Fleischer: Maybe McClellan’s publisher wanted to make money! Update: Giuliani dismisses impact

posted at 7:00 am on May 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The White House and its former staff cannot understand why Scott McClellan wrote What Happened in the manner that he apparently did, according to first reports from Politico and others. His predecessor appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s radio show and professed surprise, telling O’Reilly that the book had changed from its earlier drafts, at least as described by McClellan in private. The publisher apparently “tweaked” passages for effect, Ari Fleischer says:

Meanwhile, former counselor Dan Bartlett also insists that McClellan hasn’t told the truth. In fact, Bartlett says that McClellan didn’t participate in the events he describes in the book, and that McClellan didn’t have anything to do with communications on the war. Bartlett reminded CNN that McClellan worked on domestic issues as deputy press secretary before his promotion in July 2003, after the war started:

Former White House counselor Dan Bartlett lashed out at Scott McClellan in a telephone interview Wednesday, saying the allegations that the media was soft on the White House are “total crap,” adding that advisers of President Bush are “bewildered and puzzled” by the allegations in McClellan’s new book. ….

Bartlett said the bewilderment stems from “Scott’s decision to publicly air these deep misgivings he’s never shared privately or publicly” with fellow Bush insiders. “To do it now, through a book, is a mistake,” he added.

Bartlett asserted that McClellan did not play a major role in key events, noting that the former aide was serving as deputy press secretary for domestic issues during the run-up to the war in Iraq, raising questions about how McClellan could claim the President used “propaganda” to sell the war.

“I don’t think he was in a position to know this,” Bartlett said flatly. He said it’s “troubling” that McClellan is now “gives credibility to every left-wing attack” on anecdotes that are “either thinly-sourced or not witnessed by him” in the White House.

It will be difficult to test that response until the full context of McClellan’s “propaganda” charge can be read. McClellan may refer to the communication efforts during the war, not prior to it. In any event, for those of us who have followed this White House carefully during the entirety of the war, the charge is frankly absurd. If what we saw was propaganda, it was the least effective example of it. The milbloggers with their front-line reporting have performed at least ten times as well as the White House in communicating the successes on the ground and the need to finish the mission.

The claim that the publisher somehow changed the direction of the book doesn’t mitigate its impact. McClellan put his name on it, and unless he publicly repudiates his own memoirs, it will be left to other insiders to write their own accounts to contradict McClellan. In these issues, the people who speak against interest will usually have the most credibility — and sell the most books.

That’s the point of memoirs, in the end — to have notoriety and make money. If the publisher pushed McClellan in a different direction, one can certainly understand why. They wouldn’t have made much money from the book that Fleischer understood McClellan to be writing. McClellan either lied to Fleischer from the start or he tossed aside his principles for the cash; the only other explanation is that Fleischer is lying while having nothing to gain from doing so. In ten years, if people remember McClellan at all, they’ll have plenty of data to determine his credibility.

Update: Rudy Giuliani shrugs off the impact of the book, and notes that past presidents got plagued by sell-out former staffers, too:I’m with Rudy on this one. In the end, no one will remember McClellan, even with the dishy memoir.


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Scott McClellan being asked about Richard Clarke’s book (3/22/04):

Q Why do you think he’s doing this?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years after he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he’s raising these grave concerns that he claims he had. And I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book

Syd B. on May 29, 2008 at 7:12 AM

it will be left to other insiders to write their own accounts to contradict McClellan.

No because they shouldn’t be allowed.

benrand on May 29, 2008 at 7:17 AM

Nope, Soros had other plans for the lies … Why won’t anyone just say it?

tarpon on May 29, 2008 at 7:34 AM

Scott McClellen is just another exammple of President Bush trusting someone who was/is clearly a snake in the grass.

McClellen’s father once wrote a book that said, definitively, that LBJ was responsible for assassinating JFK!

Google it, check it out, it’s true.

McClellen’s mother, ran for Govenor of Texas, and was ignored by the GOP and President Bush, and she got CRUSHED!

Bottomline, McClellen is/and was and has always been a snake in the grass, and he comes from a Nutbag family.

Bush, once again, has show extremely poor judgement in who he trusts, and who he has selected to serve him….in the end, he ends up being ill served!

