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


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soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. Sherri

    I guess rantings like this are what one should expect from the conservative camp. Mr. Dole does not take issue with the statements Mr. McClellan has made, only with the fact that he made them. I think that Mr. McClellan is a true American hero. It's not easy to speak up, but he has done so. He is a patriot and deserving of much admiration and support. Thank you for telling the truth.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Typical White person for Obama

    Dole or more like Old
    go take your medication.....he is absolutely correct...
    he speake on behalf of all of America who finds the Bush/MCsame administration to be dispicable..... this is cow boy diplomacy and propaganda tactics to go to war at its highest....he is only confirming what most of America already knew.....loyalty should be to the country not to an administration with blood on their hands responsible for killing over 4000 Americans and thousand more Iraq's in a war that should of never been authorized.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    Sometimes the truth hurts! Scott McClellan was only speaking the truth about Bush and his policies. Get over is Bob Dole

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. fish

    The only mistake I see on this guy is his silence at the time. However, it's better late than never, and I suspect there will be more people comming out of their shadows and oppose the war soon. Why don't they leave him alone? We all know that the war was wrong and the most unpopular issue in the US history. So direct critics to Bush and McCain, not McClellan;

    Peace is not just the absence of war, but it's definitely not the presence of WAR.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Poorker, NY

    There is Dole defending his old boys club. To thee guys the definitions of loyalty is to look out for each other and not the well being of this country. No wonder these people have ran this country into a dungeon.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Steve

    Yeah Bob, and cigarettes don't cause cancer. Correct?

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Dole is senile.... the miserable creature is obviously BUSH....

    Funny how the GOP gets so outraged when someone tells tales out of school... but the lies and corruption of the Bush administration don't bother them at all.....

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Another Democrat that created the Reagan Democrats.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Yolanda -Atlanta

    You know these people are halarious. How many people out there sit back in their jobs while things go on that they know are wrong and they don't like without saying or doing anything about it until they have left or are leaving?

    I, for one, know what happens when you don't go along with the crowd at work. You are often shown the door and I mean that literally and I am speaking from personal experience.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Rena

    Dole –

    Just be quiet no wants to here you. You probably did worst and we just don't know about. All you guys are a bunch of crooks so how can you call this man an ingrate or a miserable creature. Ya'll bunch of money grabbers and thieves have robbed this country for decades. Many Americans have suffered at your hands and it is about time somebody tell how dirty you guys have been in running that White House.

    Our soldiers are dying in vain over there and it is people like Dole, Bush, and McCain etc., who continue to rip the life out of our soldiers just to stroke their ego and boast their position. But the day will come you will have to answer to a GOD who you will not be able to lie or deceive your way. He will call you out for just who you are and trust me HE want have to hide behind a book or people. YOUR JUDGEMENT WILL COME; AND GREAT WILL BE YOUR FALL.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Jerry Lee

    If he had spoken up he woulld of been run out of town ala Richard Clarke...you Republicans are dishonest and have no pride in your country over party.

    If not for the John Deans and Scott Mcclellans of this world and "Deep throat" this country would be run by ruthless tyrants having their way with our "democracy"

    What is wrong with you people??

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. anonymous

    You know, Senator Dole and everyone else in the Bush White House now questioning McClellan and his motives for his tell-all, I have somethign to say to you. We as Americans, what else are we supposed to do? Our Congress, our leaders have totally failed in their constitutional responsiblity to hold Bush/Cheney accountable for their acts that are worthy of impeachment – their abuse of power that led us to a false war. Pelosi and Reid have failed to bring impeachment against Bush and largely because of REpublican in the Congress continuing to support the illegal President. White House officials continue to ignore and resist valid subpoenas from Congress itself and the Justice Department to come before teh public and explain their actions. A Justice Department in the pocket of Bush Cheney who will not do its independent obligation to defend federal law. So we as Americans, if we have to resort to insider tell-alls for the truth to come out, then so be it. We deserve the truth and Senator Dole, we have no obligation to protect a president who has done nothing to protect us, and in fact, has undermined our Constitution.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Chicago's Own

    Aww Bob....how can you comment on the book if you don't read it. Can anyone say whether or not McClellan was lying?

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Neil

    Ah . . . Ever since those hilarious post election Pepsi Commericials, I had forgotten the "Mean" Bob Dole. Kind of nice to see him back.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. lols

    says the man who was a spokesperson for ED and viagra.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. David

    "A miserable creature spurred on by greed." That sounds like the president to me.

    May 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Wow Bob Dole...

    Kinda blew a gasket there, didn't ya?

    I guess it's only patriotic to put country over party by whistle-blowing ...

    when a Dem is exposed.....

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. kevin

    Hey Bob Dole:

    Nice try, you simpering Republican shill. After you're done acting like a boob yelling at McClellan, why don't you reserve some of that anger for Bush, Cheney, Rove and David Addington? They're the ones who have betrayed all of us for money. They're the ones who have betrayed our country. If anything, this is the first really patriotic act that McClellan has made. Who cares about Republicans and Democrats when the thing of real value, America, is suffering under the weight of corrupt politicians, of whose seedy ranks you can now count yourself.

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. DJ

    Wow!! Way to go, Mr. Dole. I'm glad you didn't find it necessary to mince words like Mr. McClellan did. I think you hit the nail on the head!

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. enomisa

    I have to agree that Scott is a miserable creature- waited too long to say too little, when it could do no good- but make him rich.

    Now this liar is for Obama.

    Another reason to dump Obama.

    Write in Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Matt in Cleveland

    ya dont criticize the administration or anything....keep following the lies of bush and co.

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Joe Ballard

    The intensity of these insults just makes one wonder whether McLellan did not hit a nerve here. Could he be saying what so many of these Republicans did not want to have come out?

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Christian, Tampa FL

    Oh, for crying out loud! McClellan is a hero for confirming so much of the bad things about this President that many of us believed but didn't know for absolutely sure. It's a great thing that he came out and spilled his guts, the people have a right to know that the man who screwed up Katrina relief and gave us Iraq is really as bad as we thought.

    President Bush deserves this, and a lot worse.

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    Obviously, Dole is getting old. I used to support this guy when I lived in Kansas and he was senator. The republicans have more loyalty to their party and the people in it then they do to their country, this has always been true. Even if their president is the head of a gang of criminals blind loyalty is more important then the country. The democrats have this problem to a certain extent but the point is here that the American people are getting sick of it and the republicans have been late to catch up this. The republicans are forgetting that we want a government that works for us and is not treated as a part of some sort of game for power.

    Sure it would have been nice if McClellan had spoken up right after he quit or announced it at a press briefing while he was still press secretary but in reality that stuff never happens. Most of us put up with this stuff when we employed somewhere and then after quitting we start reflecting, which is exactly what happened here. This is the book of a disillusioned man. All these republicans coming forward and saying horrible things about someone who had a change of heart should really be looking at what is going on with all the corruption and illegal behavoir of the administration instead of trying to defend it. This party is headed down hill fast.

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Heather

    Oh, is he still alive?

    May 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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