One sign someone has become a hero to the angry left when he appears on the MSNBC show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Tonight, former White House Press Secretary will be the guest of the former sportscaster.
Scott McClellan is the new hero of the angry left. Not for saying anything bold, original, wise or wonderful, but quite the contrary for repeating what they “know” to be true that our current president is a horrible, no good, very bad man.
The left has now anointed a man who, if he is currently speaking honestly, defines himself (as I noted previously) as both a coward and conscious collaborator.
We know he’s a coward because his co-workers have pointed out that when in the White house, he never spoke up to question what he now contends was propaganda and deceit. Earlier today on MSNBC, calling McClellan the ultimate “company man,” former White House Assistant Press Secretary Reed Dickens recalled that his one-time colleague never once spoke up during heated policy exchanges where Administration staff offered multiple points of view, including critiques of the president’s policies. Dickens isn’t the only one saying as much.
If he McClellan really believes what he is now saying, we know he’s a conscious collaborator because for three years, he continued to push that supposed “deceit” and “propaganda.” A decent man wouldn’t have served as the chief spokesman for, what he believed to be, a dishonest team. He would have resigned and immediately come forward with his claims, not waiting two years after he left the White House to say something he had never previously even hinted at.
He didn’t even resign, admitting in the book that “he was pushed to leave earlier than he had planned.” Pushed to leave? Earlier than he had planned? You mean he had wanted to stay on and continue to promote the deceitful propaganda of this out-of-touch Administration?
What kind of person wants to stay on and serve someone he believes is lying and deceiving the American people about matters so consequential?
I guess that kind of someone is the type of individual Keith Olbermann likes to have on his show.
UPDATE: Trent Duffy, former White House deputy press secretary, reports that as late as December 2005, McClellan said he loved his job and intended to stay on:
His line on NBC about being â€œdisillusionedâ€ 10 months before his departure is pure fabrication and a direct contrast to what he told me repeatedly and directly in a series of personal discussions we had on this exact subject. I know because I asked him directly what his plans were in December 2005 and he told me in his office that he loved the job. He was overjoyed and proud to serve President Bush and had no plans on leaving.
UP-UPDATE: In a similar vein, Victor Davis Hanson calls McClellan either a “dead soul [or] a simple huckster.”