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  • Stand Your Ground laws and homicides

    07/06/2012 7:27:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    themonkeycage.org ^ | 27 June, 2012 | Andrew Gelman
    Jeff points me to a paper by Chandler McClellan and Erdal Tekin which begins as follows: The controversies surrounding Stand Your Ground laws have recently captured the nation’s attention. Since 2005, eighteen states have passed laws extending the right to self-defense with no duty to retreat to any place a person has a legal right to be, and several additional states are debating the adoption of similar legislation. Despite the implications that these laws may have for public safety, there has been little empirical investigation of their impact on crime and victimization. In this paper, we use monthly data from...
  • Ex-Bush Spokesman (McClellan) Backs Obama

    10/24/2008 5:06:28 AM PDT · by meandog · 38 replies · 934+ views
    The former press secretary to George Bush has announced he is backing Barack Obama in the race to replace his ex-boss as US president. Scott McClellan said on Thursday that he had decided to back the Democrat because he wanted to support the candidate with the best chance of changing the way Washington - the political heart of the US - works and gets things done. His announcement is yet another blow to the campaign of John McCain, the Republican contender, who is struggling to erode Obama's opinion poll lead. McClellan is the second former Bush administration figure this week...
  • Former Bush aide voting for Obama [Scott McClellan]

    10/23/2008 6:42:38 PM PDT · by woofie · 108 replies · 2,220+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 23 08
    (CNN) — Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama. "From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping," McClellan told new CNN Host D.L. Hughley McClellan, a onetime Bush loyalist whose scathing critique of the president sent shock waves across Washington last spring, has long hinted he was leaning toward the...
  • Former Bush Press Secretary Backs Obama [Slimy weasel alert)

    10/23/2008 3:27:46 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 83 replies · 2,026+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 23 2008 | DAVID BAUDER
    NEW YORK -- Scott McClellan, President Bush's former press secretary, says he is backing Barack Obama for president. McClellan made the endorsement during a taping of Comedian D.L. Hughley's new show that is premiering on CNN this weekend.
  • McClellan Late Show

    06/25/2008 12:56:37 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 88+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 25, 2008 | Ben Giles
    McClellan Late Show by: Ben Giles, June 25, 2008 Former press secretary Scott McClellan remains concerned about what he calls “a cloud of suspicion over the White House,” particularly concerning the leak of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on June 19, McClellan expressed his frustration over alleged leaks and cover-ups by White House officials, and questioned the possible involvement of Vice President Dick Cheney. “I do not think the President had any knowledge,” said McClellan. “In terms of the Vice President, I do not know.” The allegations at the time were...
  • Scott McClellan makes news at Al Jazeera

    06/23/2008 3:53:49 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 20 replies · 1,095+ views
    Al Jazeera | 6/20/08
    Ex-Bush aide critical of CIA 'leak' Scott McClellan, the former White House spokesman, has again criticised Bush administration officials for their role in covering up a leak that revealed a CIA operative's identity. McClellan told a congressional commitee on Friday he had reservations about publicly clearing Lewis "Scooter" Libby, an aide to Dick Cheney, over the leak, a claim that proved to be untrue. "I was reluctant to do it,'' McClellan told the Democratic party-led House Judiciary Committee. "I got on the phone with Scooter Libby and asked him point-blank, 'Were you involved in this in any way?' And he...
  • Whatever Became of Scott McClellan?

    06/23/2008 11:33:19 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 31 replies · 89+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 23, 2008 | Rachel Paulk
    Whatever Became of Scott McClellan? by: Rachel Paulk, June 23, 2008 Scott McClellan’s book What Happened spans a range of events that occurred during the Bush years, including the 9/11 and Katrina catastrophes, the Plame scandal, and the controversial Iraq War. McClellan also provides scathing profiles of the star-studded White House, criticizing Karl Rove, Condi Rice, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush, among others. McClellan joined the Bush team when George W. was governor of Texas and planning on running for presidential office. Following Bush’s ascent to presidency, McClellan worked under Ari Fleischer as the principal deputy press secretary; after...
  • Scott McClellan Stumbles When Confronted About Joseph Wilson At House Judiciary Hearing

