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The Empire Strikes Back against McClellan

We could have used our Carnac the Magnificent impression to predict the White House’s response. Scott McLellan is bitter. He wasn’t in the loop. Dana Perino released a statement in which she threw McClellan under the bus: “Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House. For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad — this is not the Scott we knew.”

The rest of the White House staff and some former staff have been lining up against McClellan.

Okay, here’s the interesting thing in my book (pun intended): McClellan has been out of the White House for over two years. He had several opportunities to smack the president around for whatever wrongs he thought the president committed, but he didn’t. He could have gone on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and said that President Bush was an ostrich with his head in the sand, but he didn’t. As a matter of fact, he went out of his way a couple of months ago NOT to bash the president. So, what’s the deal? I believe that McClellan didn’t necessarily drink from the neocon well of ideology BUT he had faith in Bush. He believed in Bush (and perhaps still does). Bush that let him down. Now, I have no evidence to prove this. This is what I believe.

Think Progress has a number of examples where the White House has lashed out at former Executive Branch employees.

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill

WROTE: Bush planned to invade Iraq before 9/11 and was like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people during Cabinet meetings.

SMEAR: “We didn’t listen to [O’Neill’s] wacky ideas when he was in the White House, why should we start listening to him now?” — A senior official who informed Bush of O’Neill’s comments, 1/12/04

Former Campaign Chief Strategist Matthew Dowd

SAID: Bush has “become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in”; that “our leaders have to understand what they [the American public] want. They’re saying, ‘Get out of Iraq.’”

SMEAR: “He’s going through a lot of personal turmoil but also he has a son who is soon to be deployed to Iraq. That could only impact a parents’ mind as they think through these issues.” — Dan Bartlett, 4/1/07

Former Counter-Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke

WROTE: Bush “ignored terrorism for months”; sought to tie 9/11 to Iraq immediately.

SMEAR: “He wanted to be the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department after it was created. … He did not get that position, someone else was appointed to it. … His best friend is Rand Beers, who is the principal advisor to the Kerry campaign.” — Scott McClellan, while serving as press secretary, 3/22/04

By |2008-05-28T14:41:46-04:00May 28th, 2008|Bush Administration, Iraq|1 Comment

Today's Worst

  • Dick Morris of Fox “News” who used the Manchurian candidate reference
  • Mark Penn, the former chief strategist for Senator Hillary Clinton, couldn’t remember that Democrats don’t have winner take all primaries
  • Cindy McCain for telling a reporter and/or truly believing that Senator John McCain doesn’t believe in negative campaigning

By |2008-05-08T23:19:11-04:00May 8th, 2008|Countdown, Domestic Issues|2 Comments

Hillary's campaign continues to unravel

Before 2 or 3 weeks ago, I really tried to stay neutral. I tried to avoid criticizing Hillary Clinton because she was/is a democrat. Then the Dark Days started just before voting in Texas and Ohio. In spite of some criticism, I believe that I tried to stay positive. I would praise Hillary when I could because no matter what happens I’m voting for the Democratic nominee. I think that 99% of Democrats truly feel this way. We can’t have another 4 years of Bush-lite which is Reagan on steroids.

I believe that any objective observer would conclude that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has hit a few speed bumps in the last several weeks.

  • Mark Penn, chief strategist for Hillary Clinton, has been found chatting with the Colombians. It turns out that he is on their payroll which is fine. He is a political animal. He offers advice to the Colombians who strongly support a trade agreement that Hillary has panned on the campaign trail.
  • Mark Penn resigns from Hillary’s campaign, sort of.
  • Continuing on my Hillary Clinton theme, remember that her tax returns were revealed Thursday or Friday of last week. Guess who her returns were first leaked to? Drudge!!! Talking about sleeping with the devil. Drudge was the first one to leak the Bill and Monica story. He leaked that the Prince was in Afghanistan. Why would you feed a story to a blog that tried to destroy your husband? Maybe it is the same reason that you would lie about sniper fire.
By |2008-04-07T00:59:58-04:00April 7th, 2008|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Hillary's campaign continues to unravel
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