December 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
9 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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  1. Bob Lipsett Sr. North Attleboro, MA. 02760

    I guess everyone forgot that "W" dad called to ask Dear ole slimeball to take his son under his wing and teach him how to win election.. To start the slime rolling it was the Gov. race in Texas, when they slimed Ann Richards name into the ground to win the govenors race. Then to be relected by telling all that he wouldn't run for Prez. While Slimeball introduced "Boy George" to the Missouri Republicans in 1998 as the next POTUS, They all said "Who is this emply suit" Don't look now but Karl the slime ball has completely crashed this country. His "Hero" was mr. Deregulation himself Ronnie and the shinning house on the hill with out rules and only free traders.

    Just watch Mel Martinzes drops his bid for reelection to make way for "Good GUY Jeb " to smooth over the past history of Geogie Boy disaster of 8 years of brain dead administration that this free trade was supposed to make America stronger/

    December 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Sohail

    Now that's funny right there!!! I don't care who you are. That's funny right there!!!

    December 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Proud to be American

    Who cares Rove is the Dr. that created Frankingstein <== Modern day Bush....

    December 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. creeping

    It will be interesting but it won't matter, the same corrupt, clueless, one-worlders who refused to let the Bush administration stamp out Islamic terrorists and created the lowest ratings in Congressional history (yes that would be the Dems after they took control) are now in charge and led by a Alinsky-trained socialist who lies even to his own supporters and is lining his cabinet with centrists to hide his inevitable implementation of socialism

    December 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Daryl from Seattle

    I have no pity for Karl Rove and his complaints about protesters. What he did was help to establish an evil entity in the world and to help him gain power enough to hold the entire planet hostage. There is no justification for that.

    December 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Clint Schramm

    What a shame, the "Architect" is going to "name, names".
    Shall we send him a crying towel or shall we name a special prosecutor to investigate Mr. Roves' directives over the last 8 + years as he goes on the offensive to protect his legacy and rear-end?
    America deserves to know just how disingenuous, immoral and illegal Roves' public service has been. He should be ashamed of himself.
    He is part of the leadership that is responsible for the debacle of the Bush/Cheney administration and thus should be held responsible. This isn't rhetoric, the damages are tangible and real. I believe his legacy will be closer to "brilliant buffoon".

    December 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Indiana voter

    I gaurantee it will be a best-seller and the "left" will be upset over it.

    December 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Cranston Snerd

    Oh. My. God! He is going to 'name names'!!! We should all tremble... Maybe he might respond to a subpoena next without screaming Executive Privilage!

    December 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. jeff

    Jim in Fllorida December 8th, 2008 2:52 pm ET

    Not only don't you know how to spell Florida but you also don't realize that the Chicago Tribune is a conservative paper, get your facts straight before spouting your mouth off.

    December 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Democrat

    Wow....that is simply unbelievable. This guy will do whatever it takes to stay relevant. Mr. Rove, America voted on November 4th, and clearly rejected you, and everything you stand for. So write your book if it makes you feel better, but being an angry texan "outsider" is a card that has been way over played. Bush failed, you failed, and the dynasty you tried to create will be judged by history as the worst administration ever.

    Now get out of the way, and Let President Obama clean up your mess.

    December 8, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. rod gonzalez

    This is like Dr. Frankenstein blaming the villagers for the ugliness of his creation!! He thinks he still has credibility. Or, that he's relevant. What an idiotic ego!

    December 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Ellen

    forget the book – goodness what's wrong with his hair? Didn't he steal, er, make enough money to not look like a 9-year old?

    December 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. phil

    You are scum Mr. Rove. You and your cronies have innocent blood on your souls. Shame on the whole lot of you!

    December 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Frank

    Why do we still have to hear from Rove and his lies. The bush administration and Rove received the criticisms simple because of the lies and because of their breaking and bending the law. He can name all the names he wants, maybe when he finally testifies before congress. Oh, I forgot, he's not going to, just another example of him breaking or ignoring laws. Rove should find a cave to crawl into and never be heard from again, or maybe a jail cell.

    December 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Michael

    It's gonna be a pretty big book, considering the MILLIONS who despise Bush.

    December 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. yvonne

    tim, that's funny!

    December 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Bob, San Diego, CA.

    He only got offered 1.5 milion because no one's going to buy his bologna! Yeah baby best comment so far!!!

    December 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. EW

    I hope he names names, then I'll know whose hands I would like to shake and to whom to send donations for their next campaign.

    Bush and Cheney have proven repeatedly that they have no caring for anyone but themselves and their own wallets and those of their friends, at the cost of thousands of lives.

    December 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Mickey

    And who really cares?

    December 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. liz

    Maybe he could bash some more veterans while claiming an AWOL drug addict is a hero! He is good at that.
    How about you tell us all what traitors Max Cleland and John Kerry and all the other Vietnam vets are. Max only lost 3 limbs, would he only be a patriot if he lost all four?

    December 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Accountability: Like I said before, if W has never touched the budget or sign any policies into law,then yes, the failures and flaws of these past 8 years, do TRULY belong to Clinton. Yu see, the minute you mess with policies or budget, a XX trillion dollar economy and every little piece of cracks BECOME YOURS, when you become Prez. So, if anybody wants to be Prez, better have THREE brains.

    December 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. barbara campbell

    Rove is delusional, and sold his soul long ago, if he ever had one.

    December 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Maryjane Woolston

    My Christmas wish is that Carl Rove would just go away.

    America, don't buy books from crooks.

    December 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Laura

    Rovey your enemies are my friends

    December 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Gilbert

    Rove and Bush deserve all the negative attention that they get. The "boys" from Texas spent eight years bringing this country to our knees and they regret , nor take any blame for any of it. Rove can speak out about all the enemies of Bush that he wants to but the cold hard fact is that there is not enough paper to really make that list. Thank God that we have only until Jan. 20 left until this Bush "regime" is finally gone forever!! Miracles still happen

    December 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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