As someone who's been a disenchanted employee, and also a whistle-blower of sorts, I don't get how White House defenders are trying to discredit former press secretary Scott McClellan's tell-all book.
They're saying that McClellan is "disgruntled," as if this defuses his explosive criticisms of the Bush administration. Well, yeah, of course he's disgruntled. He feels like he was lied to. Along with most of the rest of the country.
It's been framed as a choice between being (1) a great American, or (2) disgruntled.
How about changing the "or" to "and"? Scott McClellan is a great American and disgruntled. Staying silent about the spewing of propaganda crap isn't the mark of patriotic greatness.
I'm also puzzled by how puzzled Bush apologists are about McClellan's book, "What Happened" (which has garnered 56 Amazon reviews so far and is #1 on the best seller list even though it hasn't even been released yet).
The current press secretary, Dana Perino, is puzzled. So, she says, is President Bush. I guess they can't understand how someone could put loyalty to the truth above loyalty to an ex-employer.
The "ex," of course, explains it all to simple-minded Bushies. Bob Dole has called McClellan a "miserable creature."
"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 Kansas senator wrote to McClellan. "No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique."
As if the Bush administration is open to criticism, or welcomes displays of dissent. If every federal employee who disagreed with Bush's policies quit, there wouldn't be anybody left to run the government.
Today on conservative talk radio I heard blather about how McClellan spoke differently about the Iraq war and other issues when he was press secretary than he does in his book. Thus, he can't be trusted.
Bizarre. Haven't any neo-cons heard about an ability that normal human beings have? It's called changing your mind.
Like when you believe something is true, then find out you were deceived. A national poll shows that President Bush's credibility sank even further after people watched an interview with McClellan.
(Only good news for Bush: when his approval rating hits zero he'll have nowhere to fall.)