    06/21/2008 12:27:25 PM PDT · by Quaker · 51 replies · 634+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | June 21, 2008 | Quaker
    Scott McClellan appeared before the House Judiciary committee yesterday. When asked about Joseph Wilson and the defamation of Wilson’s character by Sheila Jackson- Lee McClellan seemed to sympathize with the harm that had been done by the evil forces in the White House during and before his tenure as Press Secretary. Jackson-Lee asked McClellan specifically about the Uranium in Niger that Wilson reported on. Later in his testimony Scott was confronted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) with some disturbing facts via a declassified CIA report. McClellan visually surprised with these facts began to backtrack. (Video Included)
  • McClellan: I share blame

    06/11/2008 2:09:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 101+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2008 | Katie Fretland
    Applause erupted, the crowd parted and then... there he was. Scott McClellan strode into the bookstore wearing khaki pants and a light-blue buttoned-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. There was standing room only-- almost everyone had arrived early to hear his insider's view on the workings of Washington. McClellan, the president's former spokesman, spoke last night in his first in-store appearance about his new tell-all book, "What Happened." The book has drawn considerable interest - McClellan says the Bush administration misled the public into war by grossly overstating the threat of Iraq. His book also reveals his personal account...
  • Crazy Denny K swings his impeachment noose again; Wexler mob wants McClellan to testify

    06/10/2008 5:03:19 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies · 163+ views
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | June 10, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    In case you’ve been missing impeachment mob theater, the lead actor is back. Rep. Dennis Kucinich was back on the House floor tonight introducing a 35-count resolution to impeach President Bush. Kucinich delayed introducing the impeachment resolution after speaking with House Judiciary Committee members in January. Guess he got a green light. You’ll recall that five months ago, he promised to bring articles of impeachment against President Bush to the House floor on the day of the State of the Union address–and was forced to withdraw BDS remarks declaring the State of the Union a “lie.” (See WaPo editorial page...
  • McClellan To Testify Before House

    06/09/2008 2:16:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies · 108+ views
    McClellan To Testify Before House WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Bush's former spokesman, Scott McClellan, will testify before a House committee next week about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity. McClellan will testify publicly and under oath before the House Judiciary Committee on June 20 about the White House's role in the leak and its response, his attorneys, Michael and Jane Tigar, said on Monday. In his new book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," McClellan said he was misled...
  • Scott McClellan: Patriot or betrayer? Parallels between ex-Bush aide, Judas Iscariot

    06/07/2008 2:27:43 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 165+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 6/7/08 | Pat Boone
    He was a spokesman for the Chief. He traveled with him, conversed with him, shared meals and confidences with him, was certainly one of his closest friends. He learned from him, believed in him, benefited greatly from the association – and, when asked, would try to explain him and his mission to others. He was trusted. He was identified with the Chief, and he basked in that. Oh, he didn't go along with everything the Chief did, and he didn't fully understand all he said, but he tried faithfully to represent the man and what he was doing, and he...
  • Scott McClellan: Not Saul, Not Paul

    06/05/2008 7:28:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 76+ views
    Commentary ^ | Peter Wehner
    Scott McClellan: Not Saul, Not Paul Peter Wehner Web Exclusive By now Scott McClellan's credibility has been damaged. He has shown an inability to handle questions from CNN's Anderson Cooper, NBC's Tim Russert, and others. Watching Scott trying to defend himself and his new book, What Happened, was at times a painful experience. His I-was-Saul-but-now-I'm-Paul meme isn't convincing, and so once again he is left reaching for talking points in an effort to keep himself afloat.McClellan, never a memorable figure, will soon be forgotten. But before the door shuts completely on him, I want to examine some claims he...
  • What really happened (RE: Scott McClellan, Wilson-Plame)

    06/05/2008 6:22:47 AM PDT · by Heart of Georgia · 18 replies · 438+ views
    Henry Daily Herald - Online ^ | June 5, 2008 | James Studdard
    Scott McClellan, the former Press Secretary to President Bush (now a puppet for the Left) has written a book named, "What Happened," (probably ghost-written by the tripartite efforts of Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and Harry Reid) which suggests that: The president used propaganda at worst, or bogus intelligence at best, as a basis for the invasion of Iraq; that Scooter Libby, Vice president Cheney or Karl Rove leaked the name of the CIA operative, Valerie Plame, and if the president didn't authorize it, he, at least, had knowledge of it. Here is what really happened: • In February, 2002, Joseph...
  • Tale of Two Books (Dueling book reviews, McClellan vs Feith)

