Video: McClellan now being featured in DNC ads

posted at 12:10 pm on May 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Being featured” meaning they’re pulling footage from his TV interviews; he’s not filming ads for them (yet).

I’m not going to bash him since I have no way of knowing how much of what he’s said is true, but definitely do read this WaPo article about how the book “evolved” during the editorial process. Some of the language is sufficiently close to sarcasm (the “scales dropped from his eyes”) to suggest skepticism of his motives. Quote:

McClellan said that he started focusing on writing the book about a year ago and that the work was especially intense over the past several months as the publishing date approached.

Osnos said McClellan just needed editorial guidance to tell the story he wanted to tell all along.

“First we had to ascertain what kind of book he wanted to write,” said Osnos, a former Washington Post reporter and editor. “We are journalists, independent-minded publishers. We weren’t interested in a book that was just a defense of the Bush administration. It had to pass our test of independence, integrity and candor.”

This goes back to my point last night about the significance of his advance having been so small. If McClellan had all these shocking things to say about Bush from the beginning, why didn’t he go to Random House or Simon & Schuster or some other mega-publisher and shop it on that basis to try to get a monster advance? Anyone could have told him it would be a huge seller and bound to get saturation media coverage. If everything in it is true then he’s been sitting on a gold mine for two years … and yet opted for upfront money of less than six figures. That makes no sense unless you assume he’s fantastically stupid (which isn’t implausible). If, on the other hand, you assume he didn’t have anything to tell until his publisher “guided” it out of him, then the deal makes more sense. He might have approached them initially with a very boring, rah-rah Bush manuscript; they might have looked at it and thought they could pressure him into something more spectacular, the windfall potential of which would certainly justify signing him and giving him a modest advance; then they went to work on him, and voila. If McClellan had gotten a big advance, he’d care less about the royalties resulting from sales and would have been in a better position to resist any pressure from the publisher. The fact that he didn’t get one left him with every financial incentive to go whole hog on the more Olbermaniacal details. Which, again, doesn’t prove that he’s lying. Just makes one wonder a bit more.

…Oh, all right. If you absolutely must have some red-meat McClellan-bashing, read this. (Sample quote: “There are miserable creatures like you in every administration…”) And here’s an oldie but goldie clip to add some extra nuance to that DNC ad.


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Traffic… Low spark of high-heeled boys, Good Tune :D

stlpatriot on May 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Bob Dole yesterday sent a scalding email to Scott McClellan, excoriating the former White House spokesman as a “miserable creature” who greedily betrayed his former patron for a fast buck.

Heh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Wow, Bush must have really pissed this guy off. Still, I have a similar view as Bob Dole on the matter. He should have quit or spoken up.

Claypigeon on May 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

So when does McClellan get his first check as PR director for Bambi’s campaign?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

and now he and Keith O. can go get hitched in Calif!

kirkill on May 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

That is a golden oldie. It appears the DNC and the hard Left in general as getting so selective in their history that they only care about 2002-2003.

Whatever. Their Iraq narrative collapsed months ago, and it’s looking grimmer for them by the day. Keep beating that horse DNC. You’ll get the World Can’t Wait and the Code Pinko vote. I don’t, however, think that constitutes a majority of Americans.

VolMagic on May 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

So they’re still running against Bush.

29Victor on May 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

The first DNC visitor just arrived in Denver: Sorta looks like Scotty.

Peek-a-boo

Limerick on May 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

McClellan now being featured in DNC ads

That didn’t take long.

“We are all kings or pawns; emperors and fools.”
– Napoleon in The Count of Monte Cristo

CP on May 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Now the RNC must counter by running an ad with San Fran Nan’s comments about how the Iranians deserve credit for lowering violence in Basra. I hope the Dems bring it because we can deliver if we decide we have the stones to do so, and God knows we have an aresenal of grand quotes from Dems.

foxforce91 on May 30, 2008 at 12:24 PM

So when does McClellan get his first check as PR director for Bambi’s campaign?
Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

You’d think. But since so many in the media are doing the same and more for free, McClellan will be waiting a long time for any kind of payment.

wise_man on May 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Has Scott as of yet agreed to go on Fox for an interview or do one with any conservative print outlets or radio talkers? The longer he opts for the “safe” interview options of NBC, CBS, etc., the more it’s going to look like this was either done for money and/or to avenge some grudge involving mom and the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election.

