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. Susan D

    Who's whining now? As usual, a Republican administration leaves us with a big mess; and Karl and his cohorts will try to place the blame for the consequences of their policies on the dissenters and the new President. And now, the Republicans are angry? I don't believe that those who voted to re-elect Bush to a second term have any reason or right to be angry at anyone except for themselves and the GOP.

    December 8, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Tony Papadopoulos

    Obviously there was a lot of opposition to Bush being president. This man was never qualified to be president (I wouldn't trust him running a gas station!) so I'm completely not suprised to learn that Bush and his administration we not recieved well in Washington. Rove naming names will only show how much people really were not comfortable with this guy and it still shocks me that the American people voted this obviously incompetent President not once but twice! Let Bush, Rove, and all their counterparts say what they want, but the fact remains. George Bush was a complete disaster.

    December 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Woodman

    Make sure to add my name to the book, Karl.

    December 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Wanted Poster

    I should write a book about one of the most hated Americans ever,Carl Rove.You never hear any MSM reporters with any guts,come out and say just how much hate there is out here for these crooks.

    December 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. LP

    Karl, go tell it to Hannity nobody here wants to hear it!!

    December 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. bill, alabama

    This country and its citizens should boycott and not buy this book as it rewards one of the meanest, most cowardly individuals to ever enter the American polical scene.

    Don't buy the book and let the publisher eat the losses. That way they will stop publishing "tell all" books from ex-Washington insiders.

    December 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Keith in CA

    I can't help but wonder if Rove actually believes his own garbage. I think the only reason this dirtbag hasn't been brought up on charges is because where this side of Hell would they find a jury of his peers.

    December 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Rhonda

    He would be better off saving paper and ink by naming the 4 people that like him. Come on!! It's cheaper. We are in a recession, right Rove?

    December 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Joyce in Indiana

    Karl Rove is the anti-Christ.

    Add my name to the list, you jerk!

    December 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. hozo1

    What is interesting about Rove is now you are seeing first hand what drove the Bush meanness and paranoia ... and unbelievable insecurity of non-acceptance by the establishment ... us against them in its worst form. This resulted in regressive decisions that have set this country back years in economic, diplomatic and humanistic terms.
    Of course, no one will actually care what Karl has to say as it is always tainted with 'spin' of the most vile kind. You reap what you sow and their time has come. The shame is we all have to pay the price.

    December 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Ike

    The title of his book should be: Tales from the Dark Side.

    This man is creepier than Darth Vader and the Emperor combined – God help us...

    December 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. big papa

    I ain't worried 'bout no Rove bestseller...

    Most Bush-whacked-out confederates can't read no way...

    Ever'body knows...

    ...anybody who's anybody hates Bush and Rove anyway...

    December 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Brain in DC

    Is this a last attempt to make money before hiding back in TX? Is this what a Washington outsider does?? Please go home and turn off the lights, it's a new era in DC.

    December 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Mike T. Vaughn

    It's Amazing How In the Picture Rove is pointing his finger and 4 are pointing back at him, It is truely sad how we give idiots so much press time........You have that much time to waste, why not cover another Idiot.......soon OJ Simpson's Tell All Book " The Juice Got Juiced Everyday by Bubba In Prison"!!!!!!!! Or Rove does a Hair commercial about his Bald head slipping off pillows at night!!!!! Or This Idiot Bush in a Book " I Wonder If I tell One more Lie will anyone believe me?????

    December 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Biff

    I am truly stunned at the defense of the last eight years that the conned-servatives are offering up. It is literally a litany of talking points, straw-man agruments, half-truths, and innuendo to collective stick their heads in the sand as to what really happened, while creating an alternative reality that boils down to three basic arguments regarding all "bad" things
    1) it was Bill Clinton's fault
    2) it was the 1-term Democratic congress' fault
    3) (this is my favorite).. the DEMOCRATS did it TOO argument.
    (as if that gives them cover up for screwing up NOW)... SIGH..

    December 8, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Kristina, Seattle

    Yeah... I have some choice "names" for Rove, too. ha

    December 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Michael, Houston Texas

    He said he would name people who never looked at Bush as a "legitimate commander and chief"??????? How many people voted for Obama????? Over 65 million!!!!!!! That is going to be a very long list of names. Karl Rove, be quiet, go away and stop with the 15 minutes of fame crap before you end up lik O.J., a dummy who should have shut his mouth and left the country after getting away with murder...........literally!

    December 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Dave

    KARL ROVE!!!!....What a JOKE!!! Guess he did NOT get the memo that the Republican party has been DEAD for YEARS!!!!!!!

    December 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists....a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Janice Illinois

    If your names in it, you will be traitor, liar, killer, leach, weasel, and if all goes well, Mud.

    December 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Reyes, Palm Springs, California

    Is anyone trembling yet? Karl Rove is irrelevant. The sad thing is that he doesn't even realize how irrelevant he is. Poor Karl. Ooops.. I think I may have just made his list.

    December 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Joe Yeager

    Spit 'em up, Cowboy.

    December 8, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Jack

    Karl Rove 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.

    Well surprise Karl, could it be that they never accepted him because he was never elected the 1st time around but, had to be appointed by the Supreme Court judges appointed to their jobs by senior Bush.

    Name those names because we should give them medals of courage.

    December 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Roland

    Rove . . . when is Bush going to pardon you? Time is short!

    December 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. Yusuf

    Left wing fools Bambi? How much Kool-Aid have you been drinking from the GOP tap? It is abundantly clear that things have tumbled far down hill in the past 8 years, but I know you want to blame that on Clinton who left office at the turn of the Millennium (with a surplus, great economy and America still liked around the world I might add). Bush has acted like the international brat who threw a temper tantrum that called countries names like “Axis of Evil” and hollered “bring ‘em on” like daddies little cowboy. We invaded a country that did not attack us like a kid throwing his crayons at other kids because they were “bad”. He also allowed tortures and insults to other country’s intelligent abstinence from our foolish endeavors (remember freedom fries). We have moved away from the principles of America’s foundation and have become a house for daddies little spoiled child and it has brought us international scorn and less security (thus the international celebration when Obama won). God bless the day he leaves office in January.

    December 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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