To Giudecca with you, Scott McClellan.
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Scott McClellan, the man who was for nearly 3-years the ineffective, completely-in-over-his-head, Bambi-stuck-in-headlights press secretary for President George Bush, is allegedly about to toss his former boss under the bus.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
And we all know by now, because the media have beaten this drum every chance they can for 4-years now, said CIA operative is Valarie Plame - the world's least-covert super-secret spy who is also rumored to have a proclivity for bodice tearing in the service of her country.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame.
"There was one problem. It was not true," McClellan writes, according to a brief excerpt released Tuesday.
Well, we all know people selling books have never, ever been known to try to make the facts better fit their narrative than reality seems to bear out (COUGHmr-valarie-plameCOUGH), right?
To my mind, I've already spent more time on this story than it deserves - except to say the following, and I direct this to the principal of this piece, Mr. Scott McClellan:
Mr. McClellan, for nearly 3-years this President trusted you to go out, day after day, and spread the public relations message for the White House. For the better part of 3-years, when people like, well, me were calling for you to be replaced, you continued to step out on stage and fail before the world. That the White House press operation was a dismal, disgraceful, criminally incompetent failure during that time period therefore must at least in part be laid squarely at your feet.
An honorable man would simply fade away. Quietly.
But that's just not the American way anymore, is it.
That you would now take this opportunity to, apparently, toss your former boss under the bus so you can make a few bucks on a kiss-and-tell book speaks volumes about you, Mr. McClellan. And while I wish ill on no person - or at least, I try to wish no ill on anyone - I just want to take this opportunity to remind you there is a special place reserved for those who pass from this life as traitors to their benefactors (just keep scrolling down...), and I can only wonder, should you go through with this sort of treachery, if you will, in the end, be rewarded with the eternity you will so richly deserve.