jon1979 on May 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

So they’re still running against Bush.
29Victor on May 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

You could say that: http://www.bush-mccainchallenge.com/

wise_man on May 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Traffic… Low spark of high-heeled boys, Good Tune :D
stlpatriot on May 30, 2008 at 12:18 PM

STL – i agree. great album and therein lies a tale: when i wasin HS back in the prehistoric days when the TRS-80 was in vogue, i had an art teacher who was a long-haired curmudgeonly anti-hippie, who would give us extra credit for bringing in albums by his favored music artists. He put names like Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters and and assorted high quality acid rockers on his list too. Bring me kool albums and I will give you extra credit. He also gave out extra credit for bands and albums that were NOT good. He would play lousy music just to screw with us.

So, one day we’re sitting around class and this guy brings in On the Road (which as we know has Low Spark on it), and tried to pass it off as a NOT GOOD album. Those of us in class who knew better started bagging on the dude, and the teacher told him he was taking away points for not knowing that On the Road is a classic and trying to pass it off as a crappy album.

Anyway, thats my Traffic – On the Road story. We now return you to Gunsmoke. And Go Rams!

Mike D. on May 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

“a shameful end to an undistinguished career”. The Editors @ NR have the killer komment.
Randy

williars on May 30, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Limerick on May 30, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Boy, Howard Dean got there early, huh?

amerpundit on May 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

amerpundit on May 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Michigan! And Iowa! And Alph Centauri!

Limerick on May 30, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Olbermaniacal
posted at 12:10 pm on May 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Bravo, Allahpundit!

Red Pill on May 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Brit Hume summed him up very well last night. He was the wrong man for the job, and his shortcomings and weakness is now what the Left is using to damage the administration.

In a society with a code of honor, he would have fallen on his own sword by now (figuratively). In this society, there’s no worry about that.

I think he is truly a Judas since he betrayed the man he claimed loyalty to, and was given trust. He used that to gain thirty pieces of silver during an election cycle. He is responsible for his actions no matter how weak of character he is.

Hening on May 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Treasonous ingratitude is a McClellan family tradition.

TheBigOldDog on May 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Well I hope he is proud of himself. What a shamful bastard

Hunt035 on May 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

So propaganda protesting “propaganda”?

The amphisbaena Dems bite again.

profitsbeard on May 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Oh his asshat Daddy must be so proud…stickin’ it to the former boss is a family tradition in Clan McClellan… Christmas dinner menu — Turkey and disgruntlement… with all the fixins’!

Texas Roots
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 McClellan’s former boss — Ed Clark masterminded the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

max1 on May 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

This will be milked for all it is worth between now and Nov. McClellans’ motives for eventually agreeing to the editing process and final product are suspect but not totally revealing. The left will undoubtably make him a rich man living among new friends and collegues.

captivated_dem on May 30, 2008 at 12:40 PM

I can’t help but think that the DNC thinks they Zell Millered the right!

Pam on May 30, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Eh…is Bush running for re-election?

fossten on May 30, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Meet Hussein’s new press sec’y.

Akzed on May 30, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Treasonous ingratitude is a McClellan family tradition.

TheBigOldDog on May 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Really?

Zetterson on May 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Even when McClellan was considered a “loyal” employee, I always thought he came off as a little weasle. He was never able to hold a candle to Ari Fletcher and the command he had of the press corps. I never understood Scotty’s appointment to the position. He was always the fat kid in the neighborhood that everyone else knew would give up his secrets at the threat of a wet-willie or the offer of a half-eaten chocolate bar.

As has been said, the DNC thinks the appropriate tactic is to continue running against Bush. That’s fine. It’ll give McCain a chance to walk up behind them and club them over the head. I think they know they can’t attack too much on McCain because it only highlights their own weaknesses since he’s one of them.

John McCain, the war hero, is going to win this race. This country will always vote for a middle-of-the-road, honest-to-goodness war hero every time even if we conservatives have to hold our noses to help out. Without the war record, he doesn’t even get the RNC nomination.

Besides, it’s still about red-states and blue-states. McCain will probably get all of the blue, a couple of the red, and most of the purple. We shouldn’t be paying too much attention to the “national” polls based in NY, LA, and DC telling us that Obama has a 98% lead.

slug on May 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Does he realize that he’s only got one more day, then he’s “old news”?