    06/03/2008 3:35:16 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 5 replies · 154+ views
    FrontPage.com ^ | June 03, 2008 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    A Tale of Two Books   By Frank J. Gaffney Jr. FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, June 03, 2008 I don’t generally make a habit of disagreeing with Peggy Noonan.  She is after all, one of the most thoughtful, accomplished and influential wordsmiths of our time.  She is also a much-admired friend and colleague.In an essay published last week in the Wall Street Journal last weekend, however, Peggy offered what amounted to a defense of Scott McClellan’s new memoir of his years in the George W. Bush administration, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. To...
  • "We Were Lied To"

    06/03/2008 12:16:27 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 17 replies · 137+ views
    kunstler.com ^ | June 2, 2008 | James H, Kunstler
    "We Were Lied To". This meme, which has been the mantra among supposed political "progressives" for years now, was reignited over the weekend with the publication of a memoir by former Bush press secretary Scott McLellan claiming that President Bush and his cronies wove a spell of lies to get a war in Iraq underway. This is the narrative that Americans tell themselves to prove that, if it weren't for bad leaders, we would be a morally upright nation. I don't think so. And, remember, I write the following as a registered Democrat (and an Obama voter in my primary...
  • Scott McClellan Out - Mr. Stick Figure In! (Funny Stuff!)

    11/07/2005 8:12:53 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 34 replies · 732+ views
    WazzaDem | 11/7/05
    Scott McClellan Out - Mr. Stick Figure In As you all know, Scott McClellan submitted his resignation today. I want to thank Scott for his hard work and dedication, and wish him the best of luck.    It's my pleasure to appoint as Press Secretary Mr. Stick Figure. He's well informed, he speaks his mind, and I'm sure you'll all enjoy working with him. Stick?    Thanks, boss. You heard the man - Mumbly McMushmouth is out, Stick Figure is in, so let's get this show on the road. Let's hear from...    You...Four-eyes.     Me?    Not you, the other four-eyes.    Me?    What...
  • Cheney calls suspending gas tax a 'false notion'

    06/02/2008 9:33:04 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 38 replies · 40+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 2 June 2008 | Ben Feller
    WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday rejected a suspension of the federal gasoline tax as proposed by his party's presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain. Cheney said it would offer little help to consumers coping with gas prices around $4 a gallon. The vice president's critique went further than President Bush's own comments on the idea, which appears dead anyway. "I think it's a false notion, in the sense that you're not going to have much of an impact, given the size of the gasoline tax on the total cost of the gallon of gas," Cheney said when...
  • I Read What Happened & All I Got Were Half-Truths [McClellan]

    06/02/2008 9:29:24 PM PDT · by Enchante · 9 replies · 390+ views
    National Review ^ | June 2, 2008 | Mark Hemingway
    And having read the book, I have to hand it to McClellan. In a genre as routinely and justly derided as the Washington memoir, it takes a special talent to produce a specimen that even by those standards is this flaming-dirigible bad. It’s usually the sign of a weak reviewer that he feels the need to extrapolate some sort of psychoanalysis from the text, but in McClellan case it’s unavoidable. In fact, once I began reading McClellan’s book, I had to seek outside counsel to confirm my suspicions about his precarious mental state. Political consultant Mary Matalin — no stranger...
  • Holy Smokes, Did anyone see O'Reilly just tear McClellan a new one?

    06/02/2008 5:35:15 PM PDT · by adm5 · 25 replies · 175+ views
    me | 6-2-08 | adm5
    I'm no fan of B-O-R, but WOW, he just skewered Benedict Mcclellan. My opinion of Bill just went from a zero point 1, to a full 1 point on a 10 point scale. Way to go Billy!
  • O'Reilly grilling slimy McLellan tonight.

    06/02/2008 5:31:07 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 15 replies · 336+ views
    Leo | 6/2/08 | Leo
    Bill grilling McLellan tonite on his show, more parade from the traitor gallery.
  • Will the Real Scott Please Stand Up?

