Scott McClellan: What Happens Next?

Michael Kinsley channels Scott McClellan:

Scott McClellan:  What Happens Next? 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.


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  1. M1EK says:

    And what about James’ career as a Bush apologist?

    Outrage over McClellan a thousand times more virulent than outrage over what Bush and company actually did?


    Still safe! What a relief.

  2. Bithead says:

    You’re kinda making a lot of assumptions, there, aren’t you, M1EK?

  3. anjin-san says:

    Yea, its interesting how much rage there is on the right that McClellan is a liar, betrayer, whatever, and how little there is that Bush is an incompetent warmonger.

  4. Dantheman says:


    The president is not an incompetent warmonger. He has proven himself most adept at being a warmonger.

  5. Elmo says:

    I think Dana Perino can kick Scott’s arse. Besides the Kos Kiddies and Scottie himself …. the only sound heard from most, is a faint yawn (if that).

    In another week Britney, or Jamie Lynn, or Paris, or Ashlee will restore the ever so horrific and frighteningly askew earth’s balance.

    Do enjoy your day in the sun Scott, integrity once lost, is never regained.