Skip to comments.How Washington Culture Seduces [Rush on what happened to McClellan]
Posted on 05/28/2008 6:14:20 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
RUSH: Let me expand a little bit on this theory that I posited right before the conclusion of the previous hour, and that theory basically is we've seen this. I've always talked about the Washington culture, and I've joked here, but it's not really a joke. Over the course of almost 20 years, when I have to go to Washington, I say, "I'm not spending the night there." I'm not going to do my radio show from Washington. I mean, I love our affiliate there, WMAL, but I don't want to get caught in that culture. I have no desire, it's a whole different world, Washington is. It has nothing in common with the rest of the country. The people who are there have their own culture as well. It's not just political, it is social. Everybody that works there and lives there wants to matter, and they want to matter prominently, they want to be big people, and they want to be liked. That place, Washington, DC, is dominated by a liberal culture, it always will be; it always has been. You ask yourselves constantly, you call here and you ask me, "What happened to the Republicans? What happened to them? I mean, they campaigned as big-time conservatives, they win the House in 1993, they get inaugurated in '94, and look at now, where are we? We're about to have a 70-seat deficit in the House of Representatives 14 years later."
One of the things that I think happens is that these guys get up there and they come from mom and pop areas of the country, they get caught up in this culture, and of course they get caught up in wanting to improve and acquire power. It's what these jobs are all about. In the media, in the House, in the Senate, it's all about power. You gotta do things to climb the ladder. You like media approval. Everybody wants to be liked. This is a fact of life; it's human nature; everybody wants to be liked. Some people deal with it better than others, but let's face it, we all want to be liked. Very few of us are raised wanting to be hated. Hitler might have been one. But I don't know too many people who are raised wanting to be hated. I wasn't. I didn't grow up wanting to be hated, and I know you didn't, either. So when these clowns in this power structure of Washington target you and they hate you, what do you do? Well, you don't like it. I mean, everybody wants to get along with people that are their neighbors, you want to get along with the people you work with. So I think one of the many things that happens here is the pull to be liked, the pull to matter, the pull to be a big guy.
That inspires weakness, causes weakness in a lot of people on our side, seeking the approval of the people that run the town, seeking approval of the people that run the social aspects of the town, seeking the approval of the media in this town. Liberals, by the way, ideologically are on a war footing constantly, and their one objective is to rid themselves of any meaningful conservative opposition. They have no desire to get along. They have no desire. They couldn't care less about being liked except by their own, but they don't care whether we like 'em or not. Our side cares. It's all too prevalent. It's all too obvious. And it's nothing that's relatively new. This is why I mentioned McCain and if you'll think back, isn't one of the reasons that those of you who have doubts and suspicions about McCain had them because he seems eager to be approved of by the people we know to be our political enemies. I told the House freshmen this when I went up there for the orientation. They asked me to come up there and speak at orientation, and I said, "Don't be fooled. These people in the media are not here to like you. They don't like you. They don't think that you're great. They're not going to treat you as the majority. They're going to treat you as temporary interlopers. They're going to send Cokie Roberts out there to interview you, those big almond eyes. She's going to bat those eyelashes at you and you're going to melt, and you're going to think the media loves you, and you think they're going to treat you because you're the majority the way they treated the Democrats for 40 years. It isn't going to happen."
As I said, go through the list of people, it's a very small list that I've mentioned here, but there are countless other names. John Dean has been turned by the left. He's now anti-Republican, anti-conservative. David Gergen used to be in the Reagan White House. Now, Gergen was never a doctrinaire conservative, but he sure wasn't what he is today. David Gergen used to be the conservative on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Now he's at this Kennedy School or whatever and he's a regular commentator on CNN, and he's loved, and he's respected. He can hold his head high. He has been allowed in the establishment, and he is considered a learned fellow. He has seen the light. He has abandoned his prior loyalties. Same thing could be said for Colin Powell. Same thing could be said for Armitage. And here was McCain; he was out there basically fostering this. He was the media's favorite conservative. Why? 'Cause he always attacked his own side. He attacked President Bush. They loved him. We resented it. We don't like seeing this stuff happen out in the open. Here comes McClellan. He's just the latest. Everybody that knew McClellan is saying, "I don't know this guy. This is not the Scott McClellan we knew. We never heard him say one word about any of this that he's written in his book." Then McCain, by the way, speaking of McCain, he went out there with his McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform and basically neutered the money machine that led to advantages for the Republican Party. So it was all these things. This is why I've never gone there; it's why I don't want to live there; it is why I don't want to get caught up. I don't care. I am one actually who doesn't care who likes me or dislikes me. I used to, but I don't anymore. It doesn't matter to me. I am at this stage of my life and what I do, I'm actually as proud of the people who hate me as I am of my friends, because they hate me for a good reason. That's because I'm a problem. That's because I pose them a great problem and because they can't turn me.