    06/02/2008 10:58:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 231+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 2, 2008 | Trent D. Duffy
    Since you're not answering my e-mails anymore, I'm writing to pose a few questions that haven't been asked on your truth, honesty and candor tour: · Was it the truth or a lie when you told me, during a series of personal discussions in your West Wing office in late 2005 and early 2006 (at the apex of what you now call your period of "disillusionment" and "dismay"), that you were happy in your job and proud to serve President Bush and that you had no intention of leaving soon? What about in April 2006, when rumors swirled about a...
  • McClellan on Plame (This has to hurt!)

    06/01/2008 11:25:11 PM PDT · by dalight · 91 replies · 1,457+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 2, 2008 | Robert Novak
    <p>A partisan Democratic mantra began earlier in the book. McClellan writes George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign "acquiesced to certain advisers, including Roger Ailes and the late Lee Atwater," who opposed Bush's "civility and decency." (McClellan, then 20 years old, played no part in that campaign.) McClellan contends that thanks to Rove in 2002, "the first cracks appeared in the facade of bipartisan comity."</p>
  • McClellan gives no new evidence (based on books he read AFTER leaving WH and "reflection")

    06/01/2008 11:46:24 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 23 replies · 115+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2008 | jon Ward
    Scott McClellan's most explosive charges about the Iraq war are based not on any new evidence but rather on his reading of books and magazine articles after leaving the White House and on a period of "reflection." ---- This charge has been given great authority because of Mr. McClellan's former status as a White House insider. But a close reading of his book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washingtons Culture of Corruption," shows that he reveals no new information about the presidents motives. ---- Mr. McClellan also said that after leaving the White House in 2006, he...
  • Bob Dole Calls Scott McClellan a 'Miserable Creature'

    05/30/2008 10:43:58 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 40 replies · 210+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | May 30, 2008 | Bob Dole
    Bob Dole says Bob Dole is mad at Scott McClellan. The former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential candidate sent a nasty e-mail to McClellan calling him a "miserable creature" for his latest book blasting the Bush administration, FOX News has learned. In the e-mail, Dole basically describes the former White House press secretary as a traitor looking to cash in on the "liberal" media's distaste for President Bush. "There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don't have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues," the five-term...
  • McClellan Turns and Runs

    05/31/2008 3:25:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 93+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2008 | Bill O'Reilly
    This just in: Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan has written a new book that hammers President Bush! Among other things, McClellan says Mr. Bush did not handle Hurricane Katrina correctly, botched the Iraq war, which never should have been fought in the first place, and partied hard as a young guy. That sounds like it's worth $30, does it not? But the far-left media is swooning. Yeah, baby, a former Bush guy coming clean. Can't get enough of that! Some inside baseball: Last November, "Factor" producers contacted McClellan's "people" about the book and were assured the author would be...
  • MoveOn Says McClellan Should Not Profit

    05/31/2008 5:06:02 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 18 replies · 200+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 05/31/08 | Jon Ward
    "But McClellan shouldn't profit off the role he played in our nation's largest foreign policy blunder,” the release reads. "After spending years defending the Bush administration and perpetuating the lies that led our country into war, Scott McClellan is poised to make bank — his tell-all book is a bestseller and he may make hundreds of thousands or millions,” MoveOn says. "Meanwhile, our troops are still dying in Iraq.” ...
  • Nothing in the McClellan Book

    05/31/2008 2:18:32 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 36 replies · 53+ views
    The Bush administration is crazy for mounting so vigorous a defense to the McClellan book, talking about what an ungrateful sleaze he is. All this publicity is just helping book sales and leaving the average person with the impression that a top Bush official wrote a tell-all book saying that Bush was a phony on the war in Iraq. But the fact is that McClellan's book doesn't have anything in it. It makes NO important new revelations. It says Bush was negligent on Katrina. So the news? Then he used "propaganda" to convince us to invade Iraq - well, what...
  • Robert Novak: McClellan's Revenge

    05/31/2008 10:08:16 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 16 replies · 81+ views
    RCP ^ | May 31st, 2008 | Robert Novak
    Republican insiders see the bitter criticism in Scott McClellan's memoir, "What Happened," as a payback for his abrupt firing as White House press secretary in the spring of 2006. McClellan's book makes it clear he did not like it when newly appointed White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten informed him he was done as press secretary. His resignation was announced six days later. While McClellan's attack on President George W. Bush shocked Washington, it was no surprise to many people in Austin, Texas. They say McClellan's mother, veteran Texas politician Carole Keeton Strayhorn, has been predicting that her son...
  • What Happended Was This (Inside the Obama campaign tell-all) - Satire from P Moonbeam Chronicles

