Although it’s difficult to imagine anyone disputing the facts at this point, it is nice to have confirmation.
“The president had promised himself that he would accomplish what his father had failed to do by winning a second term in office,” he writes. “And that meant operating continually in campaign mode: never explaining, never apologizing, never retreating. Unfortunately, that strategy also had less justifiable repercussions: never reflecting, never reconsidering, never compromising. Especially not where Iraq was concerned.”
I doubt the 341 pages of salacious tell all from the ex-Press Secretary really hold many surprises. The excerpts read as an attempt by Mr. McLellan to exonerate himself for the years he faced the press every day and lied on the administration’s behalf. Color me unimpressed. He has a point; the White House press corps took the words they were spoon fed at face value and never once pushed the envelope (with the continual exception of Helen Thomas, who frankly deserves a medal after everything she’s done to try to keep this administration honest). But he’s far from blameless. He has not and likely will not apologize for those lies, although they obviously took their toll. By the end of his tenure, he had gone from forceful and confident to looking haggard and hunted.
In another totally expected response, Karl Rove sniffingly dismissed Mclellan, saying he “sounded like a left wing blogger.” As a left wing blogger, Mr. Rove, I would just like to say “It’s about damn time.” The only thing that infuriates me more than how much this country was lied to is that not one person in that administration who eventually left had the fortitude to actually admit “I am leaving because I cannot in good principle continue to support this administration.” The only thing more predictable than Rove’s response is the fact that once again, the current POTUS will be insulated by handlers, and the issue will be no more than a blip on his radar, explained away as a “bitter ex-employee.” It’s interesting that none of these employees who were “in over their heads” and “unable to take the stresses of the job” were ever considered such until after they left and came forward criticizing the administration.
Fortunately for the rest of the country, Rep. Robert Wexler is insisting that McLellan appear before the Judiciary committee to answer for assertions made in his book.
This does not bode well for Republicans in an election year on the ramp up to the campaign trail; especially with Dems painting John McCain as the next chapter of the Bush administration.