I don't go to the White House Correspondents Dinner. I've told you over and over what a phony charade that is. For one night, all these people gather, 1,200 people at the Washington Hilton, the president shows up as the butt of everybody's jokes when he's a Republican, and all the Republicans in the room sit there and they laugh at it, too, and they shake hands with all the liberals in the press and in the government and everywhere and act like we're all just one big happy family, for one night, and it's all phony. None of it's real. Well, one part of it's real, and that is our side hoping to be liked by the Democrats and the liberals that are in the White House Correspondents Dinner room itself. If Scott McClellan were right about this administration, Scott McClellan's book would not have come out. Here he is portraying a picture of the Bush administration as constantly campaigning, lying, deceiving, all this conspiracy going on in private meetings that McClellan wasn't allowed to be part of. See, to a lot of us, one of the problems with this administration has always been that they are not what McClellan and the left says they are. They are not confrontational. They are not ideologically aligned. They don't do battles ideologically.
If the Bush administration were what McClellan says it is, then somebody like the ruthless Jim Baker -- remember, now, how long ago was it, just a few months ago that we got the first excerpt from McClellan's book. I forget what it was, but the press went gaga over this thing. I forget what the excerpt was. If the Bush administration were what Scott McClellan says it is, when that excerpt came out, they would have found the ruthless Jim Baker or some such, and they would have summoned little old Scott McClellan to a come-to-Jesus meeting. They would have said, "You know, Scott, your little book here, not a good idea for your family's future. The little book that you're going to right here, Scott, it's really not good for your future." And then they'd give him some job at the Carlyle Group, at the Blackstone Group, where he never had to show up. They'd pay him off and they'd just put him somewhere, a no-show job at one of these Republican things, and be rid of him. But they don't play hardball politics like that, that's not what this administration does. If this had been tried, if McCurry or some other spokesman in the Clinton administration had done something like this, let your mind wander, folks, and think what would happen to that guy. BREAK TRANSCRIPT
RUSH: Dale in Las Vegas, thank you for waiting, sir. You're next on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Nanodittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Okay. Anyway, you speak so poorly of Scott McClellan; it's telling everybody in the world that he has struck a raw nerve.
RUSH: Is that right?
CALLER: Yes. Something he said was very sensitive and maybe even true. You know it and I know it.
RUSH: No. (laughter) I don't know it. All I know is that the people that know Scott McClellan don't know this Scott McClellan. He's never said anything like this before. He wasn't in half the meetings if not more -- and of course the motivation that he has for this is certainly what people are questioning.
CALLER: Well, I'll tell you what. You never believed me when I called you a year ago. I told you three things and you said I was Mr. Gloom and Doom. I said that the Republican Party was gone, I said McCain was a sham, and I said the economy was down the tubes -- and at the time you said, "Well, the stock market's up high," and you also -- Uh, anyway, the price of oil at that time was $60 a barrel.
CALLER: Today it's $127.
RUSH: Yeah. Coming down.
CALLER: I got two big predictions for you.
RUSH: Good! I can't wait. What are these?
CALLER: Obama becomes president, Israel is toast, and I'm really story to say that. I'm a Reagan Republican, and I know what this means to the whole country, and I'll call you back in a year and a half if you still have a microphone and we'll talk about it.
RUSH: (laughing) All right, Dale, I'll look forward to that. You know it and I know it.
CALLER: Okay, thanks.
RUSH: You bet. Here's Candy in Marengo, Ohio. Nice to have you with us on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: I'm great! Thank you.
CALLER: Listen, you know this whole Scott McClellan thing?
CALLER: Even Reagan had his Michael Deaver, and it just seems like these people are really well versed at being able to ferret out these moles and to be able to twist them in the back of the current president.
RUSH: Wait a second. What did Deaver do?
CALLER: He wrote a tell-all book, don't you remember, about how terrible the Reagan administration was and how the press touted it as being just, "Now we can see who the real Reagan is."
RUSH: Oh, yeah. I have a vague memory of this. You know, Stephanopoulos also wrote a tell-all book on the Clintons, but I think it got swept under the rug. I really don't remember it. But regardless, Stephanopoulos is now a senior journalist at ABC. I'd forgotten the Deaver book, and I'm still not fully up to speed on it. Would you put it in the same category is this?
CALLER: Absolutely. Absolutely. And the reason I do... I did not read the book because I was a Reagan supporter and still am, but the reason that I did not read it was because the media made such a big deal of who "the real Reagan" was now. Now we could see who the real Reagan was and now we knew what he was really like.