Some examples:

Sec of Treasury O’Neill: a friend and confidante of Teresa Heinz Kerry! Was passing inside information to the Democrats and the Kerry’s literally from the time he joined Bush’s cabinent!

Richard Clarke: a Clintonista 100%, was intent on attacking Bush from the first day Bush was in office, and helping protect the Clinton “legacy” because of all their combined incompetence and screw-ups with Bin Laden/Al Qaeda

George Tenent: see above, more CYA and underminig of Bush from a dyed-in-the-wool Clintonista.

Paul Bremmer: ditto; single-handedly screwed up Iraq for 4 years as a result of his one year of incompetent leadership; Clintonista from day one!

Tony Zinni: a member of the Clintonista camp; screwed up his “special mission” to the Middle East to make peace, coupled with his very real involvement with Clarke and Sandy Berger in giving Al Qaeda a “pass” in the 90′s, has been a vocal attacker of President Bush ever since to help cover his own tracks and mitigate his own shame, along with Berger and Clark and Tenent.

Joe Wilson: what can I say about this? Incompetence, incompetence, incompetence, for the CIA to trust such an important mission a 100% bought and paid for by the French, Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Nutbag such as Wilson, and his traitor of a wife; truly amazing!

“Brownie”: loyal servant,a complete and utter Buffoon and assclown; ’nuff said.

The fault lays with all these people of course, they’re responsible for their own actions, but this President has proven that he is political naive and NOT a very astute judge of character!

Dale in Atlanta on May 29, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Syd B. on May 29, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Wow! From your own words you shall be judged.

If McClellen or his publisher wanted to make money on this, I hope it was a lot. How much is your good name and reputation worth? And friendships?

p40tiger on May 29, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Which is going to sell more books? A book , for instance, about children who play Little League Baseball and attend Boy Scout meetings or a fictionalized account of children being raped by carrots and forced to perform “unspeakable acts?”

The bottom line is fictionalized sensationalism to sell books. Loyalty, honor and morality be damned.

MaiDee on May 29, 2008 at 7:59 AM

I give McClellan a break. He needs to earn enough from this book to last the rest of his life. I mean, who in the world would hire this guy after his disastrous tenure as Press Secretary? Has incompotence ever been more on public dispaly? I would cringe in embaressement every time I’d see him. I’d have to quickly turn him off for fear of ruining the rest of the day.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2008 at 8:00 AM

PS – Is President Bush one of the worst judges of character of any President in modern history? I think so.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Dale in Atlanta on May 29, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Wow. Excellent, despressing summary. “Brownie” and McClellan are the most dissapointing. You expect this kind of treatment from career beauracrats and Clinton holdovers, but these two douchebags were nothing before Bush put them into their positions. And O’Neil, though highly successfull in his previous life, was pretty much a disaster from day one.

BuzzCrutcher on May 29, 2008 at 8:15 AM

This is about more than money, it’s about advancing a Leftist agenda.

The kindest thing that can be said is that Scott McClellan was duped, and is a Useful Idiot for PublicAffairs, a Leftist imprint who publish George Soros, radical Marxist Orville Schell (whose book was explicitly published with the cooperation of the Open Society Institute), and others.

As you can see from the above link, the key players at this publishing company work or have worked for groups like Human Rights Watch (which Soros supports), the “progressive” Century Foundation, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and so forth.

They also publish John & Teresa, Mark “Deep Throat” Felt, ex-Obama advisor Samantha Power, and their logo is designed by Edwin Schlossberg, husband of Caroline Kennedy.

Newsbusters has more here.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Scott was a big ole freaking nobody who did his job terribly.

Had he not written this book he would have been forgotten.

