Happy Thanksgiving, Scott McClellan. Now Go Stuff Yourself, You Jive Turkey.
As we all know by now, in an excerpt from Scott McClellan's new book, the former White House Press secretary claims that he unknowingly passed on "false information" (what George Orwell would simply call "lies") about Karl Rove and Scooter Libby's treasonous reveleation of the identity of a covert CIA agent. The excerpt-- which admittedly lacks some context-- seems to suggest that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Andrew Card, Rove, and Libby lied to him in order to get him to lie to the press.
Don't get me wrong-- I'm quite certain that Scott McClellan lied to the press on behalf of the administration. But come on-- "unknowingly"? Give me a break. Am I the only one who remembers McClellan's press conferences? The way his eyes would dart about nervously, the way he stammered through every briefing, obviously uncomfortable. Everytime he got up to talk to the press corps, it was as if he knew Chris Hansen was in the audience, just waiting to ask, "What are you doing here, and would you please put your pants back on?" That's not to say that Scott McClellan is a sexual predator, or that child abuse is funny. But McClellan's attempts to convince the press that his answers were credible ("Mr. Rove is a good man who wouldn't do such a thing") always struck me as the desperate machinations of someone who realizes he's gotten himself into a trap, and is trying to minimize the trouble he's found himself in.
If you'd asked me a couple days ago, "Could you possibly think less of Scott McClellan?" I would have been certain the answer would be no. But now here he is, in the news again. Dropping bombshells. Or not-- as administration officials have pointed out, the excerpt lacks context; it certainly looks like he's saying the President and other officials were trying to orchestrate a cover-up, but he doesn't quite come right out and say anything. And now he's refusing to grant interviews. If you want to know the story, you'll have to buy the book.
What a crass, manipulative, self-centered son of a bitch. We're talking about treason, and a cover-up involving the leaders of the land. And his only concern is how he too can make money off of the Bush administration's assault on Democracy. If you or I knew that someone had conspired to provide America's enemies with the name of a covert CIA agent, and instead of going to law enforcement authorities, we instead decided to offer up hints and innuendo to the press, how long do you think it would take before the FBI came knocking at our door? But like his former bosses, Scott McClellan seems convinced that he's above both the law and basic decency.
Fuck him. I hope that his book does spark a substantial investigation into this administration's crimes, and that Scott McClellan winds up sitting in a prison cell right next to the very people he seems to want to distance himself from now.