Monday, June 02, 2008


I'm with David Frum and Peggy Noonan on this. The public pile-on of Scott McClellan isn't worth it.

It's the chickens coming home to roost for President Bush. President Bush got put a premium on loyalty, and sacrificed competence to do it. Well, the jobs in the White House are big jobs, and as a rule when people are situated in over their heads, they crack. In McClellan's case, W didn't even get loyalty. Though by now, it doesn't make much difference.

The only thing I'll add is if people like McClellan want to write books like this, I just wish they'd stick to White House dirt. I don't care very much about what Scott McClellan thinks about Iraq. Colin Powell or Chuck Hagel has the right to an independent opinion. Scott McClellan doesn't.

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