Incompetence, Thy Name Is . . .

"Scott McClellan"

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There's not much more that needs to be said than what Haystack said, but let me pile on a bit.

Since I began blogging, I've begged and pleaded for the White House to fire the guy. He was a terrible press secretary who now resorts to sounding like one of the Kos Kidz. I have no doubt he'll be trolling here shortly after registering his account at Fire Dog Lake. In fact, Moe blammed some dude last night with Texas in his name, though that could have been Nick Lampson.

Scott McClellan was probably the worst press secretary in the history of the press operation at the White House. He looked like a deer in headlights any time he was behind the podium. Just witness the professionalism of Ari and Tony on either side of him. He was Busch League in the Bush League.

It's a really crappy way to repay his boss and friend by then throwing everyone else under the bus to save his skin. But I can't really blame him. So bad was he at his job, he needs some sort of excuse other than gross incompetence in order to work again. I guess this is his way to rebuild his resume and get back out there in the job market. Still, I think history will bypass his work of fiction and recognize that McClellan was in over his head, too small for a big office, and not very good at his job. To make himself larger, he's now resorted to tearing down bigger men than himself.

You know what kids say on the playground when one of them passes gas? "First one to cackle laid the egg."* Well Scott, I think you laid the egg. Suck it up and deal with it. And get back under the rock.

Geez. No class with this guy.

*Or, per Haystack, "he who smelt it, dealt it".

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Scott McClellan "turned" on us. I haven't been this shocked since David Brock....

Chances are he was pissed at not getting enough money after he resigned. This is his attempt at an immediate cash out on his years of service. It's interesting to see him try to toe the line between "I respect Bush" and "Bush was mislead by his advisers."

The quote about the cost of the Iraq war at $100-200 billion is rather quaint.

The press will fawn all over McClellan for a few weeks, liberals will hold up his book as "proof" of incompetence in the Bush White House, McClellan will have his day in the sun, and then everybody will move onto the next big thing, sales of McClellan's book will plummet, and he will end up with as much lasting fame as Jim Jeffords. Who? Exactly.

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I can't imagine anyone - liberal or conservative - wanting to actually buy this book and read several hundred pages of Scott McClellan's thoughts. Such as they are.

So, you know, I hope he gets royalties on complementary review copies.


type tables found at the large retailers.

A fitting end...

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But then to be truthful, I don't watch TV that much, so I don't know how well he performed his job as press secretary for Bush administration.

But I've always thought Bush administration's greatest mistake was not setting up strategic communications in taking initiative from media on the coverage of Iraq policy. Could that be McCellan was responsible this sort of failure and more?

Daniel 2:20 And he [God] changeth the times and seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.

dodging, cagey, unreliable, backtracking, etc., etc., etc.

He was terrible.

Fight On!

Or maybe I am wrong. ;)

Daniel 2:20 And he [God] changeth the times and seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.

But he didn't do so hot with the Plame dustup, at any rate.

More importantly this book doesn't paint him in a good light. His claims seem to amount to "I was mislead again and again." Attempting to paint the picture that you're gullible isn't a great idea.

I'm also curious who will buy this book. Liberals don't like him because they think of him as a willing accomplice, conservatives don't like him because he's swapped colors. That would be ironic if the book ends up flopping after he sold out his old employer to make a buck.

I think McClellan was spectacularly inept, but the huge communication gap was far, far bigger than him - the entire Bush camp, starting with Karl Rove, was uniformly terrible in terms of selling any of the Bush agenda to the American people.

I don't lay that one at Scott's feet. As awesome as Tony Snow was after him, the communication was no better.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

it was fun to watch Snow slap those reporters around during the briefings :-)

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Actually pimp-slapped Helen Thomas, who's had that coming for 2 decades.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

My attitude toward McClellan and his book is the same as my attitude toward Doug Feith and his account, which was discussed here a couple weeks ago: Ignore them both. Ignore them all.

Every member of the Bush Administration is now going to write their own "tell-all" book, each of which is designed to show that he was really a good guy, but was working with a bunch of fools and scoundrels that he couldn't affect much. That's what you get when people are desperate to preserve their own reputations after working in an organization with a bad reputation.

Who cares. All I care about is the finished product from the total organization. The Bush Administration's record has been quite disappointing, even more so because it has so damaged the GOP brand. But since neither McCain nor Obama nor Hillary comes out of that Administration, we can turn a page on the lot of them starting in January.

How many on this site, let alone those prominent in the Republican leadership, begged the president to can this ingrate to improve GWOT PR efforts, among other things? We all recall. All of us who listened to McClellan sputter when asked a simple question.

The Left had quite a gift in Scott McClellan. Why that gift should be expected to stop giving escapes me.

My only question is who ghosted this screed. Based on his performance as press secretary, it is safe to assume McClellan didn't even read it before it went to proof. a failure to communicate.

