Scott McClellan: What Happens Next?
Michael Kinsley channels Scott McClellan:
People have asked: Is this a permanent breach? Will I ever be able to work with myself again? Will I ever trust myself to betray the truth as I did for so many years? Or were those years of deception nothing but a lie? And the honest answer (or dishonest answer, as the case may be) is: I’ll have to get back to you on that. However, once a person has started telling the truth, it is very hard to trust his lies completely ever again. I’m sure that when the wounds have been given time to heal, I will work with myself again. But there will always be that small shred of doubt: Am I truly following the line that has been so carefully crafted by people much smarter than myself, or am I just saying whatever comes into my head for no better reason than it happens to be the case?
And if my sudden eruption of truth-telling means that my career as a professional liar is over, I will have no one to blame but myself.