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ProfessorPlum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 10:38 AM
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Countdown: McClellan Agrees to Testify Before Congress
 
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 11:20 AM
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1. Scott McClellan is beginning to sound like a democrat, could it be that
...once these repuke koolaid drinkers totally abstain from drinking the toxic koolaid, they are restored physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to real human beings?

Maybe there is hope for reformed republicans
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 02:50 PM
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4. I think so
When you're immersed in this world day-to-day, you lose sight of how "normal" people do things. When it's around you all the time, you get used to eccentricity, corruption, whatever. It's only when you've been outside of it for a while that you start to gradually readjust to the real world.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 12:05 PM
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2. Scott is becoming an interesting character
It's almost Shakespearian. I mean, he's done nothing but open a big can of worms with his book. It's not really helping him in many ways. I suppose he's making money, and he's a TV celeb again, but no one really trusts him. Now that I think about it, no one ever did.... except the people he has now exposed. So that's what I mean by he's not really helping himself much. Unless it is really cathartic.

His theme of "campaign culture" in DC is important, and even true. But it also has the effect of lessening the Bush Administration's culpability. "Everyone was doin' it" is just an excuse, Scott. Bush is responsible. And sure there were no secret meetings (well, actually there were!)with evil hand wringing and sinister cries of "Excellent!". Things in reality don't really look like that. But a meeting with coats and ties and documents in manila folders can still be sinister and calculating. And, I don't have too much trouble envisioning Cheney wringing his hands and intoning "Excellent!"....at least to himself.

No Scott. You can't get them off the hook. And that is why I don't think his book is just for deflection either.

What is he up to....if not as it appears in interviews like this. He IS a whistle-blower. Period.

I wonder if, after a day spinning at the podium for the likes of Cheney and Condie, while brushing his teeth before bed, he caught his reflection in the mirror and stopped, and asked "What am I doing?".
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 03:05 PM
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6. He's seems to want to redeem himself
I don't think it was until he'd been outside it for a while that he started to think back on what he'd been involved with and how much damage it had done. Once he realised that, he seems to be trying to do what any decent person would try and do, make amends for it.
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melissinha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 12:08 PM
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3. McClelllan making sense for once
You know what is interesting Scotty is so very eloquent here I really believe that he is being honest. I think he is like Bush, he speaks poorly when talking about things he doesnt truly believe, but when he believes in something, he speaks very well. This is very good. Could he be the Bush Administrations John Dean?

Off note, is he being influenced by his mama at all?
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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 03:01 PM
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5. Scotty's coming around
When you're neck-deep in that kind of insular world on a day-to-day basis, you get used to the weirdness, the eccentricity, the casual criminality; you get caught up in an us-against-them mentality that excuses virtually everything. It's only when you've been outside it for a while that you start to look back and think on things and, if you're a decent person, you then try and make amends for them.

Scott's not all the way there yet but the seeds obviously are. He'll always be a conservative and that's fine, the political spectrum needs conservative as well as progressive influences but now he's been outside it for a while, he's starting to see that the Bush Admin weren't conservatives, weren't like normal administrations; in short, they weren't what he signed up for.

We tend to forget now but there was a time when Arianna Huffington was an attack dog of the right but she came around. It wasn't an overnight process but she woke up and tried to make amends. David Brock talks about going through the same process himself in "Blinded By The Right" and again, tried to make amends for the harm he'd done. It seems that with his book and, even more so, his testimony (voluntary, and that makes a big difference morally), Scott McClellan is going through the same. He's waking up, realising what he was involved with and trying to make amends for it. He's trying for redemption and while it's not for me to judge whether he receives it, it says something that he's trying.
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