The Soros-McClellan Connection

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Think there is no more news about Scott McClellan’s Bush-bashing book?

Think again...

It seems that George Soros, the same guy who donated large sums of money in a failed effort to defeat President Bush's bid for re-election in 2004, is really behind Scott McClellan’s disgraceful book.

From Little Green Footballs:

The company that published Scott McClellan’s new Bush-bashing book is PublicAffairs Books, and their Editor at Large is a guy named Peter Osnos: About The Century Foundation.

The owner of PublicAffairs Books is a company called Perseus Book Group. Here’s their ownership tree: Perseus Books Home.

The firm is owned by Perseus Funds Group (holding company Perseus LLC), a capital management firm that grew from about $20 million in 1995 to over $2 billion now. Big infusions of cash seemed to help it grow exponentially, and it closed funds almost as fast as it opened them. The board has tons of liberals from the Clinton and Carter Administrations, with far-left credentials that almost put Osnos’ to shame. Their web site is here: PERSEUS - merchant bank and private equity fund management.

If you go to the New York Department of State web site and enter “Perseus” in the "Business Organization" search, you get this on page 2 of the results:


Hi, George!

They go on to show a direct link between the two companies. It would seem that Soros has gotten the last laugh after-all...

How does this get by us? This has been on LGF for over two days and no on picked up on this little fact? I mean, I myself just learn of this from see-dubya via and so I can understand a little. I just hope this becomes big news all too soon.

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I'm not sure it's the biggest deal out of all of this. More important is that the book is completely devoid of actual stuff. There is no "there" there.

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however shamelessly.

I knew a local bookstore owner who stocked her inventory according to editorial considerations. She went out of business. By contrast, chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble, for all their Seattle affectations, are happy to stock any and every author available if there's a measurable demand.

I see your point.

Little Green Footballs is really good at this stuff. I thought of Soros as soon as I heard Karl Rove say, "That's not the Scott McClellan I knew." And not much later did I hear that Soros was involved somehow in the publishing of the book.

It isn't just a publisher trying to make money. With Soros involved, there may well be some big under-the-table payments to McClellan. There may even be blackmail of McClellan to get the book written and its contents the way Big George (the really BIG George S) wants it.

Supposedly McClellan got a $75,000 advance for the book. That doesn't seem like much by today's standards. Not enough to sell out a good friend, as they professed to be. And I don't believe much of the stuff that's been leaked about the book is true. It doesn't ring true, just as the Rather Memos didn't ring true. That leaves me with either blackmail or clandestine payments of a lot more than $75,000.

Democrats: Abandoning Allies, One Country at a Time.

(I can't believe I just typed that.)

He said:

"I would also say, and I gotta add a personal thing, I never like it when someone works for someone and then comes out and writes a book trashing them. I just think that is, I don't care if it is politics or life, if he was that upset about everything, he should have quit. Remember Gerald Ford's press secretary quit when he disagreed with pardoning, Ford pardoning Nixon. If you don't agree, then get out. And I just, I find it abhorrent the way these people come out and write books about their boss. It made 'em money, it made 'em prestige, it gave them all this power and then they turn around and slap 'em. I just, I gotta tell you, I just uh, I don't care who it is- Democrat, Republican- it's wrong."

Doug Ross @ Election Journal has a story up that both Matalin and Carville tore into this dweeb for the book.

Matalin called it "worse than Judas".

Carville called him "incredibly disloyal".

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to Mary Matalin counts as a contribution, I'd say.

Carville's appearance on Hannity's radio show yesterday was actually really good.

Democrat demagogue that he is, I think Carville's 1996 work to re-elect Boris Yeltsin in Russia may be a more important success for the free world than it's been credited with.

His daddy was a lawyer who worked for LBJ (according to Fox).

That right there should have disqualified him to work for *any* elected Republican. Or any non-elected Republican. Or, really, for anyone that has a brain.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

Bush refused to hit back for seven years against his domestic opponents. Over and over again they took ever increasing chunks out of his hide and he just went along, singing "New Tone!™" in the mistaken belief that he can win friends by ceding the battlefield.

Scott McClellan projected panic and weakness every single time he stood behind the podium to be slapped around by the likes of David Gregory and the other assorted douchebags of the White House Press Room. It was always obvious he was not someone of strong character - heck, even reading his interviews it's obvious George Soros' front man basically told him what to write.

Say whatever you will about people of weak character, but they generally tend to be very good at gauging risks so they can more easily follow the path of least resistance no matter how disgraceful it may be. McClellan clearly saw no risk in writing a Bush-bashing book full of falsehoods - after all, the White House has let others do it for seven years; why not him?

"First you win the argument, then you win the vote." - MARGARET THATCHER.
So let's start winning the argument.

Heck, I'm beginning to think Scott McClellan remaining so long as the Press Secretary was part of the New Tone™ - it makes sense.

Bush wanted the Democrats to know he was serious about his New Tone™ obsession - keeping a thoroughly incompetent front man whose every utterance actually lent weight to their talking points is as good a gesture as any, I would think.

"First you win the argument, then you win the vote." - MARGARET THATCHER.
So let's start winning the argument.

Just watching TV, I saw the Mac commercial where they have the two guys, one dork representing the PC, and the hip guy representing the Mac. I have always thought that the PC guy resembled and was maybe patterned after Scott McClellan.

I'm a "too nice" person, too, but I sure am glad my results aren't amplified into public influence.

... politician - which is part and parcel of being an effective President.

A President is only as strong as his credibility and popularity, and therefore it is his duty as only the current occupant of the office to safeguard both to ensure that his word carries weight, even if just for the sake of his successors.

Bush ignored that, very likely consciously allowed it to be taken away from him without a fight. Not a single one of his political and communications staff took notice. Those that did apparently ignored it - even Rove. It still boggles my mind as to why.

No President who cared about his credibility would have kept McClellan on more than a month. It would have been an issue of competence, not "trust."

"First you win the argument, then you win the vote." - MARGARET THATCHER.
So let's start winning the argument.

He'll hang on to people like George Tenet and McClellan, nominate people like Harriet Miers and let other bad politics slide, yet at times when it matters most, like re-election and getting the funding bills he wants, he seems like the most masterful politician ever. Maybe it's a matter of knowing a few things that work that help some of the time but, whatever else anyone wants to say about him, his legacy will have historians and biographers really working hard to put it all together.

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