And they aren’t much, really.
- Dude was, and is, a grade-A doof. Some people you can’t even work up contempt for, and while I know I snapped a few times over the past years at some of his more egregious idiocies on the job, point is he deserved no more than the courtesy one gives any professional mouthpiece. Now, some mouthpieces are perfect at their job — Tony Snow was a perfect pro on this front, oily enough to work the game and seemingly friendly enough that everyone dealt with it even though he was oily. Scott McClellan maybe thought that not seeming like a pro would endear him to people. Instead he perfectly captured the feeling of his boss, but made it more concentrated somehow, like bouillon. Of the festering sort.
- The fact that he’s written a book basically saying all sorts of fun things about the inner working of the current Administration means that he’s burned his bridges thoroughly on the one hand and made everyone else who couldn’t stand him think no better of him now on the other. Entertaining!
- Dana Perino, current inhabitant of the job McClellan used to have, had this to say:
“Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House,” she said. “For those of us who fully supported him, before, during and after he was press secretary, we are puzzled. It is sad. This is not the Scott we knew.”
‘Disgruntled’ as a word choice just makes me think of descriptions of postal employees who got a little frustrated and took it out on their coworkers. This was perhaps not the most appropriate vocabulary. Perfectly timed for the release of that Uwe Boll film, though.
- But really, the only thing to be said is this — iceberg, tip. Not just of things to be said or unsaid regarding the current Administration by those who worked in it somewhere, but of the attempts to try and work against whatever comes out. As noted in that link to Balloon Juice up there, Ed Morrissey seems to be leading a charge that probably won’t pan out. Still, gotta work in your dry runs as you find them. Folks like Morrissey need the practice, as it’ll be a long few years here for them.