George W. Bush has rightly been one of, if not the most criticized presidents in our history. Amazingly so, there has been a substantial lack of criticism directed towards him from his own party.
As the GOP name continues to fall due to president Bush's ineffective leadership, Republicans in Congress, have decided to go dumpster diving after him instead of seeking desperately-needed seperation. Even the many Republicans who are retiring this year, such as Virginia moderate Tom Davis, will still not take any criticisms at the man who has so led our party down.
Although a number of high-profile figures such as Karl Rove and Don Rumsfeld have left the Bush administration, like the Republicans in Congress, they have either continued stumping for Bush in the media, or kept completely to themselves.
However, Scott McClellan, though he was effectively far lower in the food chain than the likes of Carl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld, was still an integral part for many years of the once-vaunted Bush "team."
McClellan is an interesting figure, as we was a staffer way back when Bush was Governor of Texas, and after coming to the White House after the brutal 2000 campaign, he was an an assistant press secretary to Ari Fleischer.
When Fleischer resigned in 2003 for family reasons, McClellan, who was his top deputy, took over. At that time our president was at the height of popularity, and was just about to commence the Iraq war which, in his words, would bring freedom and democracy and all that to the middle east.
Then----the bottom fell out. The war did not bring freedom to Iraq, or democracy, or anything else--except more violence, that is. President Bush lost his post-9/11 poise and command and when the going got tough after he announced "victory" in May of 2003, he quickly turned into a man who would simply not acknowledge reality.
The job of presenting a good show of things fell to McClella, who was seemingly-optimistic face of an administration trying desperately to wish away the mess they created in Iraq as something entirely else.
That job involved discrediting enemies, particularily those within their own government such as former ambassador Joe Wilson. McClellan left around the time Vice-President Cheney's chief of staff was arrested for involvement in the Wilson affair.
Now, a few years later, the man who was the spokesman for all things Bush, has written a book telling why he left, after becoming disenchanted by the president whom he served for so long.
This is the first book about Bush written by an insider----that is, someone who actually was part of what happened, instead of a journalist merely reporting on what he was told.
McClellan's book has been the topic of much firestorming in the media merely because he dared to restate something that has been said all allong about our current occupation of Iraq.
On NBC McClellan said he knew the book "would spur reaction," but decided to write it in anyway in order to tell the public what he believes (and knows) really happened. This is an attempt, as he has said to make up for the way he spinned the public, as he said, from the White House Press podium.
Unlike former CIA Director George Tenet whose post-Bush administration "book" sought merely to blame others for events that he himself was partly responsible for, McClellan does not deny his complicity, but merely seeks to provide a clear account of what really happened, after previously serving as the pruveyor of so much distortion.