EJDolbow on May 29, 2008 at 8:30 AM

You left out Alphonso Jackson, the craptastic HUD Secretary who was Bush’s next door neighbor and left under a cloud of corruption and mismanagement of the housing crisis.

rockmom on May 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

We thought we were getting another Reagan on 1/20/00. But unlike Reagan, “W” has zero talent in the area of delegating and appointing subordinates. Reagan looked for raw intellect and talent when appointing. “W” and Rove weighed everything by first asking the question, “how can this appointment help us politically?”
W, Rove and crew have really painted themselves in a corner and shown their ineptitude. This coupled with their continuous barrage of insults toward the voting base starting on or about 1/20/05 has almost destroyed the GOP. Its a sad state of affairs. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Perseus Books is the parent company of PublicAffairs, McClellans publisher. In a story entitled, “Soros Fingerprints on DeLay Frame-up” we learn:

Dubose’s and Reid’s book The Hammer was published in October 2004 by Public Affairs Books of New York, an imprint of The Perseus Books Group, which in turn is owned by Perseus LLC, a merchant bank and fund management company, with offices in New York and Washington, DC.

The chairman and CEO of Perseus LLC, Frank H. Pearl, also happens to be the founder and chairman of Perseus Books. More to the point, Mr. Pearl and Mr. Soros are business partners, whose collaborations include such ventures as Perseus-Soros Management LLC, Perseus-Soros Partners LLC and Perseus-Soros Biopharmaceutical Fund.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Scott McClellan’s mother Carole Keeton (McClellan Rylander) Strayhorn ran for governor of Texas in 2006. She was not backed by the Bush people. Rick Perry got the Bush support. She then ran as an independent. She wanted “Grandma” on the ballot next to her name. Her political ads included the phrase “one tough Grandma”. Apparently Scotty had been her campaign manager in previous campaigns. I always thought it was strange that the President picked McClellan. Especially since he had the presence of warm limp lettuce as press secretary. I also thought he was holding in negative vibes because his mom was not supported by the old Texas Bush folks. This could explain some of the apparently inexplicable.

texasgirl on May 29, 2008 at 8:51 AM

What did Jackson do that was so bad? All the stuff I heard was emanating from the Demonrats and their friends. Just remember, any Black person working for a Republican is automatically suspect.

davod on May 29, 2008 at 8:52 AM

You know, given that Scott was considered as being in over his head as press secretary, it’s quite possible that we’re seeing the exact same thing right now — i.e. that he signed off on the “tweaking” of his book, and even giving his first extended TV interview tonight to Keith Olbermann, without any idea of either the impact of the charges or the blowback he would get from others in the Bush Administration about some of those claims. The past 24 hours may have been a major revelation (though it’s still possible this is some sort of payback, either for slights inside the White House or for Bush’s failure to support his mom or at least remain neutral in her 2006 challenge to Gov. Rick Perry in both the Texas GOP primary and general election).

It will also be interesting to see if McClellan, his book tour handlers and his publisher are actually willing to take tough questioning on the book, which would mean interviews with conservative publications, websites and on radio and TV. If they take a page out of the Democrats’ handbook from last year and refuse to go on Fox while having no problems appearing on MSNBC, then it’s pretty safe to say the idea here was just to make a few quick dollars by throwing red meat in the left’s direction.

jon1979 on May 29, 2008 at 8:54 AM

We thought we were getting another Reagan on 1/20/00. But unlike Reagan, “W” has zero talent in the area of delegating and appointing subordinates. Reagan looked for raw intellect and talent when appointing. “W” and Rove weighed everything by first asking the question, “how can this appointment help us politically?”
W, Rove and crew have really painted themselves in a corner and shown their ineptitude. This coupled with their continuous barrage of insults toward the voting base starting on or about 1/20/05 has almost destroyed the GOP. Its a sad state of affairs. DD

Darvin Dowdy on May 29, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Everybody forgets all the crap Ronald Reagan was going though just about at this time in his final term due to the tell-all book by former White House Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan, who had swapped places with James Baker after serving as treasury secretary in Reagan’s first term. It was under Regan that the Iran-Contra kerfuffle blew up, and led to his firing and replacement by Howard Baker. As a former Wall Street corporate boss, Regan was competent for one job, but not the other due to his arrogance and belief that he was the real brains behind Reagan’s second term, and his 1988 book was where the information that Nancy Reagan consulted an astrolger came out.

To show that history repeats itself, just as Scott McClellan is being feted by NBC News for his new revelations, Donald Regan parlayed his book into a job as a political and economic commentator for several years for NBC News (duing which time, like Mikey in the old Life cerial ads, he pretty much hated everyone and everything owing in large part to his own feelings of superiority).

jon1979 on May 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

PS – Is President Bush one of the worst judges of character of any President in modern history? I think so.

