May 30, 2008
There is more on the Scott McClellan tell-all book. First, his colleagues and superiors at the White House say he wasn’t in many of the meetings he describes and so was not a witness to those events or the decision-making process.
Second, the book publisher has ties to George Soros, the left-wing billionaire who supports moveon.org
Third, McClellan appears to have felt he was done wrong after being loyal to Bush starting when he was governor. Revenge could be a motive for this book.
Fourth, why did the book come out in the middle of the presidential campaign? Every Democratic leader and the two Democratic presidential candidates have praised the book. The media, which never believed what McClellan told them when he was press secretary, now embrace every word in his book because it plays into their political agenda.
Fifth, why did McClellan never raise any objections to the president’s Iraq policy while he was there? Why is he doing it now? Two answers: to damage Republican chances in the election and to make money while he can. If the book came out next year, it would have attracted less attention. Any questions?
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.