Yeah. I can’t really believe it myself, but it’s true. I’m kind of sort of impressed with Scotty boy, for having the balls to not only write but actually publish his book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.
Who knew the little Oompa-Loompa had a pair that big. I mean, really. Think about it. Considering how scary these particular Republicans are. I know what you’re thinking? They’re all really, really scary. And you’re right, Virginia, they are all really, really scary, but the bunch Scott is “outing” are particularly so, you got to admit. Especially that Cheney [shiver].
Of course, the details of the book and the “fire storm” surrounding the recent “accidentally early” publication are not really worth rehashing. What is worth pointing out is that Scott is a little fry in comparison to the big bad giants that he is “mouthing off” about. And, unlikes previous defectors from the Bush compound and public, i.e. published, detractors of Bush policy, Scott was a member of the original inner circle. He’d been with Bush since his Texas Governor days, rising up through the ranks to take on the position of Press Secretary after his “good friend” and so-called mentor, Ari “Needle-Head” Fleischer, who wrote his own gutless tale about his time as Press Secretary for W. In an interview on NPR, Fleischer repeatedly claimed that it “breaks my heart” what Scott has written in his book, because he, Ari, just can’t understand where it comes from. Of course, I, along with so many others no dabout, were thinking: Really, Ari? It breaks you’re heart? Because the popular consensus is that you don’t have a heart? But you do have a very shiny and oddly appealing bald head. Ooo, can I touch it?
Prick that Ari is, he had no problem blathering about a private phone call that he and Scott had just before the news broke, which of course added to his, Ari’s, so-called heart break. B-O-O H-O-O! Ari then proceeded to attack McClellan, saying that if Scott had objections about the Iraq policy why did he not object? Or, why did he not simply step down? Why didn’t he quit?
Ari is not the only one to make this claim, and he won’t be the last. It is one of the major talking points against the book. But I think I understand why Scott did it. And it isn’t because of Scott’s great affection of the President, nor is it about giving the Prez and his advisers the benefit of the doubt, both of which are Scotty’s talking points in defense of said attack. When you’re in a position like that, you tow the fucking line that your Boss has given you. Everyone knows, and everyone does it? Especially if you’re a Republican — it’s just the way they operate. How many times at work are people asked to do things that they believe to be wrong or unsavory or whatever? It happens all the fucking time. And as much as we’d like to take a stand, we do not. We do as we are told.
Sure, that my sound wishy-washy, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Most people are wishy washy when it comes to such things. Not to mention it would have made no fucking difference if Scott had resigned. He’d have received the same treatment he is receiving now. And he would have still written the book. It might have been a slightly different book, but he still would have written it. Also, it might not have had the impact, and thus the sales, it is currently enjoying.
The money issue is another point of attack. The claim that Scotty is just trying to make money, that this was predictable. I would not argue with that. But I would also say, So fucking what? I don’t blame Scotty anymore than I blame Paul O’Neil or Richard Clarke, the latter of which btw McClellan apparently apologized to for attacking him, Clarke, for his book Against All Enemies when it was published. Interestingly enough, Clarke also has a new book out, entitled Your Government Failed You. I think Clarke returned to non-fiction because his fiction wasn’t very good. I couldn’t finish either of his two novels, and I really wanted to enjoy them. The point is this is what people in politics do, what they have always done, what they will always do. Sorry if that disillusions you. Perhaps you should go back to the land of gumdrop flowers and cotton candy clouds.
But does this make Scotty a hypocrite? Sure. But, as I once told my students when I taught freshman composition, being a hypocrite is pretty much the definition of being an adult. It’ll happen to you too. Still I give the chubby little former Bushy kudos for finally standing up. Also, he’s been quoted as saying he likes some of Barack Obama’s ideas, how the Democratic front-runner wants to govern from the middle, by building consensus across the isle, which was what W claimed to want to do, what Scott said he witnessed him do as governor of Texas. That just makes me like him a bit more — the Obama thing, not any of the Bush stuff.
Scotty’s disillusionment comes from his naive assumption that W would continue to govern from the middle. That and the fact that he, Scotty, had to take over for his buddy and mentor, Ari, at a time when things really sucked, and he, Scotty, had to pretty much fall in his sword and pass on lies and misinformation for the president that he admired. He felt used and disappointed. So, he wrote a book. Now he’s being attacked. And he is not backing down. And I admire that. Because it would be easier to just lay down and keep your mouth shut.
I’m not sure if this is relevant, but shortly after the news broke and Scotty’s book was all over the news and internet blah blah blah, I looked him up on wikipedia. Turns out Scott and are about the same age. That’s right my boy Scotty is a GenXer. And his standing up to a knuckled headed, ego run amok bunch of Boomers like Bush and Rove and company. (Demographically speaking, Cheney is not a Boomer, but he’s a scary fucking dude.) Perhaps this is a lame reason to feel sympathy for the likes of Scotty McClellan. After all, he was part of an administration that lied to the American people and sent thousands of US Soldiers off to die for a war that was in his own words “a war of choice” not of necessity. All true, but at least his trying to make some kind of amends, and make a chunk of change in the process. But mostly it is the making amends that I’m focusing on. Which is more than you can say the likes of stand up guys like Rove and Fleischer not to mention Bush and Cheney and Rice and the rest of the assholes who will defend their position until they die and hopefully board the Doomed to the Hot Place Express.