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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Fog Horns

I've been getting a kick from the orchestrated response of current and former White House public relations officials and political pundits concerning Scott McClellan's book exposing hints of the inside of the Bush White House. These current and former fog horns, Karl Rove, Dan Bartlett, Dana Perino, Ari Fleischer, as well as their media surrogates are featured in a cute video montage in Josh Marshall's TPM Veracifier.
Rove and Bartlett and others say they don't recognize this Scott. He's not the Scott they knew. He's sounding like some of the left wing bloggers.
Now... it's entirely possible that:
1. once little innocent Scottie realized he'd been duped and made to lie by the Bush people, used as their halfwit stooge, he quit his job and went and read all the leftish spin stuff and it rubbed off on him, tainted his brain.
But... it's also possible that:
2. once little innocent Scottie realized he'd been duped and made to lie by the Bush people, used as their halfwit stooge, he quit his job and went out and wrote a book about the truth and coincidentally, it looks like what the leftish bloggers write about.
There is a difference between those two perspectives.
Perspective one above assumes that there is no such thing as the truth, there is only left wing spin and the White House version, known to the left as right wing spin.
Perspective number two above assumes that there is the White House spin which is generally accepted by the right and then there is truth, and the reason McClellan's claims look like left wing blogs is because that's where you go when you want to read the truth. Maybe, just maybe, McClellan didn't need to poison his brain with left wing blogs. Maybe all he had to do was write the truth.
Or maybe there is some middle ground, like maybe McClellan did read the left and as one who clearly was used as a stooge and because his conscience was awakened or perhaps to protect himself from the inevitable day of reckoning, came to write his vision of the truth.
John Dean was the whistleblower in the Nixon team. I just saw a copy of his 2007 book Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches. Looks like a good read.
I wonder if anyone would recognize Dan Bartlett if he wrote a book of truth, or Karl Rove, or Dana Perino, or Ari Fleischer. Not too likely.

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