GarandFan on May 30, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I think you highlighted the wrong part.

We weren’t interested in a book that was just a defense of the Bush administration. It had to pass our test of independence, integrity and candor.”

What the hell constitutes passing their test of independence, integrity and candor?

connertown on May 30, 2008 at 1:07 PM

I don’t think history will be kind to this guy. Nobody likes a traitor or a sell out.

Who’s going to really trust him now?

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 30, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Allahpundit,

Thanks for the oldie but goldie clip. It puts everything in perspective.

What’s really disturbing is that the DNC is knowningly lying to the American people in this attempt to label the Bush administration as liers.

It’s amazing that these people sleep well at night and are proud of their craftiness.

Pathological and hypocritical liers.

shick on May 30, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Texas Roots
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 McClellan’s former boss — Ed Clark masterminded the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

max1 on May 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

That’s very interesting. I was honestly thinking this before your comment. Bush has himself to blame for appointing this weasel.

shick on May 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Bob Dole!

mymanpotsandpans on May 30, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Dang. Bush may have a hard time with his reelction if this keeps up.

eyeroll

Apparently Bush hired this stunning mediocrity to be an assistant to the real spokesman as a favor to the mother of said stunning mediocrity. WTF ever made him think the idiot was worth of promotion, I cannot fathom.

I still say McClellan fancies himself as Gene to Bush’s Phineas in A Separate Peace. Gene crippled and then basically killed the studmuffin (and better human being) Phineas, and for some reason the author thinks we should slog through a whole novel where Gene whines about his feelings.

If some loser teacher assigns this book to you or to your child, just buy the Cliff’s Notes. And yeah, I did teach Jr. High for a while, and do take education seriously.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

worthy of promotion

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Bush has himself to blame for appointing this weasel.

shick on May 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Bingo! I think that is the case with several of his selections.

kcd on May 30, 2008 at 1:26 PM

The GOP needs to counter with some of these.

Bigfoot on May 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Aside from Dad’s book — which by 2003 was pitfully late to make an impact in the JFK conspiracy theory lottery — the other disloyalty was the action of McClellan’s mom, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, following her re-election as Texas Comptroller in 2002.

The state legislature only meets for five months every two years, and almost immediately out of the box in January 2003 Strayhorn began criticizing the budget and fiscal plans of Gov. Rick Perry (also re-elected in ’02) to the point of siding with House and Senate Democrats in the Legislature who were opposing his budget. There already were rumors that Strayhorn planned a run against Perry in the 2006 GOP primary, but 2003 was also the year Democrats in the legislature fled the state to prevent a quorum from being present to support the Republican redistricting plan, which replaced a court-mandated plan based on the Democratic legislature’s lines drawn in 1991.

Siding with the Democrats in a legislative year that was so divisive was a truly stupid move by Strayhorn, who spend the next two years sniping at Perry (and other Republicans in the Legislature) before challenging him in March of 2006. She lost, then lost again in her independent bid that November, with Bush (obviously) supporting Perry, as his party’s nominee.

So there’s DNA in there on each side of the family for both mendacity against your supposed friends and bad timing in going on the attack when it either doesn’t do anything to change the situation or creates future long-term enemies. Scott seems a lot wimpier than mom or dad, so if he got a job from some liberal media outlet or organization thanks to his willingness to attack Bush in the book, I think he would shut up and do what he’s told as long as he kept his position. But once he left, I wouldn’t count on him to have your back for very long.

jon1979 on May 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

So there’s DNA in there on each side of the family for both mendacity against your supposed friends and bad timing in going on the attack when it either doesn’t do anything to change the situation or creates future long-term enemies.

Gosh, what a nice family (not). This schmuck hasn’t reproduced, right?

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I guess we can all agree that McClellan is now going to be the Dick Morris of the Bush Administration.

