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

Filed under: Bob Dole
soundoff (501 Responses)
  1. Can't wait for the DNC Primary to end

    So nice of Bob Dole the nobody of today's politics to give his opinion.

    While I have no answers for Scott's behavior, I do know that Bob Dole just called a lot of Americans who work in places and have a similar response as Scott while working there "miserable creatures".

    Explain that Bob, Scott isn't the only one who in your words "don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues." Some people prioritize feeding their family over their own selfishness.

    May 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. jason

    lol! republican namecalling...

    how mature.

    May 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. JHudson

    Since when did Bob Dole become relevant?

    May 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Kevin

    I notice that the right are taking a lot of time and effort to vilify Scott McClellan as a liar, coward, low-life, etc. Yet there doesn't seem a lot of effort being given to refuting his claims. These people are more interested in adhering to the old Reagan dogma of never speaking ill of another Republican than they would ever be concerned about the fact that Bush and his administration of been lying, spinning and manipulating the facts for years.

    Not only have they lied to the American public constantly for years, their actions have cost this country its standing in the world, a breakdown in our economic stability, not to mention the lives, health and safety of our armed forces in an unending conflict overseas.

    May 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. M Balaji

    Integrity of Mc Clellan does not matter to the world. But that of the president of United States of America matters the most. The truth is, the president of United States of America was untruthful and was certainly a war monger. Just because of the blood-hunger which, GW Bush carried over Saddam, thousands of young American Soldiers and several thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed. GW Bush owes the world an unconditional apology for this war, which was sold to USA and rest of its allies solely on flawed Intelligence by a manupulative President.

    May 30, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Democrat in NW

    What Geraldine Ferraro says is very true. I am deeply offended by the comments blured out by Obama's Faith consultant Pfleger. Not even he was pretching hate, insulting Hillary, he offended women by portraying them as weak and emotional. Obama and his operatives think that by saying sorry, everything will be OK. Well it will not.

    Millions of women feel betrayed and cheated. That is why they support Hillary because she chapmions their struggle in every day life, working twice as hard, being humilitaed and not taken seriously constantly and not being acknowledged when they have proven to be a better person for the job. Dems are denying themselves of capturing the White House once again by nominating a lesser qualified and unknown candidate who can easily be defeated by the Republicans. Only time will tell.

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

    It's a world gone mad.

    Finally, Republicans are justifiably angry about something another Republican has done (and I'm not referring to Larry Craig or what he did). Had it only not been six years ago, when Republicans in the House and Senate might have been justifiably angry about all the lies that the Bushies were telling them and the American people.

    And, at the same, time moronic Obama fanatics (Obamacrats, I guess we'd have to call them) are unthinkingly happy with a (former) Bush spokesperson and something he has said publicly. Don't you loony so-called Democrats even know that Scott McClellan was the very face of the Bush White House during all the horrible things it did for so many years? He was, at best, an enabler and, at worst, a coward who knew what he was doing was wrong, but kept on doing it for years anyway. He's not upset for telling and selling the American people lie after lie. He's only upset because the Bushies lied to HIM.

    Hillary Clinton, please lead the true Democrats to something better.


    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. DavidE73

    This is not news. Why does the media report opinions?

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. nitro

    Why is it that a administration that won two elections on the grounds of christian and moral values, spit fire when one of there on gets a case of morality and tells all the lies that took place. It lets people know that everything once said was always true.

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Len

    the only reason that the White House cronies are upset is because they have been upstaged on their own planned books revealing the truth.

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Mike from Westchester

    He has a point about McClellan not speaking up...but does that make the allegations untrue.

    I completely disagree with Dole's sentiment about "the liberal anti-Bush press". Sounds like the Clinton's great right-wing conspiracy theory. First, the press puts out what draws viewers, and therefore, its slant is a reflection of our society. Second, this "liberal" press is owned by GE, Disney, and Westinghouse, etc. and everyone know what liberal wackos those three huge corporations are owned and run by – give us a break! Finally, the Bush Administration's problems are not due to some fictional media conspiracy, but rather they are victims of their own ideology over common-sense mindset, greed, lust for power, corruption, and general incompetence.

    As far as McClellan getting a job in the Obama Administration – very doubtful. After the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold moved to England but was pretty much ostracized there. Nobody likes or trusts a turncoat.

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Paul, Riverside, CA

    More proof that the TRUTH hurts.

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Yolanda -Atlanta

    Sounds like a true Republican. Forget the truth, just be loyal!

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. obamaguy

    is he still relevant?

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. harrison t. rogers

    By George, that Viagra sure can produce stiff criticism!

    May 30, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. felicia


    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Phil - Chesterton, IN

    Ha – Two thoughts came immediately to mind with that admonishing by Dole....

    1) I feel like a high school teacher, reading a confiscated break-up note from one teen to another.

    2) "Dole speaks and the world listens" – Well, that's the title of a book that could never be written...If it ever was, they'd have to file it in the fiction section. I read Dole's comments as I'm sure many did, and thought, "So what – it's Bob Dole!"

    Bob Dole – the best thing about you is Norm MacDonald's impersonation of you....Or I should say that WAS the best thing about you – Now you're a caricature of yourself.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Ken B

    Bob z z z z z z z z z z z snooze news

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Dave

    I wonder if we will ever see an intelligent, thoughtful post by an Obamite? One thing for sure, if Obama becomes president, Cuba will look like a capitalistic paradice!

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Jeff

    The "liberal anti-Bush press"?!?!?!

    Anyone who is not Anti-Bush at this point is heavily deluded and biased. A true conservative press would be highly critical of Bush. A liberal press would be highly critical of Bush. Any AMERICAN press who cares about the nation at all would be critical of Bush. This administration has failed in basically every single aspect of its duties to the nation. The only press which would not be anti-Bush is a compliant, untruthful press.

    That being said, if coming out with honesty at this point makes McClellan a "miserable creature", then I hope we have a lot of "miserable creatures" around. McClellan at this point is 10 times the man you could ever hope to be, Dole...

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Kris from AZ

    The fact of the Republicans coming out about the book is irrelevent. We all know this administration is terrible.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Dyan, MN

    My, oh my, how the truth hurts these Republicans. And I'm not speaking of Scott McClellan.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. tom crean

    maybe scott should have said something sooner but he also knows what happens to the peope who speakout againest this president. what does dole know that no one else does? he should just shut his trap and stay out of politics. he wasn't much of one to start with.
    the truth won't really come out until this tribe of misfits is out of the whitehouse. will make some interesting reading if someone really digs in to what really went on behind the doors of secertcy.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. the only open post

    Just want to say to the people, like Scott, who support Obama: Obama is just the same as cocky, arrogant, lying Bush.

    Also, Obama will not reach the required minimum number of pledged delegates. These are the RULES. So he has NOT won, and certainly has not won big.

    White Male candidates took it to the convention while much further behind in delegates than Hillary Clinton.

    She needs to take this to the convention- as is her right. Or do the rules change when it is a female candidate and we owe the nomination to the black man?

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Geoff Smith

    Clearly Bob Dole has lost his mind...they always say it's the second thing to go. And we all know about his advertisements years ago proclaiming that the other "thing to go" has been gone for some time.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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