Ah, to be back from a very relaxing vacation from New Mexico and Arizona, all God's Country, and lo and behold, a book by former White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, comes out early. Of course, it is because it lambastes the Bush administration and the man he worked for, President Bush.
But, what is missing from the story is that this McCllean apple does not fall far from the family tree.
In 2006, a woman named Carole Keeton Strayhorn ran for governor of Texas. She was the Texas state comptroller. She was a Republican. Oh, and she is the mother of one Scott McClellan.
While she was wildly popular and even outpolled the incumbent governor, Rick Perry in 2002 for her post, she quickly went after Gov. Perry. That is because she did not like the policies that Gov. Perry was following, including but not especially, private financing for road projects. Why, what is un-Republican about that?
Well, since Mrs. Strayhorn, now on her third marriage, had no chance to actually beat Gov. Perry in a Republican primary, she left the Republican party and mounted her "Independent" run for governor.
Needless to say, she did not win. She simply ran a distant third place, behind Democrat Chris Bell and the still Gov. Perry.
So, Mrs. Strayhorn did not get her way and she decided to run a campaign as "One Tough Grandma".
To bad One Tough Grandma turned out to be one typical politician. She took in over $2 million from trial lawyers for her race for state comptroller.
Oh, and along the way, Mrs. Strayhorn went from Democrat who was Walter Mondale's Travis County (Austin) co-chair, to Republican to run for congress in 1986. She also changes positions when it suits her attempt for power. She was a staunch supporter of school vouchers, but ran against them in the "Independent" bid for governor. She went from pro-life to the I don't know position. She went from Democrat to Republican to Independent.
In fact, Mrs. Strayhorn is nothing more than a political opportunist always looking for higher office. The voters of Texas finally tired of her act and said, go home, by giving her only 18% of the vote for governor in 2006.
Now, fast forward to Scott McClellan.
He went to work for then-Gov. Bush in 1999. He told NBC Today hostess Meridith Viera that he thought that Gov. Bush was really going to bring a new tone as president. He cited his tenure as governor of Texas. Well, what Mr. McClellan left out was that it is a lot easier to bring moderate/conservative Democrats with moderate/conservative Republicans. In Washington, there are liberal/socialist Democrats and a smattering of moderate/conservative Democrats. Most of the latter became Republicans.
One of the whines of Mr. McClellan is that he was kept out of the loop of many of the major decisions of the administration concerning the war in the Iraq theatre. Well, after all, he was the deputy press secretary then. Ari Fleischer was his boss.
As Rush Limbaugh pointed out today http://rushlimbaugh.com/, a lot of the "book" may have been ghost written. And, the publishing house is a George Soros funded entity.
To me, I think that Scott McClellan is a sad man. Someone who thought he had more influence than he really had. Thus, he followed mommy's lead and went out for blood and defamed the man that he thought should have given him more power. That man is George W. Bush.
It is a shame that the apple does not fall far from the tree for ol' Scott "Benedict Arnold" McClellan.
HT: Free Republic, Wikipedia for background