The latest former Bushie to write a book after leaving the Bush umbrella is experiencing the same smear machine that awaits anyone willing to talk bad about our King President. Former press secretary Scott McClellan’s less than flattering new book describes a propaganda machine that would have made Joseph Goebbels envious and within hours of tidbits of the yet to be released book becoming public, it started in earnest.
First came former Bush puppet master and current McCain advisor Karl Marx Rove who compared McClellan to a left-wing blogger on Hannity and Colmes. He was followed soon thereafter by former Homeland Security adviser Frances Townsend (aka pot) whom called McClellan “self-serving” and “disingenuous.” (kettle). Closing things out today (so far), Bush spokeswoman Dana Perino put the proverbial “smear icing on the cake” when she labeled him simply, a “disgruntled” employee.
As Think Progress points out, McClellan isn’t alone in his criticism of the administration or in the backlash that resulted from the blind follower’s brigade. He joins the likes of Alan Greenspan, Matthew Dowd, and Richard Clarke among others whom have left the administration and afterwards been crucified for speaking ill of our fearless leader.
While the Bush machine’s response is to be expected based on their history, one might start to wonder if this is only a precursor to what will come out starting in January 2009 when the smear machine leaves the Bush nest and has to start looking back on their legacies. Do they want to continue to be associated with the worst President in our history whom has done more to circumvent the Constitution than anyone in our lifetime or will they start burning the bridge connecting them with the last 8 years of Mr “Miserable Failure”?
Reserve some quiet time in the years to come. I predict there will be some interesting reading in our future that won’t have the smear machine waiting to greet it when it comes out.
UPDATE: I meant to mention this but forgot but Denise Ross didn’t. All through the smear campaign to this point, no one has come out to deny anything that McClellan wrote. I guess they figure it is easier to discredit him than to try and explain away (i.e. lie) what he documents.