In his forthcoming book, Fox News' Karl Rove writes that during his infamous July 2003 conversation with the late Robert Novak, Rove "agreed with Novak's assessment" that Joe Wilson was "pompous, self-centered, egotistical, and 'an asshole.' "
In Courage and Consequence -- which Media Matters for America obtained in advance of its March 9 release date -- Rove writes that shortly after agreeing with Novak that Wilson was "an asshole," Rove confirmed that he had "heard" that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA. Days later, Novak published a syndicated column outing Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.
From Page 328 of Karl Rove's Courage and Consequence:
But Novak had turned our conversation to Joe Wilson's op-ed after discussing Townsend. He'd met Wilson in the green room at Meet the Press the previous Sunday morning and said he found Wilson pompous, self-centered, egotistical, and "an asshole." Having watched Wilson on Meet the Press, I agreed with Novak's assessment.