TheBigOldDog on May 29, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Sadly, yes, I think so, much to his and the country’s detriment.

You left out Alphonso Jackson, the craptastic HUD Secretary who was Bush’s next door neighbor and left under a cloud of corruption and mismanagement of the housing crisis.

rockmom on May 29, 2008 at 8:34 AM

yes, it wasn’t a comprehensive list, by any means, there may be dozens more!

She was not backed by the Bush people.
texasgirl on May 29, 2008 at 8:51 AM

I didn’t say nor imply that, but good round up, thank you.

Dale in Atlanta on May 29, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Just to clarify, when I said, “This is about more than money, it’s about advancing a Leftist agenda.” I was referring to the publisher, not Scott McClellan. No doubt that for McClellan it was about the money, and since Perseus Books is owned by billionaires Frank Pearl and George Soros, it’s a safe bet to assume he was paid very handsomely indeed.

Lest anyone doubt the Soros/Pearl (Perseus) partnership here are SEC records for Frank H. Pearl and for Soros.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 9:13 AM

He’s Out of Teh L00p!

freevillage on May 29, 2008 at 9:32 AM

This is about more than money, it’s about advancing a Leftist agenda.

That’s right- McClellan, Clarke, O’Neill and anyone who criticiezs Bush or the White House is either pushing an agenda or trying to make a cheap buck.

On the other hand, those who convey the great genius of the Bush administration have much better motives and are messengers of the truth.

bayam on May 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM

the only other explanation is that Fleischer is lying while having nothing to gain from doing so.

Right. :))))) It’s not like he obviously was under tremendous pressure to speak in support of the President when the content of the book became known.

freevillage on May 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM

You mean someone signed a book deal, and would have to return the money unless they “amped” up the stories. The publisher is more interested in selling books then the truth?
Gee, what surprise…a greedy publisher.

right2bright on May 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

This is about more than money, it’s about advancing a Leftist agenda.

The kindest thing that can be said is that Scott McClellan was duped, and is a Useful Idiot for … radical Marxist[s] …

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 8:29 AM

I agree 100%.

It’s no surprise that the Obama and Clinton campaigns are running with this…

Red Pill on May 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Lest anyone doubt the Soros/Pearl (Perseus) partnership here are SEC records for Frank H. Pearl and for Soros.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Good job.

Red Pill on May 29, 2008 at 10:13 AM

bayam on May 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Let me make this easy for you by connecting the dots in short, simple sentences:

The publisher of Scott McClellan’s book is PublicAffairs. PublicAffairs is part of Perseus Books. Perseus Books in part of Perseus LLC,. Perseus LLC is is owned by George Soros and his partner Frank H. Pearl. George Soros has stated that defeating George Bush is the “central focus of my life”.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

McClellen’s father once wrote a book that said, definitively, that LBJ was responsible for assassinating JFK!

Bottomline, McClellen … comes from a Nutbag family.

Dale in Atlanta on May 29, 2008 at 7:35 AM

I learned today (via a Drudge link) that Scott McClellan’s father wrote:

Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.
by Barr McClellan
Publisher: Hannover House (October 2003)

What’s interesting to me about this is:
What if the father’s book was right, but they are using the son’s book to discredit the father?
The Marxists accomplish two goals at the same time…Democrats will believe Scott’s book and try to use it against Republicans in this election…Republicans will discredit the book and it’s author – thereby working to also discredit his father and his father’s book. The Marxists kill two birds with one stone…discredit Republicans and discredit Barr McClellan at the same time.

sarc: Good going, Scott! /sarc

How much money did they pay Scott to make it worth his while to (inadvertently) discredit his own father? Useful idiot indeed.

Red Pill on May 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM

I am still waiting to see some specifics on this “propaganda” claim concerning pre-war intelligence.

This is starting to come across as another “Downing St.Memo”incident with supposed earth shattering revelations without facts and substance to back them up.

If you don’t mention every single person’s opinion it’s is called “cherry picking” intelligence.

If you discuss and lay the ground work for a possible military action, it is called a “rush to war”and “fixing the intelligence”.

If you define your reasoning and debunk arguments for the rationales of your decisions,then put them together to relay to the American people in a coherent manner,it is called “propaganda”.

