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  1. Robert says

    Oh my! Imagine it, a President of the United States using his LAWFUL authority to, gasp! – declassify information and authorize the release to the media!

    The most entertaining part of this is watching the left’s collective orgasm.

  2. Matt says

    While I’m sure a lot of the book is true and I can’t wait to read it at my local library, we need to remember that he was fired and my have a bit of an ax to grind here. I’ve already heard some things on CNN saying that in his book he talks about meetings he was never a part of. Like I said, most of it has some truth but I’m wondering if some has been exaggerated as well to sell books. Because let’s face it, it’s not about telling the truth in this book. It is about making money.

  3. FizziekruntNT says

    LMAO! I keep envisioning Mr. Burns, wrenching his hands while making his standard pronouncement, “exxxxxxcellent.”

    HAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! Now perhaps we can witness the first hanging execution of a real set of traitors ever in the history of the U.S. I’m enjoying the thought of Bush’s entire cabinet having just taken a collective dump in their already skid-marked panties.

  4. Tread says

    Robert, you Bushies will do anything to protect your boy king.

    Sadly, you can’t admit that you were absolutely mistaken about your support for what has been the most disastrous presidency in the history of our democracy.

    I know it’s hard to admit you were wrong, but it’s what adults do.

  5. peterparker says

    ROBERT…I assure you it is far more entertaining to watch Republican wingnuts try to ignore the fact that Scooter Libby, with the blessing of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, exposed the identity of a United States CIA COVERT AGENT. This isn’t going to play well in November. (And by the way, why don’t you go back to posting on whatever hideous Republican blog you came from?)

  6. Tread says

    Matt,

    McClellan was not fired. He left voluntarily. I don’t know why you’re making that up. From Fox News (http://tinyurl.com/6l4rph), Bush said this about McClellan:

    “First of all, I thank Scott for his service to our country. I don’t know whether or not the press corps realizes this, but his is a challenging assignment dealing with you all on a regular basis. And I thought he handled his assignment with class, integrity. He really represents the best of his family, our state and our country. It’s going to be hard to replace Scott. But, nevertheless, he’s made the decision and I accept it.

    One of these days he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas, talking about the good old days and his time as the Press Secretary. And I can assure you I will feel the same way then that I feel now, that I can say to Scott, job well done.”

  7. crispy says

    You know how on the Daily Show when there’s a ridiculously dishy controversy brewing and John Stewart pulls a giant soda and a bucket of popcorn out from under his desk?

    This is just like that. I for one am highly entertained.

  8. Derrick from Philly says

    You know, in our many discussions about the Democratic Primaries, ZEKE warned us that there were visitors posting who were actually Republicans–they weren’t going to vote for Hillary or Barack anyway. They just wanted to rile the rest of us up, and create animosity on this blog. I think some of them are making themselves known on this thread.

    Defending the Bush Administration in any way is something only a Republican could do…or a pro-football coach.

    I think Papa Bush may even be totally fed up with Bush:the Idiot now.

  9. Jersey says

    I always thought it was primarily McClellan who Gannon was fucking (I suspect he was doin’ W too, evidenced by W’s penchant for fondling bald heads).

  10. Leland Frances says

    Christ of the Andes, Matt! Wake the fuck up!

    But why should anyone expect more from you when the PROFESSIONAL commentators are all treating McClellan’s charges as NEWS! The only thing really new about it is that it’s coming from another insider.

    If they had ANY decency, any INTEGRITY, and TRUE patriotism, they wouldn’t be doing their usual dog and pony fake impartiality routine by presenting “balanced” responses from Bush Reich members Barlett and Fleisher [both with MAJOR gay face despite their vaginal spouses] et al.—all whom any historian with balls will one day categorize along with Bush fils as WAR CRIMINALS. Instead, talking heads like Meredith would be saying,

    “In his new book, Scott McClellan gives further confirmation to what REAL journalists have been reporting for YEARS: the invasion of Iraq was built upon a spider’s web of lies. For example, we refer you [and someone named Matt out there in Blogville] to Bill Moyers’ incontrovertible, in-depth expose last year “Buying the War” which can be viewed online at

    http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/btw/watch.html

    QUOTE: “‘Buying the War’ examines the press coverage in the lead-up to the war as evidence of a paradigm shift in the role of journalists in democracy and asks, four years after the invasion, what’s changed?”

    Repulsively, we could ask the same thing THIS MORNING!

  11. Matt says

    Tread,

    I’m not making that up. That is what was said on ABC news last night. I have seen your clip from Fox News. Doesn’t Fox news have a proponderance for pandering to the rights needs and whims?

  12. Jack says

    Yeah, they want McClellan to testify before the Judiciary Committee, but not people like Karl Rove, oh no siree! The NeoCons can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it, can they? Scumbags!

