Paul  Weyrich

Washington is a place utterly without loyalty. It has gotten worse every year since I have been here. Poor President George W. Bush. Loyal to a fault. His reward? To be trashed by the likes of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Did McClellan have an axe to grind or was he just trying to set the record straight? He now fancies himself as a historian.

McClellan never was in the inner circle at the White House. He was, to be honest about it, way over his head. He resigned - was forced to resign? - when Tony Snow was brought in to handle that office. Many pundits believed he was forced to resign because of the Valerie Plame issue and the handling of Hurricane Katrina relief. Regardless of the circumstances, there is little doubt that he is bitter about it and has taken shots at those he regards as having been responsible for doing him in. Hence, the gratuitous attacks on Karl Rove, for example. His technique is interesting. He says what the media already believes; therefore, the media will assist him mightily in selling his book. As radio commentator Chris Plante noted, the so-called mainstream media will carry him forward on its shoulders until it is through with him, at which point it will throw him under the bus, as it has done with all of those who have been disloyal to Bush.

Those who worked with McClellan said he never uttered one word of objection to all the positions he now claims are so reprehensible. If he had had any integrity he would have raised his voice while on the job and if he failed to make any headway he would have resigned. Oh, no. That isn't how it is done these days. Instead one appears loyal. One raises no objection and then one goes off and writes a tell-all book. McClellan never said that Bush lied to the American public but the media is extrapolating that from what he did say, which is that Bush didn't ask tough questions. I have heard at least half a dozen versions of what McClellan supposedly said, none of which was exactly what he did say. This just gives the pious commentators more than they ever could have hoped for. And this in the midst of a Presidential campaign.

I came from a different era. If you went to work for someone you did not leak secrets to the media. You were discreet. Presumably you believed in what the person for whom you went to work stood for.


Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
 
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