There’s not enough paper in the world….

(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.

Ooooh!!! I’m shaking! And I bet the other 60,000,000 people are shaking, too!

Original DVD cover.

“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.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

WASHINGTON — On a sofa on the second floor of the comfortable Washington home that George W. Bush’s career helped put him in, Karl Rove reflects on an administration that didn’t turn out as anticipated.

“No. It all turns out different,” he said. Not bad, he insists, just different. “We were all smarter before we showed up here.”

Much of Washington, Rove said, never accepted Bush as a legitimate president and “acted accordingly.”

In the seventh-floor government office where Bush put her, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a Bushie since the first gubernatorial campaign, said, “Some things have happened … that no one could have predicted.”

From the Colorado vacation home that Bush’s career helped him purchase, longtime adviser Mark McKinnon also talks about how things turned out.

“It was a different world then,” he said. “It was a time of relative peace and prosperity, and there were things on the agenda — the compassionate conservatism agenda — that we thought would make for a very domestic-focused presidency.”

“External events intervened, starting with the recount,” McKinnon said.

For some of the longtime Bushies, it was the recount — and all it meant in the tumultuous weeks following the 2000 election — that set the tone for a presidency that was challenged before it began.

Rove, a hall-of-famer when it comes to partisan politics, says Bush was hampered by partisan politics magnified by the recount.


Spellings has seen such partisanship in the education battles she has fought on Bush’s behalf.

“I do believe, like all the Bushies, that the president’s record will be vindicated upon historical reflection,” she said.

Moments later, she said: “I cannot predict whether (history) will judge him well or not. I think it will judge him differently. People will see, and our successors will see, there are some big, hairy issues before our country and if they were easy they would have easy solutions. But they’re not.”

Rove sees a presidency clouded by the way it began.

“There were people who never accepted the legitimacy of George W. Bush and acted accordingly,” he said.

For now, that’s the Bushies’ story, and they’re sticking to it.


Yes, mistakes were made by the administration, Rove acknowledges, teasingly referencing his work-in-progress book for the list.

“Look,” Rove said, “he didn’t come here to play small ball.”

Rove said Bush did what he thought was right, not what he thought was popular.


Also reserved for between the covers of Rove’s book is his checklist of the “great many of the political actors in this town (who) never accepted him as a legitimate president.”

“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 said, adding: “I’m going to name names and show examples.”

Rove also blames Washington partisanship for the scandals and subpoenas embedded in the Bush legacy, including leaks involving a clandestine CIA agent’s identity.

He offered himself as an example.

“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. 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,” Rove vented.

“No administration in the foreseeable future is going to go in and say, ‘You know what, we’re repealing the Patriot Act. You know what, we’re throwing out that terrorist surveillance program,’ ” Rove said of legislation making it easier for the government to gather intelligence on U.S. soil and about U.S. citizens.

And no one, Rove added, ever will say that taking out Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was a mistake or that the broader war on terrorism was a miscalculation.


Not long after the Republican National Convention in September , Bush gathered many of the Texas Bushies for a Camp David retreat that included a trip to Gettysburg, Pa.

Among them were Rove, Spellings, Karen Hughes, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Assistant Commerce Secretary Israel Hernandez and Albert Hawkins, former White House secretary to the Cabinet.


“When you look at history, you don’t know what history is going to present you or what kind of events are going to be part of your tenure,” said Hernandez, who said he views Bush as “a mentor, at times a father, at times an older brother.”


[Spellings said,] “I think he is smart and able and has a great big heart and is a good human being,” Spellings said. “I’m sad that more Americans don’t see him as I do. Maybe they will eventually. I certainly hope so.”


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19 responses to “There’s not enough paper in the world….

  1. jeb

    Nonnie, I think your title and the pukin’ emoticon say it all. I can’t even comment on such sheer stupidity, fuc|<ing hubris and delusional ignorance.

    Oh, other than I can say removing Sadaam was a really bad mistake.