To have the media and the democratic party who hails Mr. propaganda himself Micheal Moore as a hero,to point fingers
and jump on these accusations is hypocrisy in it’s highest form.

I think these points are also relevant to McClellan’s credibility:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/24861380/

McClellan said he still admires the man, even if it appears less likely that he’ll be invited to the Bush ranch in Crawford any time soon.

“I continue to have great affection for George W. Bush today,” McClellan said. “He absolutely cares very passionately about what he talks about, which is the freedom agenda and spreading democracy throughout the Middle East. It’s a very idealistic and ambitious vision, and that was really the driving motivation that pushed him forward in Iraq — this chance to, in his view, to really transform the Middle East by making Iraq a linchpin for spreading democracy.”


This is what you say about a man you accuse of putting you
up in front of America to lie about going to war?

GET REAL!!

“My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I learned is that in some small way it might help us move beyond the partisan warfare of the past 15 years. There’s a larger purpose to this book. It’s about looking at the permanent campaign culture in Washington, D.C., and how we can move beyond it,” he said.

Yea right,nothing to do with money or payback.
Standing up and telling the world all the claimed lies and manipulation for years in a Republican administration and then coming back in an election year and towing the democratic line on Bush is supposed to move us “beyond partisan warfare”.

That’s like attending a church for 20 years that preaches an ideology that promotes the genocide of the white race ane
yelling “God Dam# America” from the pulpit is supposed to lay the ground work for improving race relations.

White House adviser Dan Bartlett, who appeared after McClellan on TODAY, said he still considers McClellan a friend but believes his former colleague resorted to the same rhetoric in the book that McClellan claims to disdain. He said McClellan makes bold claims about the administration “shading the truth” and deceiving the public in Iraq, but provides little evidence.


As usual, the press don’t care about facts if it fits their
agenda.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn, was the first woman elected mayor of Austin and was elected as the Texas Comptroller in 1998. She ran for governor of Texas in 2006 but finished third in a five-way race.

yea right, she and her son have no axe to grind since the GOP backed another candidate,leaving her high and dry.

McClellan’s father, Barr McClellan, was an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board and then for the Federal Power Commission under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Barr McClellan also wrote a book about power and Washington: “Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK.” Published in 2003, the book claims that Texas attorney — and Barr McClellan’s former boss — Ed Clark masterminded the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

If Scott can’t verify and back up these accusations,I hope the White House goes after this with both barrels.

“Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House,” she(Perino) said. “For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad. This is not the Scott we knew.”

She said that Bush was told of some of the excerpts but would not be commenting on them because “he has more pressing matters than to spend time commenting on books by former staffers.”

or maybe they won’t.

Baxter Greene on May 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM

George Soros has stated that defeating George Bush is the “central focus of my life”.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Excellent post, yet again.

Soros came close to helping John Kerry win in 2004.

All the more reason why people should be concerned about the Soros-McCain connections:

Author: George Soros brains behind McCain-Feingold

John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

If the “presumptive” nominees of the Republican and Democrat parties are both supported by Soros, how difficult is it to see that Soros would win either way?

That is why it is imperative that someone not aligned with Soros become the next President of the United States.

Red Pill on May 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

People need to understand that the Marxists still want to fulfill the words Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev said while addressing Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956:

Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.

On August 24, 1963, Khrushchev remarked in his speech in Yugoslavia:

I once said, ‘We will bury you,’ and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.

Unfortunately, the Cold War is not over. Since the 1848 Communist Manifesto, the Communists have been trying to turn the USA into a Socialist country. They made a lot of strides in the 20th century. They are still at war with us, from both within and without.

Wake up, Neo…

Red Pill on May 29, 2008 at 10:56 AM

I’m with Rudy on this one. In the end, no one will remember McClellan, even with the dishy memoir.

I’d be inclined to agree, if not for the probability that this book will be on the required reading list of leftist University Professors throughout the land.

Moreover, the fact that George Soros owns McClellan’s publishing company is not an insignificant detail. Just imagine if someone like Richard Mellon Scaife were to publish an anti-Obama tome. That would be the headline.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Today Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) called for former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to testify under oath regarding the devastating revelations

And of course the circus begins…

right2bright on May 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM

The bottom line is fictionalized sensationalism to sell books. Loyalty, honor and morality be damned.