He was incompetent--like the rest of the administration. In his case, he wasn't competent--or more likely, willing--to find out the truth of what was going on before his eyes.

When he eventually discovered that his loyal compatriots had been repeatedly lying to him and throwing him under the bus, the scales fell. He decided to start telling the truth.

That's not a complicated story, or in any way difficult to believe. Changing the topic, putting your hands over your ears, closing your eyes, and humming loudly won't change that.

His unwillingness to perceive the reality around him didn't work out so well for him--or the country, or the world.

Why do people here think that continuing that denial is going to work out better in the future? Isn't there something there about the definition of insanity...?

Playing off this book and story as truthful and accurate, while discounting what the accusees are saying - well, don't talk to US about being in denial.

You've got the truth you want. Just don't assume a priori that it's the *actual* truth.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

... gifting us with. That would at least justify the smart alecky tone.

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

You'll use this guy just like you have used all the other turncoats...right before you kick him to the curb.

Heaven forbid you let someone like that inside your circle. Even you're smart enough to know if he'll do it once, he'll do it again.

The fact that you can use him at all shows you had no morals to begin with. Your agenda is all that matters. This guy is just a means to an end.

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Rather than try to kill the messenger, the administration should say where he is wrong. Their calling him "disgruntled" says nothing about what he says in his book and most people are intelligent enough to wonder why Scotty is being attacked instead of what he wrote.

The publisher of his book is called PublicAffairs which in turn is owned by The Perseus Books Group which owns several other imprints. Find out who has a stake in that publishing company and troll the BDS sites. Somebody will brag about it. They can't help themselves.

There's a reason why this book is coming out now. Why put this out with Bush leaving office in about 7 months (give or take a few days? The media will focus on the outrage and the shock but there's a why or two hiding behind the whole thing. In the end it won't matter if this guy sells any books. The damage is in the media, not the book.

Peter Osnos founded Public Affairs Books and = The Century Foundation

The Century Foundation eventually leads back to George Soros.

Look at the title listings on the Front Page of Public Affairs Books .

...loyalty is the ultimate moral test. This is especially true of those who continue to support what has clearly been a disastrous and duplicitous administration.

The left is using that weak moral stance (loyalty is everything) against us very effectively, and with very good reason.

If loyalty is so important, how about this: continuing to blindly cling to the disastrous policies of the current so-called "conservative" administration is a betrayal of the reasonable and judicious belief systems that form the very roots of conservatism. Misplaced loyalty (like McClellan's).

That kind of blind loyalty is an abdication of the true moral underpinnings that conservatism should be standing up for.

"Sig heil" is not any basis for a conservative moral position.

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

Couldn't resist the Nazi insinuation, could we?

Oh, well.

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the left you speak of and loyalty is speaks to you character which I will assume you have none of!

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

Definitely agree. McClellan was a deer in headlights - more like a squirrel in headlights.
I mean, if you don't believe in the product, how are you expected to sell it?
I'm one of the biggest imperialists I know. Who wouldn't want to open their own Mikey D's in the Green Zone - (cha-ching!) But, much of what you've written could be applied to our Commander in Chief. You know the saying, "Garbage in - garbage out." If the Administration insists on surrounding themselves with "yes-men" what do you expect. The only one there with any sack in Cheney and we all know he's insane.

So what are you gonna do? Blame the messenger? Again? You're right. No one is going to remember his book. More books have been written about deception and this Presidency than any other. So why should his be any more believable.

Who cares about books anyway. Bush 43 suggested himself that he doesn't read books. And if the President doesn't need to read, neither do we.

I've seen Bush carrying books under his arm plenty of times.

He criticizes the WH press corps for not seeing through his lies as he presented the case for WMD.
SAY WHAT? He can now count on the MSM to discredit him.

His first grilling may start tomorrow at 7am. He's scheduled to be the first guest on The Today Show.

Who's more incompetent? The press secretary or the guy who hired him.

"there’s more to conservatism than low taxes, Jesus, and waterboarding at Gitmo." P.J. O'rourke

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"

Why are so many former officials in the Bush administration now criticizing him. Paul O'Neil, Scott McClellan, Doug Feith. The list keeps growing! Are they all Benedict Arnolds or is there something to their criticism?

"there’s more to conservatism than low taxes, Jesus, and waterboarding at Gitmo." P.J. O'rourke

1. Read Doug Feith's book.

2. Trolling is a noxious behavior.

oh, three points

3. go away.

"A man does what he can and endures what he must."

that the Bush administration was a success. But that raises two important points. (1)his full legacy can only be considered after a few years and (2) most of his people were the kind of beltway apparatchiks who inhabit the Democrat party in even larger numbers. That is why they are weasels.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"

....and yet he was hired and kept in the job for three years. funny. Maybe they should have had him run FEMA instead.

...that bugs me the most, I think. They're real people, neighbor. They don't exist solely for you to have histrionics over...

Oh, just go.

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