Why is everyone going ga-ga over Scott McClellan’s revelations that George W. Bush and his administration suck? Are the rest of us becoming like the right wingers, where we have so little faith in our opinions that we need validation from others to even have them?
McClellan has written a book and, of course, his publisher needs to sell a ton of them in order to rationalize the overpayment they made to him in securing the book deal in the first place. You know, because every reader is chomping at the bit for a book by a guy who was arguably the worst and most inarticulate press secretary in US history. So, they release some details designed to get the book a lot more publicity than it would normally get, and everyone oohs and aahs and talks about how stunning all of this is.
So, what did McClellan’s book reveal, after all?
- Bush is an out of touch leader, who lacks confidence, and who is unwilling to accept failure.
is all too able to convince himself of his own spin, to the point that
he actually can’t remember if he ever used cocaine.
- That Bush
ran his administration as if it was in a permanent political campaign,
which made his administration uncompromising, unwilling to change and
admit defeat, and in which everything was spun in a positive way..
Bush sold the Iraq War like soap, and used heaping helpings of
propaganda to get us in there and keep the occupation going.
- That the press corps was easy on Bush in the run up to war, and never asked any of the really tough questions.
the way, this is the second time in six months that we’ve been treated
to revelations from this book, which always seems to leak passages, but
never actually seems to see the light of day. If you’ll recall, six
months ago, we were treated to the "revelation" that McClellan was
actually told to lie in the Valerie Plame leak case, and assist with
the cover-up when it came to outing a CIA agent. Remember that? That
was all over the press, and everyone was shocked then. Now, we’re
supposed to be shocked again, because a known liar decides to come
clean and tell us he lied to his employers, and is now coming clean so
he can make more money?
In all seriousness, haven’t we known all
of this all along? Is this really much of a surprise? More importantly,
how much credence can we lend to someone who’s telling us, several
years after the fact? One of his other revelation was that a lot of the
bullshit that came out of his mouth — bullshit that we told you at the
time was bullshit — was actually bullshit.
Basically, a liar who worked for a liar that we have known was a liar for many years. Pardon me if I yawn.
what I’d like to see. I’d like to see articles of impeachment passed,
and every high-ranking member of the Bush Administration named as
witnesses, before Bush leaves office. That will prevent Bush from
pardoning anyone. And then, I’d like to see President Obama and the
Democratic Congress investigate every single perpetrator of a crime in
the current administration.
And that would include Scott McClellan.
Sorry, Scotty, but you don’t get to claim "hero" status, just because you finally admitted that you were a criminal…