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

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

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(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. Army Veteran Against McCain

    Reasons why Veterans, active duty personell, and anyone who cares about them should not vote for McCain:

    *AWOL for May 22nd vote on GI Bill. Expressed opposition to bill saying "it was too generous to Veterans".

    *Voted against Bill in September that would have mandated adequate rest for troops between combat deployments.

    *Voted No on $1.5-billion increase for Veteran Medical services (money would have come from closing corporate tax loophole).

    *Voted No on establishing a trust fund to bolster underfunded Veteran Hospitals.

    *Voted No in May 2006 against $20-billion allotment for expanding Veteran Medical Facilities.

    *Voted No in April 2006 to increase Veteran Outpatient care.

    *Voted No in March 2004 another $1.8-billion reserve for Veteran Medical care (again funded by closing corporate tax loopholes).

    Bottomline, McCain is more interested in taking care of big business then the men and women he wrongly sent to fight in Iraq.

    May 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    Bob Dole is still alive? And relevant?!? That's certainly breaking news to me...

    May 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. enomisa

    And like all other miserable hypocrits, he now backs Obama.

    That should help Obama lose in Nov.

    May 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Obama 08

    Takes one to know one.

    May 30, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. David

    Spoken like a washed-up politician with e.d.

    May 30, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. hillary is the better one

    Makes perfect sense that this lying, flip-flopping hypocrit is now jumping on the Obama bandwagon for negative and divisive change.

    May 30, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. HH

    I dont think you should talk BOB!

    You fell off of a stage while running for president and called the Los Angeles Dodgers the Brooklyn Dodgers even after they left New York 50 years ago.

    Its a blessing you or your wife made it no where near the White House.

    Hopefully Liddy gets her packing as Senator from North Carolina, even tho she DOES NOT live there, and YOU CAN NOT VOTE THERE.

    May 30, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh you Republicans, are all of you evil?
    Well of course you are.

    And simple Scotty, why didn't you stand up and said something when you were lying back then, just go away.

    May 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. tell the truth

    that right do not read the book. It shows how bush and his crew rolls. Just like Mccain. Vote for hope and change Go Obama

    May 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. CT voter

    Sounds like a Bush yesmen.

    May 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Ben

    Life is more abouth the truth than cover up!! You of all people should know better. Sue McClellan if there is no truth!!! JUST sue to proof your point otherwise its all the truth and nothing but the truth so help us GOD!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. joaquin

    I am gonna tell you something.

    The guy has the guts to admit he was wrong and the guts to tell the truth.

    The white house and the media are trying to manipulating us to believe that he is the bad guy of the story.

    The bad guy of the store is this Bush administration that lied to us to go to a unnecessary war.

    This administration has manipulating us and ruined this country.

    Its time for the media to recognize this guy, shame on you CNN !!

    May 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Oh Scott

    Scott- a little too little honesty, a little too late. Now this hypocritical, two-faced liar is joining the rest of the Obama fanatics. He is is good company.

    I'm voting for HRC-

    May 30, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. trellskig

    Everytime I try to post a comment the blog is closed, why?

    Anyway hahahaha...A miserable creature...hahahaha

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. SLO Bear

    Is that the champion of Viagra we believe in or is he channeling his inner Geraldine Ferraro?

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Rick in Florida

    YAWN............McClellan certainly seems to be weak-willed. I agree with Dole about McClellan's lack of courage in speaking out earlier, but now that he has, so what?? It has a nine-minute life cycle as being newsworthy. YAWN.

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Angus McDugan

    I agree. He is preying on liberals and democrats to fund his retirement. He knew that these groups would stumble all over themselves to by a book that is negative about Bush. The odd thing is that it does not present anything new or that was not already known. What a wuss.

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Tim

    Wow. I can't stand Bush-Cheney, but Ole Dole has a point. I like the fact that they're digging up McClellan slamming Clarke about his book.

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Maggie VT

    OH MY!!!! Well, I think about all the men and women who have lost their lives, not about someone who put us there.

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Oh, I beg to differ! I love it!

    May 30, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. tigerakabj

    You know, I still don't here the Rethugs challenging McClellan's arguments. They are just calling him names. They know it is all true. I have a feeling that the Republican party will meet the same fate as that of the Federalist Party in the coming years. They have Bush to thank for that.

    On the opposite side, Obama is transforming the Democratic Party by bringing in a whole lot of new people into the Democratic party, at the same as kicking to the curb the old heads in the party who can't get with the future program.

    Like Hillary, the defections from the Repubs and the Bush administration will become more frequent in the coming months. Bush should look at his friends the Clintons and take note that the same will happen to him.

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Mk

    Dear Mr Dole:
    Don't YOU feel like an ingrate when you defend an administration whose lies have led to thousands of deaths and injuries?
    We all know we were lied to. How can YOU defend such a thing and still sleep at night???

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Shasta

    In Dole's defense...I can't stand looking at the little bug. He is so pasty.

    I have no issues with McClellan exposing the administration if it is the truth, but the fact that he is looking to make money off of it makes me suspicious if it is the whole truth. If he has such a conscience, he is scum for waiting until it was all over before blowing the whistle on it.

    I did find it interesting that nothing here says that Dole called him a liar- or maybe CNN just isn't posting that part of the email.

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Bitter

    I hear Hillary is going to write an expose on all the evil things Bill did while in the White House with all her soon to be found, spare time.

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. AZM


    Dang Dole... don't sugar coat it... tell us how you feel.

    Pretty much told it like it is... even if the book is complety true (no way to prove since it's his word against nothing)... he was a coward... kept his job... and speaks later to make profit... "miserable creature" both ways!

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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