RUSH: Well, all it does is confirm the theory and confirm the thing that bothers me the most about all this, and that is the culture of Washington and what it takes to get along there; what it takes to be approved there; what it takes to be insulated from these kinds of attacks. I gotta tell you: Scott McClellan is forever going to be an expert on the Bush administration. He is going to be a most-favored-status guest on cable TV. You know, maybe he couldn't find a gig. Maybe one of the problems was he couldn't find work! So he writes the book hoping that this will get him a job with the Drive-By Media somewhere down the line. Who knows?
Rush was really on today. He had a really important and insightful show.
Good job Rush and spot on the target.
How mind wants to rationalize what one disagrees with.
Yes, Limbaugh is a bit hard to take sometimes.
He was better when he was on the Oxy.
Rush is ALWAYS good and ALWAYS right. I thank him every day that I listen to him.
There is another factor. McClellan’s mother lost the GOP nomination for Texas Governor (she was too liberal) and Bush supported the GOP nominee. This is payback.
Bottom-line: McClellan wanted the money (and probably needed it).
Indeed, Rush mentioned that, and that probably played a part. Well, that’s politics. A party cannot support more than one candidate per race, unfortunately. Maybe that’s the answer why McClellan got the job.
This is Scott McLellan’s version of O.J. Simpson’s “How I did It”...
Speaking of White House Press Secretaries, I’m listening to Mark Levin’s show. Mark Levin has just said that Tony Snow’s doctors have told him not to travel. Tony Snow was supposed to be traveling to be giving a speech. My thoughts and prayers to Tony Snow and his family, if needed. I will not speculate.
Former Bush press secretary Snow, sick, cancels Ohio speech
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Former White House press secretary Tony Snow, diagnosed with cancer three years ago, canceled a speaking appearance at Ohio’s Ashland University because of an unspecified illness, the university announced Wednesday.
The university said Snow’s doctors have told him he cannot travel, and that Snow will be replaced by the president’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at Thursday’s fundraising dinner for the Ashbrook Scholar program.
Snow, 52, joined CNN as a conservative commentator in April. He became White House press secretary in April 2006 and served until last August.
In 2005, Snow had his colon removed and was diagnosed with cancer. In March 2007, he underwent surgery to remove a growth in his abdominal area. Doctors determined it was a recurrence of his cancer.
Ashland had no details on Snow’s illness and CNN’s public relations department had no immediate comment Wednesday.
I think Rush chopped him up pretty well. Especially the line McClellan used to blow off another book person when he was “loyal”...
Just another diversion, me from the jilted one and his for his mommy.
All knowing Barack Hussein Obambi ....Obama: McClellan ‘confirmed what a lot of us have thought for some time’... REALLY? Ya don’t say. Could have fooled me.
Has anything been PROVEN? I want proof before I decide.
the oldest profession rears its ugly head again.
GW Bush had 3 strong press secretaries - Ari Fleischer, Tony Snow and Dana Perino. Scott McLellan always seemed to have been an "affirmative action" one, something no President can really afford.
Why aren’t these people required to sign some sort of non disclosure agreement, at least for a reasonable amount of time, in exchange for the job???
I’m sorry—who has Rush shilled for? That uberconservative Bob Dole? The super-duper conservative George H.W. Bush?
Fat chance I’m going to buy his new conservative act is what he really believes. Maybe he’ll claim Marta made him go soft. If anyone knows firsthand how Washington culture seduces, it’s that lately-conservative-again Rush.
Personally, I think the story behind this book can probably be traced from looking at each of the drafts.
I bet he secured a deal and then turned in his manuscript, only to have it returned with the comment “there’s nothing here, you need to spice it up if you want a best seller”
this led him down a path to more and more outrageous assertions until the publishers were happy with the product.
This would explain why his former colleagues are saying “this isn’t the Scott McClellan we knew”.
Bush brought some of this on himself. He has pushed alot of the Democrat agenda. No Child Left Behind, signing Campaign Finance, Prescription Drug, massive deficit spending, illegal immigration. Not fighting the Iraq War correctly from mid 2003 until early 2007.
He sent this guy McClennan out to the wolves and didn’t defend himself so Scott looked like a fool. I’ll give you that some of this maybe payback for mom. But some of this is payback and cahing in for himself.
In any case, he never came off as a quick thinker even it was his job, so now he'll probably talk himself into legal trouble.
McClellan writes: History appears poised to confirm what most Americans today have decided that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder.
