Finally, a Republican who’s got a pair.
“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. “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.”
“No doubt you will ‘clean up’ as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm,” Dole added. “When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, ‘Biting The Hand That Fed Me.’ Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years”
Dole’s spokesman confirmed that the email is authentic.
The 1996 Republican nominee wrote that McClellan should have spoken up at the time if he had concerns about the administration, writing that doing so “would have taken integrity and courage.”
Concludes Dole: “You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?”
NewsBusters is brilliant when it comes to things like the recent book by Scott McClellan, the hapless former spokesman for President Bush. They’ve dug up a similar book by one of Clinton’s staffers, and the media coverage that resulted.
In a nonstop round of interviews, George has been hit with scathing criticism. On NBC, Katie Couric asked him how it felt to be called a “turncoat” whose take on the President was “kind of creepy.” Over at CBS, Mark McEwen said the author was being called a “backstabber” and an “ingrate.” On CNN former Clinton adviser Mandy Grunwald noted that if the President hadn’t given George the “opportunity of a lifetime,” George might still be a Capitol Hill aide, not a “multimillion-dollar book writer and commentator” (inside the White House make that “commentraitor”). And James Carville says Washington has become The Truman Show, broadcasting Clinton’s private life in something approaching real time.
Yet, here might be the best part:
Even George, at one time, wouldn’t have approved of George. Commenting on Dick Morris’ memoirs, George said, “You have a responsibility not to embarrass the President. It hurts the country. It’s just stupidity and weakness.” That sentiment may have held Stephanopoulos back. He may have been disloyal enough to take nearly $3 million to write the book, but something kept him from stripping Clinton bare.
Hmmm. You mean sometimes people do things for money? Noooooo.
Stupid question of the day alert: Why isn’t this greedy motivation ever raised when a former member of a Republican administration gets rich off such a tell-all?