Paltrow

    You tell 'em, Karl. I hope Scott McClellan is on that list. Say howdy to W and Alberto Gonzalez for me..

    December 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Bill in Ct.

    Ah Karl, when are you going to tell all about the governor of Alabama you and your neo-cons lied on and help lock him up, there's a story we would like to read. Karl Rove needs to be in jail for war crimes and political crimes. Faces of EVIL: BUSH, CHANEY, ROVE, RICE, HANNITY, RUSH, and most of the FOX NEWS channel members.

    December 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. GA Independent

    Goodness, we're all holding our breath to hear this...

    Guess he's not making enough at Fox. Or he wanted to get the book written and published to help raise money cuz he knows he's going to need a real lawyer...

    December 8, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. wfk

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Better yet how could anyone trust what he says.

    December 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. arivera

    Rove is the consummate liar. He and his crew are trying to rewrite history, sorry Karl we were there. There were only a few who dared to withhold support for these criminals. They will be remembered as heroes. Every demographic is showing a shift away from this hate based politics. Sorry Sarah, you are losing your audience.

    December 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Gregory

    Smack, bang, pow

    December 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Joe Band

    You are all a bunch of stupid Dumacrats... Go on blame all your troubles on George... You wait history is going to have him as one of the greatest Presidents of all time...

    December 8, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Roger

    Karl Rove and Bush stopped at nothing to undermine John McCain in 2000, denying him a well-earned place in American history. But instead of having a real Republican leader in the White House, we got Boy George foisted on us by this snake oil salesman. My fear is that the revisionist history of the Bush presidency now being written will somehow find a niche in the American consciousness. It's the books by Turdboy and others of his ilk that will attempt to perpetuate the myth that Boy George was a great president. I won't buy that for a second and nether should anyone else.

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. janette

    I cannot believe this man is for real or that a publisher is actually paying him millions for this worthless junk.

    Who in the world cares who these people are? And do they care?. I never watched Bush speak for the 8 years he was in office, I just can't stomach the lot of you, Karl.

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. RinFL

    The re-telling of history by Rove will be an interesting fiction I am sure.
    My guess is that Bush was never accepted as a legitimate commander-in-chief because,…ugh..well…ugh…..Florida 2000?
    Besides every one knows that Cheny pulled the strings from his "undisclosed locations".

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. John

    Oh WOW Karl, I can hardly wait!

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Gangelt

    If you purchace this book you are contributing to the idiots of this administration. Carl Rove should be in prison for what he has done.

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. HSNP

    We here in Arkansas couldn't be happier that George W. Bush, and his father before him, have made our Native Son, one Bill Clinton (who has plenty of faults, mind you), a virtual Planetary Hero. Karl, you and your ilk can carry all of your bluster and arrogance straight back to Texas and stay there!! The Republican Party is morally bankrupt and that is now plain for all to see. It's been a long time coming!

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. 2manyLibs

    As much as you want to blame Rove, Bush and anyone else, pull your head out and look at Dodd he is the one that got us in to this mess.

    December 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. David

    Karl just continues to write the history of the worst presidency in history and his reality is that he was part of this terrible, misguided, misinformed, and arrogant office.

    December 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. megan

    Name the names you evil, treasonous, fool. You will only serve to make those people heroes in the minds of the American public. Have you checked your bosses approval ratings? They are through the floor, not because the US is made up of Washington insiders, but because he has driven this great nation into the ground. 9/11, hurricane Katrina, endless war in Iraq, crumbling infastructure, and crumbling economy. Sound familiar? Maybe you should read your subpoenas and figure out why Bush is so unpopular.

    December 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Maggie SC

    There is just too much of the youy scratch my back and I' ll scratch yours mentality in the world anyway, Mister Rove. If people did their job or were hired on their owna bility our world would be a better place. Too many peopel in the White House or elsewhere are noit the smartes just becasue they made it to Washington, it is more like who knows whom. Even our children have better qualities and loyalities that the ones making rules in our Congress and government. I just hope America wakes up and see the real enemies among us, among our society.

    December 8, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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