Funny that the White House Press Secretary who helped facilitate an Administration’s decline in the polls writes a book while the one who helped save his boss from having a public relations disaster sink him doesn’t.
Scott McClellan, considered one of the least effective press secretaries in the history of presidential public relations gains his fifteen minutes of fame and media accolades (now all but over) by writing a book trashing his colleagues. Mike McCurry, however, considered one of the most successful such press secretaries, never wrote a book about his White House experiences.
I would love to learn about the challenges McCurry faced as he helped Bill Clinton save face.
Just an interesting irony of life that of two men who plied the same trade, the one who was less successful wrote the book. Almost as if Rommel wrote the book on military strategy in World War II while Patton, Montgomery, Eisenhower and Patton all remained silent.
And all this reminds me of another McClellan. It’s as if General George McClellan wrote a book on the Union’s military strategy in the Civil War while General Ulysses S. Grant did not.
UPDATE (only slightly related): Maybe I spoke too soon on McClellan’s fifteen minutes being all but over. Yahoo! (ever ressembling the MSM in its anti-Republican tilt) leads with this news item: Former aide: Bush should tell all on CIA leak. If McClellan’s new views didn’t correspond with the MSM narrative, they wouldn’t pay him much any heed.
Basically all he’s doing is keeping a story alive which is very much like his qualifications for the White House job he held for three years and Oakland as per Gertrude Stein, “There is no there there.” Speaking before the House Judiciary Committee today as per a request from Committee Chairman John Conyers, McClellan said he did not know if Vice President Cheney “knew about or caused the leak” of the identity of Valerie Plame, contending, “There’s a lot of suspicion there.”
Yep, Scott, there is a lot of suspicion there. All created by Democratic partisans and the media. A scrupulous federal prosecutor investigated this story, found that the original leak originated outside the White House and found that no crime was committed (that is, for the alleged offense he investigated).
As per that Yahoo! headline, we know all on the CIA leak. And Scotty, you’re just helping the MSM keep alive a story that has as much so it as Gertrude Stein’s Oakland.
If it weren’t for the Bush Administration’s public relations incompetence, this non-story would have died five years ago. Amazing how the media still dwells on it, even after a thorough investigation.