MaiDee on May 29, 2008 at 7:59 AM

Good point. Now I know why the Bible is so popular. I especially like the part about “morality be damned”.

That’s about all I can add to this thread. These conspiracy theorists with their Soros paranoia are going to cause a shortage of tinfoil. What’s next with these Alex Jones like theories?

Soros runs a global propaganda campaign.
Soros wrote McCain-Feingold (Though many of you are voting for Soros’s puppet if that is the case)
Soros did 9/11.
Soros shot JFK.
Soros caused the housing crisis.

All the Soros stuff, along with the flowcharts and pyramids is rather amusing. All you guys did is replace “illuminati” and “the Jooos” with Soros. It’s really not even that creative of a conspiracy theory. He is a Socialist a-hole but trying to make him out as having some kind of monopoly on Domestic Political Affairs is laughable. Oh I hear Soros rides around in a black helicopter putting flouride in water supplies. We all know that politicians and the global elite only get involved in political affairs for the love of their country, damn the billions of dollars that are on the line for every decision. Bush and his cabinet are very close to oil and a few contractors, and their profits have been through the roof since he took office, but he only loves his country and “God”. Medicare Part D greatly helped pill makers and many of the people who helped push that bill through have gone on to work for them, but they only passed the bill out of love for their country and old people.

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM

In other words, you don’t know anything about Soros…

right2bright on May 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM

right2bright on May 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Please I have heard the crazy illuminati conspiracy theories and this Soros stuff is the same. Save the wackjob stuff for kooks please. The guy is a billionaire, of course he is going to have money all over the place. These charges of him trying to take over the country is so ridiculous you guys should stop listening to Alex Jones or whoever is telling you this nonsense.

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 12:50 PM

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Blah, blah, blah.
Here’s a flow chart for ya
.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Buy Danish on May 29, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Yeah I go on that site and see plenty of conservative books. Hell they even had Natan Sharansky featured, whose previous book was the inspiration for Bush’s second inaugural, and one of the biggest Democracy Spreaders there are. Maybe he is in on the conspiracy for global communism, secretly with Bush, in this super secret bircher-esque conspiracy. You people are too paranoid. I too believe we have to combat the influential socialists but we shouldn’t lose our sanity.

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Little Green Footballs has traced the Soros connection to McClellan’s book here.

Summary: A lefty billionaire propagandist offers a big pot of money to a disgruntled mediocre employee to write a polemic trashing his former boss.

Tantor on May 29, 2008 at 1:33 PM

LevStrauss on May 29, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Not that it will do any good but here
.
I think I take David Horowitz’s analysis over yours…no offense.
Take a look, it is a really well put together website. It will help you and others trace the power behind the democrats.

right2bright on May 29, 2008 at 1:40 PM

The more we agonize over reasons for going to war in Iraq the more we as a nation look like a rabid dog trying to eat itself…and the more we show weakness of character to our enemies and friends…The facts are that the entire world including Bill Clinton, Wes Clark, Richard Clark, the UN, and the majority of Congress thought that Sadaam Hussein had WMDs and that he would eventually use them or provide them to terrorists like al Qaeda to use…The pre-9-11 mindset, not policy, was containment. The post 9-11 policy was pre-emptive strike and again the majority of Congress were in line with the new Bush doctrine for the post 9-11 world. What is so hard to understand? The MSM have subverted these facts for six years and with Scotty McClellan’s help, the story goes on…

Nozzle on May 29, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Rudy is the best..

Chakra Hammer on May 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM

I don’t know if this about Bush’s ability to judge character or not. I am in my 50′s and every president has had people do something like this. In fact Bush has had less of it than most.

Remember Meese, Caspar, Poindexter, Regan…I like Ollie North, but that got pretty sticky too. And that was under Reagan.

And then there is Nixon, look at how that ended.

And then Clinton had all kinds of people being indicted and in jail and writing books.

No, I think it goes with the territory.

Terrye on May 29, 2008 at 4:31 PM

In fact that is starting to bother me. It is as if we build these people, just to see them torn down.

Terrye on May 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM