Holy buckets! You just KNEW this was going to bring me out of blog seclusion.
I’ve sorely missed my old friend, Scott McClellan and can barely believe it’s been two years since he left the White House. Oh, sure, Tony Snow and Dana Perino have had their bloggable moments, but it was Scotty who could be depended upon for blog inspiration. Slow day at the blog post screen? Hell. Just skip on over to the official White House website for a transcript of the day’s press briefing – the well of sycophant word-twisting that never ran dry.
Now Scotty’s back with a tell-all book about his years as press secretary. According to the book, President Bush “is depicted as an out-of-touch leader, operating in a political bubble, who has stubbornly refused to admit mistakes.” He devotes an entire chapter to “Selling the War,” wherein “he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush ‘managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.'”
In short, Scotty provides us with the “big reveal” in which he finally comes around to saying what the rest of us have known since 2000 about Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, Rice, Rumsfeld and all the rest of the White House criminals.
Scott McClellan, you are an ass.
While you were worried about your personal reputation during the Plame-gate affair, you should have been worried about the administration’s dissembling of our Constitutional rights. While you perceived that the run up to the war in Iraq was being deliberately manipulated by the President and his advisors so that “the use of force would become the only feasible option,” you should have been worried about the inevitable loss of American and Iraqi lives, about shattered families, children made orphans, about widows and widowers.
Claiming there’s a “Culture of Deception” in Washington does not distance you from responsibility. When your revelations could have done some good, you said nothing. You were, in fact, the bloviating master of saying nothing for three long years.
Nothing has changed.