  13. Matt says

    Leland,

    I’m awake. Can you ever make a blog comment without using foul language or it being a mile long?

    I’m not supporting Bush at all. He sucks. He is without a doubt the worst president. He is to blame for our economy, the war, and the decay of civil rights in this country.

    I’m just verbalizing what I have heard on the news and putting it up for discussion. I’m not here to defend the sorry Republicans who can’t admit they were wrong or the pitiful Democrats who can’t stand up to him.

  14. qjersey says

    Nothing new, the strategy of the Bush Adminstration and the republican party has always been to destroy dissenters. They know that if you say something often enough, people will come to believe it.

    It’s just sad that the TV news shows continue to give these people a voice rather than enagaging in anything close to “hard journalism.”

  15. Derrick from Philly says

    All right, MATT, maybe we shouldn’t gang tackle you, but these miserable bastards have gotten away with impeachable offenses for years. They still may never pay for what they’ve done, but atleast they’re now being exposed.

    I hope this shit can rub off on John McCain(even though I don’t hate him…poor thing is so boring).

  16. Zeke says

    The apoplectic right-wing neocons are already stirring up the rumor mill with VERY thinly veiled threats to “out” McClellan. These, by the way, are the same people (Gannon/Guckert, etc.) who decry outing when it is used to expose closeted gay men who actually PROMOTE and VOTE FOR anti-gay legislation, yet somehow it’s OK to do it to a fellow Republican when he has the audacity to go public telling the truth about the shameful, deceitful and downright illegal things he has witnessed while serving in the inner sanctum of the Bush/Cheney regime.

    Here’s what Gretchen Carlson had to say on Fox and Friends this morning:

    “Scott McClellan better not have any skeletons IN HIS CLOSET. I hope he DIDIN’T DO ANYTHING THAT HE DOESN’T WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT, because we all have, and all of his SECRETS are going to be COMING OUT. [EMPHASIS mine]

    That’s about as THINLY veiled as one can get.

    I told my husband, when the McClellan story broke, that the right-wingers would have him outed before the sun went down.

    It’s good to see that they are as predictable as ever.

  17. Paul says

    The Bush administration is making up more lies and attempting to spread more propaganda to discredit this book. Are we really not supposed to catch on by this point? What a fucking insult to Americans we have in the White House.

    What makes me sick to my stomach is every time one of the Bushies says that McClellan is “disloyal to the President”. This isn’t a monarchy or even a dictatorship (yet). An American citizen’s loyalty is to the country as a whole, not to an asshole who has done more harm to this country than any person or event in its history.

  18. Tread says

    Matt,

    This “disgruntled, fired” employee meme has been blatantly created by the panicking White House and conservatives to cover their asses. The Fox News video shows clearly that Bush valued McClellan. You answered your own question when you said Fox News has “a proponderance for pandering to the right’s needs and whims”. Why would that story change suddenly after this book has come out? You repeating that misdirection set off my wingnut alarm (many apologies).

    What’s really disappointing is that McClellan had the opportunity to air this dirty laundry years ago, but was too cowardly to hang it on the line until Bush’s approval ratings were solidly in the toilet.

  19. noah says

    Employers always label whistleblowers as “disgruntled” whether the person reveals corruption in business or government, the suits still think that people will accept “disgruntled” as a cover. That may have been the case in 1950 but not in 2008.

    Seriously, how can the Rethugs excuse outing a covert intelligence officer who was investigating Iran’s attempts at getting nuclear material? What was the cost of that outing? Did American or foreign operatives die because they had associated with or helped Plame? Karl Rove and company didn’t care.

    Treason is acceptable as long as it is committed by a Republican in the service of the GOP. I’m still amazed that some CIA operatives haven’t dug up dirt send Rove to prison.

    Dana Perino, the new White House Press Secretary, is the genius who had never heard of the Bay of Pigs! How does anyone become a member of the White House staff and not know basic contemporary American history–especially one of the greatest military/political fiascoes of the Cold War?

    (http://wonkette.com/politics/dana-perino/dana-perino-dumber-than-everyone-else-in-history-331981.php)

    But I forget, this is the Bush White House and intelligence is not the most important criteria for getting a job there.

    Finally, Jeff Gannon? Why has the White House never revealed how an active prostitute who had an web site that advertised Gannon’s escort services got press credentials?

  20. Jimmyboyo says

    NOAH

    I have always thought that the Bush house of cards started crumbeling because CIA guys started leaking stuff soon after the Valerie Plame thing.

    The sh@t really started to hit the fan for Bush soon after the outing = Don’t f@ck with the CIA

  21. larry Kazal says

    Has anyone considered that this guy might be a … hero?
    having been called “traitor” makes me… laugh? Other?

    Disgruntled or not, I think he knows what purpose he is serving.

    It is really amazing how stupid the Bush team thinks the American public is— that they don’t have the defense mechanism to realize the corner they have been put into.

