May 30th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Dole to McClellan: You're a 'miserable creature'

Dole is not happy with McClellan.
Dole is not happy with McClellan.

(CNN) – Bob Dole is furious with Scott McClellan's public criticisms of the Bush administration, telling the former White House Press Secretary in an e-mail Thursday he is a "miserable creature" who is "spurred on by greed."

"There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues," Dole wrote in the personal e-mail. "No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique."

Dole spokesman Michael Marshall confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail, first reported by Politico and obtained by CNN.

Dole, the former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, also tells McClellan he is likely looking to "clean up" as "the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm."

"When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, 'Biting The Hand That Fed Me,'" he wrote. "Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years."

Dole also made clear he has no plans to read the book.

"I have no intention of reading your 'exposé' because if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job," he wrote. "That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively."

"You're a hot ticket now but don't you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?"

Related: McClellan hints at supporting Obama


Filed under: Bob Dole
soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. Kevin - Indiana

    McClellan doesn't owe Bush anything. He helped spread disinformation for the administration, destroying his credibility in the process. If anything, Bush owes McClellan an apology. If he is unhappy, he has every right to be unhappy about being used, dishonestly.

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Dayo from New York City

    Well if McClellan betrayed his party for the love of his country that's fine with me. He did the right thing.

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. xddy4u

    When Mr. McClellan was lyiing through his teeth on behalf of Bush at the News gatherings, he was a "good ole boy". Now when he tells the truth about Bush, he's a rotten SOB. If McClellan is a monster you Republicans made him one. Remember monsters always kills it creator.

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. No Doll

    Mr. Dole, one has just to look at your face and record to find out who is a true miserable creature.... What is wrong in admitting that Bush had failed policies and misled the American people?

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. boered1

    Yep attack the messanger not the message. my question to Dole is if you are so strong a supporter of integrity why are you not standing up for the INTEGRITY OF OUR COUNTRY over the intergitry of your party. you, bush and hillary all cut from the same cloth to hell with the rest we have to support our friends even if it destroyes our party or our country.

    You and your loyalist league disgust me far worse than this little twerp who at least, finally, had the courage to stand up and say I cannot accept the lies I told before.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Doug Gulfport, FL

    He sounds like a spoiled child, doesn't he?
    The Bushies are reverting to name calling because the truth about the their administration has been told. Most of us suspected this truth, however. Scott McClellan has guts, and I admire him.
    Dole, it's time to check in to the nursing home. You are insignificant and your opinion does not matter.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. independant

    I have to comment on Ferrero's blog! I just wanted to say

    AMEN SISTER!

    Obama and his campaign are the reason our party is so devided. When Obama says, "Our time has come" he's talking about black americans. When he talks about "Change", he's talking about the first black president. When he's talking about "Yes We Can!" he is talking to the black Americans. He's trying to sound like MLK. He comes from a racist, anti-American church.

    It's all right there under your noses people.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. atypical white person

    Not pertaining to this article, but rather a reminder to readers out there that there are a lot of Republicans acting as Hillary supporters and Obama haters right now, hoping to skew the nominee election.

    We're each responsible for reconciling our own confusion.

    DOnt 'be swayed by fear tactics. Don't be swayed by fear at all.

    Many in the Republican party are running scared. Don't follow their lead.

    "When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change."

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Margaret

    How interesting that McClellan's critics don't dispute the CONTENT of the book, only that (in their estimation) he shouldn't have said it. Guess they're forgetting that folks in government are supposed to be working for us, and when "The People" have been lied to, we have every right to know about it. And as for Scotty being a little late to 'fess up, better late than never. Maybe he can donate his royalties to medical aid for Iraqi children or to PTSD care for U.S. vets. Thank you, Mr. McClellan, for coming forward with your inside perspective.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Kyle

    People seem to forget that ANYONE who spoke out against the presidents policy was considered unpatriotic. It makes sense that he was afraid to speak at the time.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. G

    They make it sound like he got a millions of dollars for this book. If anything we should be thanking McClellan for finally telling the public what we all already knew but has now been confirm. People thought that those who wrote about watergate were also disloyal. So let me get this straight the government can be corrupt do whatever it wants but if we did the same thing we would get the book thrown at us. This is stupid if they did something wrong we have a right to know. And just like they like to condem everyone for their crimes they should also get the same treatment.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Gerry De Leon

    Dole was right. McLellan was a snake who bit the hands that fed him.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    Hmmmm. What is more disgusting: betraying your boss for lying to you and then asking you to propagate falsehoods in front of the entire nation, are creating the lie in the first place and killing thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands Iraqis? I can see how someone like bob dole would consider loyalty to a lier to be more substantive than loyalty to the American people. Thank G-d Clinton romped this spineless thug in 1996.