    05/31/2008 9:54:57 AM PDT · by Digital Disaster · 1 replies · 93+ views
    The Peace Moonbeam Chronicles ^ | 5/30/08 | Peace Moonbeam
    May 30, 2008Berkeley, CaliforniaThis week ex-Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan's tell-all book "What Happened" was released to huge fanfare. Scooter came over Wednesday morning with a copy and breathlessly exclaimed this was his "ticket to the easy life." Sometimes Scooter gets like this when he's had too many Mountain Dews for breakfast. When he finally calmed down, he explained that the whole country was talking about this book and it was selling like Love Lube at a Gay Pride parade.It took me a bit to finally understand that Scooter wasn't excited about the dirt this book dished on Chimpy McHitler, but rather the...
  • Exclusive: McClellan pitch softer on Bush

    05/31/2008 6:03:06 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 17 replies · 65+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/31/08 | Ryan Grim
    Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has been arguing that his much-celebrated memoir turned out to be a harsher verdict of President Bush than the one he initially set out to deliver. The more muted tone of his confidential book proposal — disclosed here for the first time after being obtained by Politico and authenticated by its publisher, PublicAffairs— lends weight to his claim. But the full-force payback he ultimately delivered is also visible in a glimpse or two — such as in the proposed title: “The Unvarnished Truth About George W. Bush: His Former Spokesman Talks Candidly About...
  • McClellen's Book Gets Up McAuliffe's Irish

    05/31/2008 5:45:58 AM PDT · by paltz · 32 replies · 83+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/30/08 | ABC
    Hillary Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe tells the National Journal's splendiferous Tammy Haddad that he doesn't care for former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellen's scathing memoir. "I never like it when someone works for someone and then comes out and writes a book trashing them," quoth the Macker. "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...
  • Obama Knocks McCain, Invokes McClellan

    05/30/2008 10:41:03 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 15 replies · 107+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 30, 2008 | BLAKE DVORAK
    In a speech scheduled to be delivered tonight at a rally in Montana, Obama will again call McCain's Iraq invitation "nothing more than a political stunt." In criticizing McCain over the war, Obama is also expected to invoke Scott McClellan's new book, according to excerpts of the speech. Obama: ""The American people have had enough spin. Just this week, we were reminded by President Bush's own former spokesman of how it was deception -- not straight talk -- that misled the American people into war. It's time to cut through the tough talk so that we can be straight with...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 05-30-08 (Wexler Screeches For Impeachment Based On McClellan Book)

    05/30/2008 7:06:36 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 81 replies · 227+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | May 30, 2008 | Robert Wexler, KOmmies, and PJ-Comix
    There is only a little over a half a year left in Bush's presidency yet that hasn't kept Congressman Robert Wexler from continuing to screech for his impeachment. This time Wexler thinks he has found the key for the impeachment. It comes in the form of Scott McClellan's book, "What Happened?" which is short on actual facts but does include a passage where Scotty spotted Karl Rove and Scooter Libby walk into a private room together. CHIMPEACHMENT NOW!!! Of course, if McClellan eventually does testify before congress there will be nothing solid to be found which is why Rush...
  • (Judas)McClellan: 'I'd be glad' to testify about Bush White House(Barf Alert)

    05/30/2008 5:29:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies · 229+ views
    Communist News Network ^ | May 30, 2008 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said Friday he would be willing to comply with a rumored congressional subpoena to discuss the administration’s handling of pre-war intelligence, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer he’d be “glad to share my views” if asked to testify. Facing a firestorm over his book, McClellan also confirmed reports that he had apologized to Richard Clarke for questioning his honesty after the former counterterrorism official published his own book critical of the White House. “That was part of our talking points at the time. I didn’t even read the book,” McClellan admitted Friday....
  • Fleischer: McClellan Sounds Far-Left

    05/30/2008 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 41 replies · 332+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/29/2008
    You called Scott McClellan last night. What did you ask him? ARI FLEISCHER, FORMER W.H. PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I did. Actually it was before the story broke about the book. So, it was a social call and Scott brought up the book. We talked about it and he told me he thought it was going to be an honest, brutal, I mean honest, blunt book — he didn't say brutal. And I'm not sure I thought it was going to be as bad as it sounds like it is. HEMMER: What do you mean? FLEISCHER: From what I'm hearing from...
  • What Happened?