Lance Murdock on May 30, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Reminds me of the way the Kerry campaign “guided” Joe Wilson into inflating his trips to Niger and then penning an op-ed for the New York Times that was full of crap. We all know how that turned out

I guess I should not be surprised that Scott McClellan turned out to be as big a useful idiot as Joe Wilson for the forces who have been hell-bent for 8 years on undermining our president. It’s probably a good wake-up call for our side that these folks are still out there and they are not going to stop. With the war in Iraq finally on its way to being won, they had to pull a big damn rabbit out of their hats to yank the country back to the “Bush Lied” meme. Looks like it’s Scotty.

rockmom on May 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Hey, the Jim Webb post just jogged my memory. High forehead, tiny squinty piggie eyes….Scott McClellan, Joe Scarbrough, and Jim Webb.

funky chicken on May 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

It is hard to judge character. We all like to think we are good at it. Otherwise I never would have married my exhusband. And my boss would not have hired the sweet little office girl who was caught stealing supplies. But somehow, it is always so disheartening to see it on display. I kind of feel sorry for Bush.

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

It is pretty fortuitous for the Democrats, isn’t? They must have been working the ads before McClellan even opened his yap.

I like Dole, he is a good man.

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

BTW, is it true that McClellan said he still liked and respected George Bush and that he did not believe that Bush had actually lied to the American people?

I mean, is this more of that kind of sneaky talk?

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 2:15 PM

He’ll get a job at one of the networks, just like Richard Clarke… who McClellan once criticized for doing exactly the same thing.

infidel65 on May 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

It is pretty fortuitous for the Democrats, isn’t? They must have been working the ads before McClellan even opened his yap.

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Hm. Just like the DNC was ready with a whole campaign on Bush’s National Guard service the day after the first 60 Minutes story which sourced the forged memos.

Nah, nothing to see here, move along…..

rockmom on May 30, 2008 at 2:19 PM

So much fun arguing with the trolls on Youtube!

Yakko77 on May 30, 2008 at 2:28 PM

“Manipulating the sources of public opinion”

“Oh HELL NO…WE don’t do that!!!”

Whudda’buncha’frickin’idjits

franksalterego on May 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Here is the mutt, Peter Osnos in the middle.

pabarge on May 30, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Global Warming !!!
Recession !!!
Medical Care Crisis !!!
Mortgage Crisis !!!
Abu Ghraib !!!

“We’d never consider manipulating our sources.”

franksalterego on May 30, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Gotta go with Sen. Bob Dole on this one.

oakpack on May 30, 2008 at 4:11 PM

If George Bush could actually manipulate the sources of public opinion I doubt very much that his approval rating would be hovering around 30.

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 5:13 PM

The Democrats are welcome to this slimy, weak willed little puke. He should fit in very nicely.

rplat on May 30, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Osnos said McClellan just needed editorial guidance to tell the story he wanted to tell all along.

Is that like recovered memories? That technique has been discredited too.

He might have approached them initially with a very boring, rah-rah Bush manuscript; they might have looked at it and thought they could pressure him into something more spectacular, the windfall potential of which would certainly justify signing him and giving him a modest advance

This is a Far Lefty publisher, ultimately owned by George Soros through Perseus Books. The idea that he would approach this particular publisher with a rah-rah Bush manuscript seems rather unlikely, not unlike going to their colleagues at Nation Books and expecting a warm welcome.

How do we know that Osnos or one of his Human Rights Watch comrades didn’t approach McClellan first, not the other way around? Or that McClellan (and/or his agent) was stupid enough not to know who they were, and allowed himself to be manipulated, just like a good useful idiot? It’s possible Public Affairs could not believe their good fortune when this dolt walked in the door.

At any rate, I don’t care how open minded Alex Koppelman claims Lisa Kaufman, the editor, is. After all, Koppelman writes such mainstream pieces as Michelle Malkin’s White Supremacist Ties.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2008 at 7:01 PM

I think Buy Danish is onto something here. In fact did the friends who were so surprised at what McClellan said…know who the publisher was? Didn’t they wonder themselves why that was the publisher?

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Terrye on May 30, 2008 at 7:38 PM

It’s a bit like Casablanca:

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

Buy Danish on May 30, 2008 at 8:02 PM

At any rate….

Buy Danish on May 30,2008 at 8:02PM.

Buy Danish:Me thinks sumpin reaks here,you very well could
be right,but Scott is gonna get done used good
on this!

canopfor on May 30, 2008 at 9:41 PM

The only good Scott’s butt will be, is making mooning ads for the DNC. Otherwise, in Pub circles, he’ll be forever regarded as burnt toast.

byteshredder on May 31, 2008 at 1:09 AM