Under the headline: Is this book really necessary?
Power Line today:
When Scott McClellan was the president’s press secretary, I usually winced when I heard him speak. The wincing finally ended when Tony Snow replaced McClellan.
Now, with the publication of his new book, we get the chance to wince once more. It’s an opportunity I intend to pass up.
JOHN adds: McClellan was a lousy press secretary. A much better spokesman, Tony Snow, once told me that the best thing about his job was the opportunity to follow President Bush around and observe his conduct of the Presidency. Tony said that he came away with a deep appreciation of President Bush’s character, judgment and knowledge of the issues. Unless McClellan can come up with some facts to back up his claims–facts have been notably absent from the press accounts I’ve seen of his book–I think Tony’s assessment is considerably more reliable.
You know what is coming…
Power Line then:
Scott McClellan resigned as White House press secretary this morning. I think McClellan has done a capable job, and it’s probably wishful thinking to imagine that the President would appoint someone who would take a more combative attitude toward the White House press corps. To be fair, McClellan has sometimes pushed back. But I think there is a lot of room to take a more aggressive approach.
This would be hilarious if it weren’t so predictable.