    05/30/2008 5:20:05 PM PDT · by Nony · 33 replies · 145+ views
    National Review ^ | May 30, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    Not since America’s most revered feckless crapweasel, former Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, switched parties have Beltway Republicans been more eager to sew a half-starved ferret into someone’s body cavity. In this case, the desired victim is former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who has coughed up a time-honored hairball of capital culture: the “tell-all” memoir. This is a bit of a misnomer in that they usually tell little but claim much. It’s been rumored that McClellan was hired by the Bush White House to appeal to a specific sub-constituency: pasty middle-aged men with a thumbless grasp of the English...
  • The Network Behind the Bush-bashing Book

    05/30/2008 1:59:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 41 replies · 460+ views
    familysecuritymatters.org ^ | May 30, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Publisher Peter Osnos, who admits to personally working with former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan on his new book, What Happened, began his career as an assistant to I.F. Stone, the pro-communist "journalist" named as a Soviet agent of influence who was the uncle of Weather Underground communist terrorist Kathy Boudin. But the connections don't end there. Boudin's son Chesa was raised by Barack Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were Boudin's comrades in the communist terrorist group, after Kathy Boudin went to prison for her involvement in an armed robbery and assault that took the...
  • Scott McClellan’s New Spin

    05/30/2008 11:39:33 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 19 replies · 83+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 5-30-08 | Jacob Laksin
    If there’s one point of convergence between the Bush administration’s friends and foes it is in the bipartisan belief that many of the president’s hiring decisions cannot be considered a success. Whether it was the amiable but under-qualified Harriet Miers or the well-meaning but fumbling Alberto Gonzalez, the president has a distressing knack for rewarding loyalty and friendship above competence and merit. The case of Scott McClellan, the ex-White House press secretary and former presidential favorite whose sniping tell-all about the Bush presidency has the political world abuzz, does not offer a counterexample.
  • Texans say McClellan's turn started at home with mom (a diehard lib)

    05/30/2008 11:30:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 47 replies · 55+ views
    WashTimes ^ | 5-30-08 | Jon Ward
    Scott McClellan's critics in Washington have speculated about his motives for writing a book bashing President Bush, but back in the former White House spokesman's home state of Texas, some chalk it up to something very simple: his gene pool. Bush defenders and impartial observers point in particular to Mr. McClellan's mother, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, as having set a precedent for turning on former allies, while others say that his family tree had strong liberal leanings. They also said his decision will make it hard to do what all Texans do: return home. "Scott's going to be something of a...
  • McClellan's book on Bush a surprise hit for many (Weasel only received $75K advance from publisher)

    05/30/2008 11:11:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies · 92+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/30/08 | HILLEL ITALIE
    The allegations of deceit in Scott McClellan's book have been a surprise not only for Bush officials enraged with the former White House spokesman but also for publishers who turned down what is now the industry's hottest release. "Books by spokespeople rarely contain anything newsworthy and have generally not proven particularly compelling to consumers," said Steve Ross, publisher of the Collins division of HarperCollins and head of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House Inc. at the time McClellan was offering his manuscript. "It was shopped around but, like others who publish in the category, we didn't even take a...
  • The Spokesman Decides to Speak (Review of McClellan's Book)

    05/30/2008 9:57:37 AM PDT · by big black dog · 8 replies · 95+ views
    WSJ ^ | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    ...Grievances against former White House colleagues animate much of "What Happened." Mr. McClellan's broader theme, about dysfunctional politics, fades away. He shows no interest in examining, say, the partisan underpinnings of Joe Wilson's public criticism of the Bush administration. And the former White House press secretary offers little meditation on whether the administration had a duty to expose Mr. Wilson's political motives – and, if not, what the White House might have done instead. Astonishingly, for someone who proclaims himself appalled by spin and the manipulation of information, Mr. McClellan offers his one bombshell – the suggestion that Mr. Rove...
  • Bob Dole unloads on McClellan