  2. jeb

    Wait, I had an epiphany and thought of an appropriate comment thanks to Billy Idol:

    When there’s no-one else in sight
    In the crowded lonely night
    Well I wait so long
    For my love vibration
    And I’m dancing with myself

    Oh dancing with myself
    Oh dancing with myself
    Well there’s nothing to lose
    And there’s nothing to prove
    I’ll be dancing with myself

    If I looked all over the world
    And there’s every type of girl
    But your empty eyes
    Seem to pass me by
    Leave me dancing with myself

    So let’s sink another drink
    ‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
    If I had the chance
    I’d ask the world to dance
    And I’ll be dancing with myself

    Oh dancing with myself
    Oh dancing with myself
    Well there’s nothing to lose
    And there’s nothing to prove
    I’ll be dancing with myself

  3. jeb,
    i think texas must be a separate world with a separate reality. they really don’t have a fuc|<ing (i borrowed that, because it made me laugh!) clue. they sound like they really think he really won and that he is a really smart and compassionate guy. 🙄 honestly, they are either stoned out of their minds or completely delusional or both.

  4. Rove blather, a treasure chest of skewed memories….

    Burn the patriot act!

  5. hi fran!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀

    before we burn the patriot act, can we burn rove?

  6. How Rove got a million+ book deal is beyond my comprehension.
    Had the moronic Republicans just taken a glimpse of Bush’s performance as Texas governor they’d have known he was a dangerous nascissist without a brain in his head.
    As for Rove, his homoerotic passion for Bush knows no bounds. The nerdy kid who got to follow around the BMOC story survives with these two nitwits.
    Boy genius, my ass.

  7. Brilliant ‘chop, Nonnie.

  8. writechicpress

    I really like the way you preserve the integrity of Karl Rove’s chins. And the title couldn’t be more appropriate.

  9. Darren7160

    Oh… I think I have a pretty good idea of what the historians will say.

    If the “Bushies” are hanging their reputation on that, then they are even more desperate than anyone thought. No amount of talking points being sent out will wipe away the stink of their partisan ideological administration.

  10. karen,
    book deals and cushy do-nothing jobs with big corporations are the way the rethugs pay off their little helpers. that’s why i am so surprised that gonzo has never gotten a book deal or a job. they must have something really good on that little bastard if they don’t feel like they have to pay him off.
    i think there is a lot of man-love going on on the rethug side of the aisle. that’s why they are so homophobic. they can’t deal with their own feelings.

  11. hi terry!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀 i love your site, and i hope all the raisinettes will click over there. i was just there a few minutes ago.

  12. wcp,
    with all those chins, karl is probably a pillowcase-changing machine! that will come in handy with rethugs like mitch mcconnell and ed gillespie, who have no chins at all. 😉

  13. darren,
    i think you are correct in your assessment. unless all future historians are on acid, i don’t think they will treat this maladministration kindly. 🙄

  14. nightowl724

    Hey, I missed you last night! How’d that happen?

    Bush a “good human being?” “Vindicated?” My A$$!

    nonnie – love the Kool-Aid glass and the American Public’s review!

    Remember this?

    President Bush To Legally Blind Reporter: ‘Are You Going to Ask That Question with Shades On?’

    THE PRESIDENT: Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?

    Q I can take them off.

    THE PRESIDENT: I’m interested in the shade look, seriously.

    Q All right, I’ll keep it, then.

    THE PRESIDENT: For the viewers, there’s no sun. (Laughter.)

    Q I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Touche. (Laughter.)

    New take:

    THE PEOPLE: Hey, Karl. Are you going to tell those lies with shades on?

    KR: I can take them off.

    THE PEOPLE: We’re interested in your shady, greasy, oily book, seriously.

    KR: All right, I’ll keep it, then.

    THE PEOPLE: For the record, there’s no sun. And, there’s no blinding truth, either. Or, any truth at all, actually. (Tears and hoots.)

    KR: I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)

    THE PEOPLE: Squeeze play! (Jeers.)

    (Definition of squeeze play – noun: an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power.)

  15. nightowl,
    i was wondering where you were. i knew i could count on you to pick up on the kool-aid logo on the glass! when i stick the little jokes in, i always wonder if they will go unseen, and then i remind myself, nightowl will get it!

    maybe karl is wearing shades, because he is blinded by his own ambition and his blindness to the facts. i don’t think he’s the political genius people make him out to be (that would be like saying simon cowell can spot a talent that will last for decades), but i thought he was smart enough not to believe his own bull$hit. i guess i was wrong. things are different when you have a man-crush on another guy.

  16. Dusty

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth after reading Rover’s thoughts.

  17. dusty,
    we’ve become so inured to karl rove’s bull$hit. a few years ago, there would have been lots of projectile vomiting instead of just a little throw up.

  18. i actually look forward to Karl Rove being Lucy Ricardo

  19. dcAp,
    he already has the whining part nailed down! 🙂