Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Scott McClellan, Administration Tool



Bush-Cheney eCampaign Director Mike Turk, 16 hours ago on his Twitter feed:
Feeling for Scott McLellan. Nice getting savaged for saying what everyone knows to be true anyway.

I really don’t understand this whole “Republican loyalty” thing. Scott McClellan was a loyal Bushie who kept his mouth shut and did what he was told. Now he’s come out with his book, the partisans are criticizing him for .... being a loyal Bushie who kept his mouth shut and did what he was told. But if he’d spoken up at the time, he’d have received the Joseph Wilson treatment.

Note to Republicans: you’re coming off as very cult-like. It’s kinda creepy.

(h/t Atrios)


Predictably, the White House and its enablers are portraying McClellan as "disgruntled":

"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad — this is not the Scott we knew," said current press secretary Dana Perino.

Of course, we've heard this tune before.

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has a memoir coming out, and it promises to be a doozy:

In his "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception" (Public Affairs, $27.95), McLellan writes about the war in Iraq that President Bush "and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war.


The White House "spent most of the first week in a state of denial" after Hurricane Katrina, McLellan writes. "One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency. Katrina and the botched federal response to it would largely come to define Bush’s second term. And the perception of this catastrophe was made worse by previous decisions President Bush had made, including, first and foremost, the failure to be open and forthright on Iraq and rushing to war with inadequate planning and preparation for its aftermath."

Uh, yeah. That’s not exactly stop-the-presses news to those of us on the left who were screaming at the top of our lungs about this stuff at the time. Let’s replay a medley of McClellan's greatest hits, shall we?

On Hurricane Katrina:

"This is not a time for finger-pointing or politics. ... Flood control has been a priority of this administration from day one.”

On the Dick Cheney shooting incident:

Why was the White House relying on a Texas rancher to get the word of Cheney's hunting accident out over the weekend, asked Gregory, accusing McClellan of 'ducking and weaving.'

'David, hold on! the cameras aren't on right now,' McClellan replied. 'You can do this later.'

'Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. 'Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'm asking you a serious question.'

On the outing of Valerie Plame:

MR. McCLELLAN: Let's talk about this. The subject of this investigation is whether someone leaked classified information. That's what this is about. And there are some that are trying -- some that see this as a political opportunity to attack the White House, and so they're talking about all sorts of other issues. The issue here is a very serious matter, and it needs to be pursued to the fullest, and we want to get to the bottom of it. The President expects everyone in his administration to adhere to the highest standards of conduct. That is the tone he has set in his administration. That is the tone he has set here in Washington, D.C. And if someone leaked classified information, we want to know, and appropriate action should be taken against that person.

Wow, he should have got an award for that performance. Actually, not really: we all knew he was lying. McClellan was supremely bad at his job, which is why he didn’t last very long.

There’s more, so much more but my all time favorite must be this one:

Go ahead, Jeff.

Yes, that would be Jeff Gannon, of “Talon News.” In fact, MediaMatters documented that McClellan turned to the reporter/male prostitute for the softball treatment whenever things got a little too heated in the press gaggle.

I have little patience for former Bush Administration staffers who lied, cheated, and put partisan politics above the interests of this country and are trying to cash in now that it looks like the GOP’s fortunes have turned. Suck it up, folks. You made your bed, now lie down in it.