    05/30/2008 9:14:07 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 143 replies · 272+ views
    The Politico ^ | May 30, 2008 | Jonathan Martin
    Bob Dole unloads on McClellan Bob Dole yesterday sent a scalding email to Scott McClellan, excoriating the former White House spokesman as a "miserable creature" who greedily betrayed his former patron for a fast buck. In an extraordinary message obtained and authenticated by Politico, Dole uses his trademark biting wit to portray McClellan as a classic Washington opportunist. "There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues," Dole wrote in a message sent yesterday morning. "No, your type soaks up the...
  • Blame Bush for McClellan

    05/30/2008 9:02:52 AM PDT · by rob777 · 59 replies · 86+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 30, 2008 | C. Edmund Wright
    Has there ever been as much chatter among the pundits about someone as light weight, un-talented, inconsequential (and utterly predictable) as Scott McClellan? I mean, who was he again? Oh yeah, that boring, un-engaged pasty little white dude who mumbled through the daily press briefings after Ari Fleisher and before Tony Snow. I remember him now. I used to wonder how in the world it was that the President found someone so totally unimpressive to help fight his media battles. Then I remembered: McClellan was a more appropriate as Press Secretary for the New Tone President than either his predecessor...
  • McClellan not sure about McCain, intrigued by Obama (May Vote for Barak)

    05/30/2008 5:44:22 AM PDT · by meandog · 58 replies · 667+ views
    Politico Via Drudge | 5/29/08 | Johnathan Martin
    McClellan not sure about McCain, intrigued by Obama Scott McClellan, making the media rounds to promote his book and push back against the ferocious counter-attack by Bush loyalists, declined to come out tonight for John McCain and said he liked what he had heard from Barack Obama. "I haven't made a decision," McClellan told Katie Couric on CBS's "Evening News," when asked if he was backing the Arizona senator. McClellan paid homage to McCain, saying that the Republican nominee had "governed from the center, and that's where I am." But without prompting, he said he was "intrigued by Sen. Obama's...
  • McClellan Quote Clarifies (VIDEO)

    05/29/2008 11:57:50 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 12 replies · 71+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | May 29, 2008 | Martha MacCallum
    This Scott McClellan quote, referring to Richard Clarke's book release, really sheds light on exactly why McClellan has done what he has...
  • McClellan Is a True Patriot, and my personal hero! Got to love the whistle Blower Laws

    05/29/2008 11:31:18 AM PDT · by multimediaman · 227 replies · 426+ views
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  • McClellan's Book Rocks the Beltway: Problem Is, Who's McClellan and Who Cares?

    05/29/2008 10:35:35 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 12 replies · 46+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | May 29, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    RFFM.org Commentary Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan recently wrote a book which is highly critical of the George Bush administration. The only reason I know who Scott McClellan is stems from the fact I am insane. I spend too much time watching and analyzing politics. And, if you don't know who McClellan is, I would suggest you use this fact on a resume to prove you care about the people in the world who matter. However, if you had a chance to watch and read comments from the dominant media concerning McClellan and the revelations in his literary...
  • Now Casting: Scott McClellan, THE MOVIE

    05/29/2008 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 36 replies · 200+ views
    May 29, 2008 | Cinnamon Girl
    STARRING: Jack Black as the dimwitted, confused and chunky Scott McClellan. SCOTT: "I'm not trying to sell a book. I'm trying to tell the truth this time. Pretty much. Just like I always have. Before I had to lie. This time it's all true, though."Bruce Willis as the unflappable and devastatingly adept White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. ARI: "Arafat is the MLK of the palestinian peace movement? Don't make me come down there, Helen. I'd kill you with my bare hands, but I don't want to disrespect the elderly."Kurt Russell as the honorable, dedicated, deeply loyal President George W....
  • I Knew It All Along [Scott McClellan]

    05/29/2008 9:38:42 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 34 replies · 190+ views
    NYT ^ | May 29th, 2008 | Editorial
    There are several kinds of Washington memoirs: “I Reveal the Honest Truth,” a kiss-up-and-tell designed to settle scores (nod to honesty optional). “I Was There at the Start,” designed to make the author appear to be the linchpin of history. And, most tedious: “I Knew It Was a Terrible Mistake, but I Didn’t Mention It Until I Got a Book Contract.” Scott McClellan’s memoir is the latest entry in the latter genre. Among his far-too-late admissions, President Bush’s former spokesman reveals that he knew the war in Iraq was “a serious strategic blunder,” but the White House decided the best...