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The Hackiest Hack of All

Is there a single person–Republican, Democrat, Independent–who thinks that Scott McClellan was an able or skilled White House spokesman? Is there any member of the press who thought he was good at his job? What makes the notion of his tell-all book so ludicrous is that McClellan is surely the most incompetent and least trustworthy White House press flack since Ron Ziegler. His stonewall visage and his smarmy, resentful, and unmemorable responses seemed to exude evasion and incomplete information. Based on the snippets from Drudge and Politico, the book seems to be filled to the brim with the most hackneyed, pseudo-pious notions about how the administration was not “open and forthright,” or how he had been “at best misled” by his West Wing bosses or how the White House was “in a state of denial.” At one point, accusing Rove and Libby of secretly coordinating their statements during the Plame investigation, he mentions, in passing, that he reached this conclusion because he saw them talking, but never heard what they talked about. McClellan apparently spends a lot of time complaining that he didn’t know what was going on, or was lied to by others–and yet he has the temerity to call his (probably ghostwritten) book What Happened. Larry Speakes wrote a book, too, I guess. This deserves the same place in history.



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