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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

McClellan's book makes waves

The fallout today from Scott McClellan's upcoming new book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception has been quite entertaining. Bush surrogates, including Dana Perino and Karl Rove, have already reacted negatively, and the Republican Noise Machine is now on McClellan's case. As David Brock has attested, anyone who dares to break with the administration and its right wing backers is immediately attacked and isolated.

We have little sympathy for McClellan, however.

Our beloved Senior Managing Editor Keith Deshaies, who is no longer with us, put it best when he wrote about McClellan's mea culpa last November in one of his finest posts (Absolution by book deal):
Thanks to this administration — that you, Scott, helped to build and protect — a surplus has turned to a deficit, we have illegally and immorally attacked a disarmed nation at the expense of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of lives, and our reputation is in tatters. We have become the nation to avoid rather than emulate. Torture, once shunned, is now embraced.

China and Saudi Arabia, whose ideologies have been anathema to this country for so long, have financed our outrageous debt to the point where nobody even mentions the chaos they could cause merely by saying, “Pay up.”

It’s almost superfluous to say our economy isn’t in great shape, either. So, Scott, crow or confess — it’s too late. But I guess making a few more bucks on a heap of lies was probably part of the plan, too.
McClellan's book is due to be released on June 9th. Thanks in part to the White House's angry response, it is currently at the top of Amazon's bestseller list.


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