May 30th, 2008 at 6:50 am
There was a media furor yesterday over a book.
Yes, a book.
Normally I’d be as surprised as you that a book would have such an impact, but this isn’t just any book and any author.
This is What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception by former George W. Bush White House Spokesman Scott McClellan.
The 341-page book is evidently a scathing damnation of Bush’s War in Iraq, outing of Valerie Plame, handling of Hurricane Katrina, and probably pretty much everything our president has done in the past seven years.
Honestly, Scott. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
9 out of 10 people in this country could have written this book at this point, Scott. George W. Bush and his war-mongering aides did bad, nasty things?
9 out of 10 people in this country, Scott, are muttering underneath their breath to you, “No shit, Sherlock.”
Why didn’t Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine have this kind of impact? Again: The Lucky Get Kevlar. The Rest Get Prayer Beads.
And why didn’t Scott McClellan do something about this when he was working for the administration?
I think Scott McClellan is a coward. McClellan says that he wrote this book because he has a loyalty to the truth. He didn’t have an allegiance to the truth when working in the White House? Clearly not. There are far too many former White House staffers coming out of this administration to only cry foul after the fact.
But I guess it’s not a bad plan for otherwise untalented and spineless hack aspiring writers looking to make a buck on a book deal: get a job as a crony for a corrupt, incompetent, and morally depraved administration and write a tell-all bestseller.
After the damage has been done. After people’s lives have been ruined and lost. After its too late.