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