Tuesday, May 27, 2008

For "30 Pieces of Silver"

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has written an alleged "tell all" book about his experiences inside the Bush Administration that should be titled "For 30 Pieces of Silver." The man should be ashamed of himself and to paraphrase James Carville this Judas has been marked for all the world to see.I hope he enjoys his "15minutes of fame" with the liberal press because he will never work for a Republican again and should spend the rest of his life wondering in a political wilderness! No one right or left will trust this man. He brings all new meaning to "rats deserting a ship"!George W. Bush deserved better. If President Bush is to be faulted it is for hiring this incompetent ingrate

UPDATE: Rich Galen one of my favorite blogers and political consultants makes his points about Scott McClellan:

It was generally known in Washington that McClellan was such an ineffective spokesman that he would have done better to tack the talking points he had been given to the briefing room wall and leave, rather than waste the press corps' time hectoring him for an hour-or-so every day.

I have, on rare occasion, been offered a book deal to write about a former boss. My response has always been (and will always be): When you make the choice to take someone's money you have, in effect, signed a contract to be loyal. Nothing, short of a grand jury subpoena, should be able tempt you to break that contract.

The good news about McClellan's book is found in a paragraph in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram piece by Ken Herman:
"Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida said that McClellan should testify before the House Judiciary Committee to tell what he knows about the White House role in the leak of a CIA operative's name."

How poetically judicial would it be if a big chunk of the money McClellan was paid to have this book written ended up in the hands of attorneys he had to hire to advise him in Congressional testimony which was only made necessary by the fact he put his name on this book?

Bob Dole speaks for me in his letter to Scott


There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don't have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique.

In my nearly 36 years of public service I've known of a few like you. No doubt you will "clean up" as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, "Biting The Hand That Fed Me." Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years.

I have no intention of reading your "exposé" because if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job. That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively. You're a hot ticket now but don't you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?