Tuesday, May 27, 2008

McClellan never to work again

... at least not for any employer who values discretion or loyalty. And that's the best case scenario. I think the whole Scott McClellan book thing smells funny.

First of all, to say that the administration took a " 'permanent campaign approach' to governing at the expense of candor and competence" is suspect. "Permanent campaign approach"? They didn't campaign on anything, at least not very well. Ok, competence... guilty as charged, but if anybody had simply opened a copy of the Weekly Standard, oh say, any time in the last six years, they would have found ample fodder for press briefings. But no, every half-cocked "Bush lied people died" squall against the war went almost completely unanswered. Bush even retracted his completely true statements in the State of the Union about British intelligence.

Here, McClellan points fingers at Libby and Rove about their roles in the Plame leak... that was innocently committed by Richard Armitage.
"The confidential meeting also occurred at a moment when I was being battered by the press for publicly vouching for the two by claiming they were not involved in leaking Plame’s identity, when recently revealed information was now indicating otherwise. … I don’t know what they discussed, but what would any knowledgeable person reasonably and logically conclude was the topic? Like the whole truth of people’s involvement, we will likely never know with any degree of confidence."
I mean, come on buddy. The whole conspiracy behind this thing has already been debunked.

No doubt Press Secretary can be a lousy job to have. I have very little doubt that Mike McCurry had the hardest job on earth at the time he was trying to smooth over Bill Clinton's dalliances, but he did it with a grace second only to Clinton's. McClellan constantly looked like a squirrel caught in the headlights of an eighteen-wheeler.

I miss Tony Snow. Heck, I miss Ari Fleischer.

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