Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan tells all in his new book:
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” to governing at the expense of candor and competence.
• McClellan charges that Bush relied on “propaganda” to sell the war.
• He says the White House press corps was too easy on the administration during the run-up to the war.
• He admits that some of his own assertions from the briefing room podium turned out to be “badly misguided.”
• The longtime Bush loyalist also suggests that two top aides held a secret West Wing meeting to get their story straight about the CIA leak case at a time when federal prosecutors were after them — and McClellan was continuing to defend them despite mounting evidence they had not given him all the facts.
• McClellan asserts that the aides — Karl Rove, the president’s senior adviser, and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff — “had at best misled” him about their role in the disclosure of former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.
In other words, everything we in the progressive media and blogosphere been saying about the Bush White House, the run up to the war, the outing of Valerie Plame, the tactics of Karl Rove, and the SCLM’s rolling over and playing toady for the White House, are true. Oh, and Mr. McClellan claims that the president was mislead but it really a nice guy anyway.
No shit, Sherlock.
This will generate enough buzz for the rest of the week to give the book a nice launch and get Mr. McClellan some face time on TV. Then he’ll get trashed by the right-wing apologists wherein they’ll find a misplaced comma in a couple of sentences and pronounce the whole book as garbage (“If he can’t proofread, how can we believe him when he says Bush doesn’t remember if he used cocaine?”), and by July the book will be stacked up by the door at Barnes & Noble marked down 40%, and the SCLM will be distracted by some other nice shiny thing.