In fact, history is poised to do no such thing. Al-Qaida is on the run, and the U.S. is on the cusp of victory in Iraq (for another view of our success in the War on Terror, see Verbatim, page A11). Years from now we think Americans will see this as a turning point in history, a time when an American leader stood up to protect Western Civilization following the barbarous attacks of 9/11.
We dont have space here to refute everything. But one charge in McClellans 341-page tome stands out, so well focus on that: The Bush White House conducted a dishonest political propaganda campaign to sell the war to the American people.
Start with the obvious: Wasnt it McClellans job to resign in protest if he thought the American people were being misled? If so, this was his own failing, not Bushs.
Moreover, contrary to the common wisdom, Bushs rationale for taking out Saddam Hussein was about many things not just one.
Yes, he expressed concern Saddam would get a nuclear weapon with which to blackmail both his neighbors and the West.
But Bush also wanted to halt the spread of terror, deny a possible haven for al-Qaida, and promote democracy in the Mideast, among other things. As ex-Pentagon official Doug Feith recently noted, Bush delivered 24 major speeches on Iraq from Sept. 2002 to Sept. 2004. In them, he made a wide-ranging, nuanced case for getting rid of Saddam. It wasnt only about WMD.
Yet, McClellan claims Bush was shading the truth. Well, what truth did he shade? WMD? In fact, the CIA assessment of Iraq that Bush used was made during President Clintons final year in office. It said that Saddam had a WMD program and, quite possibly, a nuclear weapon. Every major intelligence agency Britains, Frances, Russias, Germanys, Israels, even the U.N.s agreed.
Yes, as it turns out, some of that intelligence was wrong. Even so, reasons for getting rid of Saddam were too numerous to ignore. In October of 2002, Congress cited no fewer than 23 reasons when it overwhelmingly gave Bush the right to remove Saddam.
Bush was clear from the start, and dead honest: This was about defending our nation from the insane jihadists who had declared war on us from their safe-havens in the Mideast. McClellan, blinded by his anger, cant see this. The American people someday will.
If the Bush White House was so horrible, why didn’t Scott McClellan rush right out after he quit and tell Congress all of the shenanigans that were allegedly going on?
He's a freelancer and knows which way the wind is blowing. He can ride the tide quite happy.
So who do the Republicans nominate to run against one of two of the most socialist, anti-American, DemonRat candidates ever to be nominated?
A guy who was seduced by that culture starting in 1982 (Elected to House) and being fully seduced by '86 (first elected to Senate). Yea, that gonna work out real well.
I don't care. I am the one who doesn't care who likes me or dislikes me. I used to,but I don't any more. I doesn't matter to me. I am at the stage of my life and what I do, I'm actually proud of the people who hate me as I am of my friends,because they hate me for a good reason.That's because I'm a problem. That's because I pose them a great problem and because they can't turn me.
Wise words indeed. Words worthy of an elder statesman. Possibly they will go unheard by some Republicans. I have seen well meaning persons in Canadian politics, oh yes, Mr Nice Guy. Keep all the old party hacks in important non elected positions. Next comes the dagger in the back. (Hello Joe Clark). So neatly put, it hardly is noticed. The Canadian Liberal has an affinity with the American Democrat. Ah, cunning, devious, smiling and obsequious reaching across the aisle, nice guys.
John- laddie beware.
There they are, almost chortling with well professionally concealed glee. A cheering section for old Scotty.
Damn their hides.
In CA, in 1994, conservatives won a small majority in the CA assembly and many city and county elected positions. I well remember the attempt to indoctrinate, coopt and even intimidate newly elected county supervisors at the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) in San Diego. They even had members of the MSM there to "coach" us on how to "deal" with them as newly elected supervisors.
Rush's insight today into the human nature aspect of people winning new positions becoming obsessed with media attention and acceptance by previously established liberals is so thick at functions I described above, you can cut the tension with a knife!!!
Conversely, if one doesn't capitulate and suck-up to these liberal lions and even began to move in a conservative direction, the disdain gets so thick you can cut it with a knife!!! If one pokes fun at them with some rhetorical questions the mood can swing to outright open hostility, or a complete shunning in return... It is truly an intensely interesting study in sheep and sheep dogs!!!
It is the reason I keep telling all of you... "Never fall in love with a politician. They'll break your heart every time!!!" (Lee Rodgers, KSFO AM560)
On the money!
This is NOT good. Tony admitted he lost weight during the last hospitalization for nearly one week in Washington state about a month ago, but wouldn't specify the problem. Not good at all...
I hope it was not a premonition.
Prayers going up for a Very Good Man.
That sounds kind of religious.
Do you have a little shrine set up where you pray to him?
Oh, my. I hope it’s not another recurrence of his cancer. I’ll keep Tony in my prayers.
It doesn't matter to me.