Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Too late, Scotty

Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary, is getting a lot of pub for his "explosive" new book. The "shocking" revelations contained within include that Bush is not open to examining his mistakes, his administration misled the public by dispensing propaganda, and the media wasn't questioning enough. Wow, shocking stuff indeed.

My question is, seriously? There's a couple of points that just drove me crazy about this whole thing. First, I happened to sit down and watch a few minutes of NBC's national news program and Brian Williams sat down with Tom Brokaw to have a very serious conversation about whether the media actually did do their job in the runup to the war. Brokaw's take was basically "what were we to do? Sure, in hindsight it looks bad and maybe more could have been done but everyone thought what they were saying was true." Well, not everyone and he did mention that they put one guy, Brent Scowcroft (NSA for Ford and Bush I) who was opposed to the war. Yeah, one guy drowned out by all the other cheerleaders. Then he placed the blame not on the media but for everyone else who went along, like the 77 Senators who voted for the war, etc. It is a somewhat valid point but not nearly enough to assuage their culpability.

The fact that the media treats the assertion the Bush administration engaged in a propaganda campaign as a "revelation" is about as surprising to me as Christmas falling on December 25th. Really? No one reads the New York Times? Just about a month ago there was nothing but crickets chirping after the NY Times expose on the paid military "experts" organizing their propaganda efforts. Apparently it takes a hack from the Bush administration to get their attention.

This is all extremely predictable for me so it's tough to get too worked up about it anymore. Most of my anger in this whole episode is reserved for McClellan himself. I've been ripping on this scumbag for years. I know I did a post at one time about how he wasn't even good at lying for the president but I can't find it. 'tis a shame because his flop sweats up there as he was caught in his web of denials and lies was always pretty good entertainment. I always felt that although he was a pure weasel Ari Fleischer was good at his job and Tony Snow was just a pretty-boy sellout tool who knew how to kiss the media's ass. For my own sanity I tried to stop paying any attention to whatever bullshit Dana Perino has been saying lately. So, of the four Scotty was clearly the worst. Not only was he a lying scumbag but he sucked at it and was still let off the hook.

I just don't understand what he's trying to do. Is he trying to redeem himself? That ship sailed long ago. I'm of the belief that it's been way too obvious for way too long what this administration has been doing for anyone to claim that they were unaware or lied to which is his main defense in the book. If you wanted to do something honorable you could have resigned or done any number of things. Now you're just doing too little too late and sticking a knife in the back of your boss when he's already taking his last breaths. Sorry, Scotty, there's no honor in that now.

It's hilarious that some people actually expected liberals to take up his cause as if there is some knee-jerk reaction to accept and defend anyone that criticizes Bush. We're just supposed to forget that it was his sweaty little face up there telling all of this lies and say, "hey, he's all right after all!" Don't think so, we're a little smarter than that and he's on his own now. Just take your paycheck and get the fuck out. I'll never read your book.

As the aptly named Rude Pundit says:
Hopefully, the book will tank, and McClellan will be reduced to blowing Hannity for nickels. Screw this obsequious pig-fucking son of a bitch, this grubby little man-whore, attempting to purge his soul of the taint and stench of death and sorrow while pulling in a buck or two.

Here is a perfect example of this hypocritical bullshit. In the book he writes
...that after Hurricane Katrina, the White House “spent most of the first week in a state of denial..."

And here's an exchange in the days after Hurricane Katrina:
Q: Scott, recently, top Democrats in Congress, they had some tough words and some questions about President Bush. Congressman Pelosi says that -- said that "the President was obviously in denial," because she said she talked to him yesterday about Mike Brown and said that things were going wrong, and he said, What's gone wrong?"

MR. McCLELLAN: ...You all are well aware of how engaged this President is in the response efforts and making sure that we're meeting the immediate needs...the President has been working to make sure that we have all the resources needed dedicated to this effort, and that the needs on the ground are being met.

Denial? What state of denial? We're totally on top of things.

So, sorry, Scotty, the ship has sunk and, as one of the bad rats, you're still on board. No amount of paddling now will ever get you back to shore.

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