How Not To Do Pushback

May 31st, 2008at 02:25pm Posted by Eli

Okay, so I get that the Republicans are going to do all they can to smear Scott McClellan now that he’s accused the Bush Administration of being a bunch of lying liars – it’s what they do.  But a couple of specific lines of attack kinda mystify me.

First there was Jeff Gannon, Male Prostitute, insinuating that Scottie is Teh Gay Homosexual:

What I hear about the book does not sound like the Scott McClellan I knew for two years. I can say without fear of contradiction, that I knew Scott better than any other White House correspondent or Washington reporter.

Nudge nudge, wink wink.  Because nothing destroys your credibility more than being gay.  Unless you’re Jeff Gannon, of course, in which case you’re totally believable.

The thing about this line of attack is, if Gannon is going to Go There, then he had better be damn sure that he didn’t know anyone else of note in the White House “better than any other White House correspondent or Washington reporter,” or if he did, that Scottie didn’t know bout it.

He’d also better be damn sure that no-one else of note in the White House facilitated his entree into the White House press corps knowing that he was Scottie’s boy-toy (or vice-versa).  ‘Cuz I really don’t think the Bushies want to deal with stories along the lines of, “President Bush/Karl Rove allowed gay prostitute into White House press corps for homosexual affair with White House press secretary,” although I suppose I could be wrong.

The other pushback that seems a bit strange is the one about Dubya’s cocaine use:

A close former aide to President Bush has come forward to emphatically rebut Scott McClellan’s allegation that Bush had once said that he did not remember if he had ever used cocaine.

Logan Walters, who as Bush’s longtime personal aide would have been present for a supporter phone call like the one McClellan describes, told Politico that he never heard such a conversation and that the idea of it is completely implausible.

“I never heard him say, ‘I don’t remember whether or not I’ve used cocaine’ — never heard him say anything like that,” Walters said. “It would be so strikingly out of character and inconsistent with the way he typically responded to issues and questions, it would have stood out in my mind.”

(…)

McClellan writes: “As we arrived at the suite, the governor invited me to follow him into the back room. Logan stayed in the living room area, arranging for the governor to take a phone call from a supporter.

“Bush motioned for me to sit and relax in his room while he took the call. … ‘The media won’t let go of these ridiculous cocaine rumors,’ I heard Bush say. ‘You know, the truth is I honestly don’t remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back in the day, but I just don’t remember.’ … I remember thinking to myself, how can that be?”

McClellan stood by his recollection and pointed out: “Logan was not in the room. He was in the living room area.”

Walters maintained that, at the time, he was in Bush’s presence all day, every day.

“I would have reacted the same way Scott claims he reacted in the book, which is I just wouldn’t have believed him,” Walters said. “I don’t believe it’s plausible to say, ‘I don’t remember whether I used cocaine.’

“The president always showed a lot of integrity around me. I was with him in numerous public and private situations, especially during the campaign when he was talking to Karen Hughes or Karl Rove or Dan Bartlett or other traveling campaign staff.

I did not ever witness him trying to hide something. I didn’t ever witness him being dishonest about something — saying something publicly that he was inconsistent with privately. That’s not the guy I came to know.”

Well, first of all, that last quote proves that Walters is a ginormous liar – either about what he witnessed, or about being in Dubya’s vicinity for more than five minutes a day.  But even aside from that, is Dubya’s cocaine use really something you want to remind people of?  Or the lameness of Dubya’s denial, which suggests that he was in such a drug- or alcohol-induced fog that he couldn’t even remember if he’d tried cocaine?

Maybe the story’s true, maybe it isn’t (I’m inclined to believe it is, based on Dubya’s dishonesty and lack of character about, well, everything else), but is it really a great idea to remind people of it, or get them debating over whether Dubya was such a wreck of a party-boy that even coke didn’t make an impression on him?

(h/t Stoller)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers


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