    Republican or not, bravo Scott McClellan!

  22. queendru says

    McClellan has always struck me as a jerk. I don’t believe a word of his spiel without independent evidence.

    If his allegations were true, a “tell-all” book is NOT how he would’ve brought them to light. Seems to me he’s looking for a pay day and what better way get it than this?

  23. RB says

    Ok, so I am a repub that cannot stand W! I want him out of office more than many dems, however, this man was fired. He is disgruntled because W would not support his “mother” for governor of Texas. Sour grapes and an axe to grind. I would love to pin something on W, but McClellan is as credible as his press releases. NOT. Sorry, but possibly Robert has a point. We are hovering, searching for blood and all we get is a press secretery that was fired. And oh yeah, Mama didn’t get the governor’s office. Not exactly headline news!

  24. Marcus Santora says

    The opposing camps, each regarding the veracity of McClellan, should have no difficulty parsing the facts of the history of the bush administration with an eye to the truth. There are way too many corroborated, anecdotal truths revealed time after time that your only defense in ignoring them is that your good head was too buried in impenetrable sand to notice. Does the evisceration of every single administration critic not ring a bell? We play this game again and again. They try to subvert the dialog with shit like “not the Scotty we knew”. All in unison.

    The world is in a state of tumult and chaos in no small part due to the efforts of these nihilistic people. How else can you explain the course this country has charted. What vision of the future could you point to to illustrate the ideology of these creatures? Does it make any sense to thinking people? bush seems to me a politically savvy player who cannot think beyond getting to first base; he is in way over his head. cheney is inexplicable beyond a defining hatred (his bad heart? a lesbian daughter? waking up beside the unmentionable lynne?); who knows. their objectives are too rarified to contemplate; but their methodology is obvious. They do not convince with the gospel of a good people. They inculcate with facile lies repeated over and over by loyal minions. Too many of us choose to listen.

    The diminution of the substantive credibility of the United States in eight short years is astonishing. Think about it.

  25. Keller says

    Why does someone’s purported sexuality always become an issue to (obstensibly) discredit him/her? How relevant is what McClellan does with his willy or anyone else’s to the central point of this story? If sexuality must be invoked, how about this: It took him a while–no one is claiming that McClennan is smart–to realize that BushCo fucked him over for almost 4 years by exploiting his loyalty and true-believer status; sure he was a willing tool, in more ways than one, but that shouldn’t detract from the essential truthfulness of his book. Gay, straight, Kinsey 3–who gives a shit?

  26. On a Side Note... says

    Hmmm…

    Disgruntled employee writes a book after he is one of the only employees so incompetent that even the President faulted for being too loyal had to can his pathetic ass, thousands of mouth-breathing, hate-filled liberals rush to buy his book which contradicts the well-known fact that Richard Armitage confessed he was the one who leaked Plame’s name (who’s lies are documented in the bipartisan, unanimous findings of the Senate Sellect Intelligence Committee Report, and who was never covert in the first place, hence Armitage’s freedom) …and how does this add up to liberals being anything but deranged, neurotic, delusional suckers again?

  27. On a Side Note... says

    Hmmm…

    Disgruntled employee writes a book after he is one of the only employees so incompetent that even the President faulted for being too loyal had to can his pathetic ass, thousands of mouth-breathing, hate-filled liberals rush to buy his book which contradicts the well-known fact that Richard Armitage confessed he was the one who leaked Plame’s name (who’s lies are documented in the bipartisan, unanimous findings of the Senate Sellect Intelligence Committee Report, and who was never covert in the first place, hence Armitage’s freedom) …and how does this add up to liberals being anything but deranged, neurotic, delusional suckers again?

  28. On a Side Note... says

    Hmmm…

    Disgruntled employee writes a book after he is one of the only employees so incompetent that even the President faulted for being too loyal had to can his pathetic ass, thousands of mouth-breathing, hate-filled liberals rush to buy his book which contradicts the well-known fact that Richard Armitage confessed he was the one who leaked Plame’s name (who’s lies are documented in the bipartisan, unanimous findings of the Senate Sellect Intelligence Committee Report, and who was never covert in the first place, hence Armitage’s freedom) …and how does this add up to liberals being anything but deranged, neurotic, delusional suckers again?

  29. On a Side Note... says

    Hmmm…

    Disgruntled employee writes a book after he is one of the only employees so incompetent that even the President faulted for being too loyal had to can his pathetic ass, thousands of mouth-breathing, hate-filled liberals rush to buy his book which contradicts the well-known fact that Richard Armitage confessed he was the one who leaked Plame’s name (who’s lies are documented in the bipartisan, unanimous findings of the Senate Sellect Intelligence Committee Report, and who was never covert in the first place, hence Armitage’s freedom) …and how does this add up to liberals being anything but deranged, neurotic, delusional suckers again?

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