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May 28, 2008

A Failure of Imagination

OMFG!!! Is Scott McClellan just the best White House secretary EVER, or *what*? Get a load of this:

"The President, he, President Bush, too, had been deceived and therefore became unwittingly involved in deceiving me.

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Finally, the proof of what we have been telling America all along! That scummy little lying bastard lied to us without knowing that he lied!!!

Jimminy Christmas, what a day! Can you say Chimpeachment, boys and girls? I knew that you could.

Of course, the pathetic 28 percenters will be working overtime to discredit poor Scott

I'm confused about Scott McClellan's book. Without having read it, I think a couple of observations are nonetheless fair. What does it tell us when a White House insider gets outside and says that all those other people he used to work with are incompetent liars. If, as McClellan claims, the president made a "propaganda campaign" of the Iraq war, why didn't Scotty say something at the time? Why wait until he's out of the job to do the honorable thing? What kind of person continues to speak for (and cover up) a dishonest campaign for war when he knows the truth to be something else? What kind of person later says, hey, know what? That whole time I was working for the president? I thought he was a dishonest dolt, but I did it anyway . . . because...? Wait, because you were collecting material for a book? I'll tell you what kind of person does that: Someone who is either dishonest or dishonorable — or both. If the president lied, then Scott lied with him. And now we're supposed to run around grabbing books off shelves and organizing parades for this brave, forthright man who, though he always knew better, played right along?

Those 'cons. Always taking everything so bloody literally. Like it, umm.... totally, matters whether McClellan actually saw any of that stuff he talks about in his book:

DICK GREGORY: .... You go through the chapters of the book, they include things like: "The Permanent Campaign" "Deniability" "Triumph and Illusion" "Revelation and Humiliation" "Out of Touch." Just searing titles from somebody who was on the inside.

Now I just want to read something that just, I just received this morning from a former senior adviser to the White House who says, "This book has left many of Scott's closest friends puzzled and shocked. He draws broad and definitive conclusions from events in meetings that he, himself, admits he didn't even attend. He never expressed any reservations while serving. To do so in a highly publicized book is what makes people lose faith in those who work in Washington." ...

VIEIRA: ... you know McClellan well. Are you surprised that he would write such a critical book?

GREGORY: Absolutely surprised. There was never any indication that Scott McClellan, either publicly or privately, held these kinds of views about what was happening at the time on the war, on Katrina, on the leak case - which was his most difficult hour in the White House. He never expressed anything like this. This has always been a very tight-lipped White House. And he was, he was right in the center of that. He was, in many quarters, seen as a kind of a robotic press secretary. Not always the most effective, which is why he, he was removed at the time he was, when they brought in Tony Snow. But I do know that he was personally stunned by this issue with the leak case. He felt betrayed internally at the White House. He was very concerned about his credibility being tarnished and he knew, as it was happening at the time, he says it took two years before he really found out that his statements were, as they used to say in the Watergate days, inoperative. And that really left him with a very bitter taste in his mouth.

Yessir. We can only imagine what was going on in old Scotty's mind. But we're going to dwell on it.

For months. And months.

Of course, when another White House press secretary wrote a book that didn't trash his boss, the press were completely uninterested. Must not have fit the narrative.

So much for providing that all-important "balance".

Posted by Cassandra at May 28, 2008 05:09 PM

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Dishonorable and pandering, not to mention in need of ready cash.

If he was bounced, can we say 'revenge?'

I will keep my hard earned dollars in my pocket and spend them elsewhere. I have an IRA that needs funding.

Posted by: Cricket at May 28, 2008 08:46 PM

"He was very concerned about his credibility being tarnished and he knew, as it was happening at the time, (my italics) he says it took two years before he really found out that his statements were, as they used to say in the Watergate days, inoperative.

Soooo, he knew it at the time, but it took him two years to find out that he knew it.

But was he *for* it before he was *against* it? And is *is* "is" or is is "is"?

Posted by: BillT at May 29, 2008 05:44 AM

Obviously they were using the new Chimperial stealth *tech-knowledge-y* on him. Either that or they threatened to let Dick take him hunting....
Poor guy, his *is* ain't what it used to be.

Posted by: DL Sly at May 29, 2008 08:53 AM

"Soooo, he knew it at the time, but it took him two years to find out that he knew it."
Maybe he (or his publisher's cashier) was the revelation he'd been waiting for.

Posted by: bthun at May 29, 2008 08:57 AM

Meet Scotty McC...

Average former White House Press Secretary now out of work schlub with few prospects.

Scotty also has another problem. That of owing the local bookie major league cash for taking 20 to 1 against the Surge.

Scotty thinks his visit to the ghost writer will lead to a financial solution to all his problems.

Little does he realize as he enters the publishing house, he has entered into another dimension. A dimension of time and space. A dimension where Scotty will have the opportunity to salvage the most obscure of all recollections. Those devoid of substance or form, flitting between could have been and never were.

Scotty McC has entered into... The Twilight Zone.

Posted by: Rod Serling at May 29, 2008 09:18 AM

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Posted by: David M at May 29, 2008 03:02 PM

> Scotty McC has entered into... The Twilight Zone.

Yes, but does he dream his Twilight Zdreams in black and white?

Posted by: OBloody Hell at May 29, 2008 08:37 PM