    May 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Larry Flynt

    I'll pay top dolar for a picture of McClellan, Keith Overnow, Chris Matthews, Jonathan Alter, Richard Wolfe, Dana Millbank, Little Danny Abrams and John Dean, in a circle jerk.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Anony-mouse

    There was a very short period of time after the Enron scandal that 'whistleblowers' were not considered the dregs of the earth. Now, thanks to Carville, they are called Judas'. Don't you love our open-minded American society?

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. James

    Well said!

    That reminds me what Obama have been and will be: a cheating cheap politician, at best! What "CHANGE"!

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Micks

    I lost all respect for Bob Dole when he wouldn't denounce the obvious falsehoods of the Swift Boat Veterans (only one of which actually served with Kerry), even McCain had the decency to call them out for what they were.

    Bob Dole is a miserable creature, if it weren't for the the travesty of the Bush administration, I would say I'm glad he never became president, but even a scoundrel like Dole would have been prefereable to the Bush. As for McClellan, better late than never I guess, but really, is he saying anything that wasn't already blatantly obvious?

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. gin

    Every time Republicans get to the white house, they have a war in their agenda. This cowboy attitude has destroyed so many lives: over 4 thousand deaths, suicides, and wounded . So many families in distress. Now we have a recession and they still believe they will win again to continue their destruction.
    Meanwhile we have those angry feminists pushing a suicidal agenda on the other sides. Hopefully fairness will prevail.
    So this book was necessary to just confirm our doubt about this useless and evil war and this government that cost us our economy and put us in so much misery.
    Now Fox is trying to divert our attention toward the democrats with a priest business so we can forget about the McClellan' book.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. AMW

    HEY DOLE
    IF YOU HAVE NOT READ HIS BOOK AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF READING HIS BOOK, YOU ARE NOT QUAIFIED TO COMMENT ON IT!
    THE MORE YOU HANGER-ONERS OPEN YOUR MOUTHS, THE MORE FOOLISH YOU ALL SOUND.
    SCOTT SIMPLY DOCUMENTED HIS THOUGHTS, AND LOW AND BEHOLD, 95% OF AMERICA AGREES WITH HIM.
    YOU, ARI, DAN, CARL (???KARL), DICKY, RUMMY, CANDY--JUST KEEP ON HANGING ON TO THE BUSH MACHINE IF THAT IS YOUR NEED. MOST OF US DON'T HAVE THAT NEUROTIC NEED.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. No big goverment

    It is absolutely obvious that McClellan is taking the money when he can get it regardless of truth or fact. Big government is coming along with our freedoms being slowly taken from each one of us. Our enemies are at the door and no one seems to notice. Do you know who are candidates really are?? We are in trouble. Take of the blinders of Hope and Change America. Our founding fathers fought for freedom. We are letting it slip away to socialism.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. ISeeNothingWrongWithIt

    DOLE YOU ARE THE "miserable creature" NOT Scott McClellan's WHAT IS WRONG WITH COMING OUT CLEAN. YOU REPUBLICANS ARE USED TO LYING AND YOU CALL LYING LOYALITY . I THINK MR. Scott McClellan MADE A BIG FAVAOUR FOR COMING OUT CLEAN AND EXPOSING THE BUSH ADMISTRATION SEPECIALY THE EVIL MAN KARL ROME. MAY GOD BLESS THIS MAN.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Matthew

    I agree with Dole and I'm now fan of George W. Bush or his administration. I highly doubt Scott McClellan had a recent epiphany. Quite the contrary, he served well over two years as the public face of the administration and publicly defended and reinforced its policies. If he truly felt as he says he does, he should have resigned much earlier than 2006 or not taken the position at all. So Dole is correct, he is a weasel who is looking to make a quick buck.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. harold

    You know how it is...GW Bush has been hurt... called out to be a liar... of immense preportions.... Now they get Dole who is retired or dying his hair someplace... and have him hit back... God will be honored to be in your presense Mr. Dole... Now do something for the people... By the way remember when you told the public that there was no health care crisis.. that the only thing was some people were not insured... You did nothing for the public except your ego...

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Darcy - Arkansas

    Bob Dole is wrong to down Mr McCellan for giving his version of the truth. Bob Dole can give his version of the truth also and we, the public will judge who and what we deem more honest.

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. Tim

    Mr. McClellan You did the correct thing. Don't even listen to these Republican creeps. The world already knows everything you have told us and you had the courage to tell us anyway. Hold your head High!! I personally are proud of you.

    May 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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