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. Norb

    Maybe Bob Dole should give the same advise to his wife Libby? Who convieniently moved into her mother's house in North Carolina, just to have enough months of residency to run for Senate in that State. Bob Dole is about as exciting as listening to somebody's beard grow! Viva viagra!

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. JB

    Bob Dole???

    that was funny.

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Mike

    "Bob Dole dont like McClellan. Bob Dole not like expose'"

    "Bob Dole take nap now."

    – Bob Dole

    May 30, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. LB

    Rob not all Obama supporters are kids, but thanks for the spin. Bob Dole has been out of touch for years. He also knew what was going on in Washington and never said a thing to stop it.

    May 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Justin, New Hampshire

    Heaven forbid any Republican should speak out against Bush's "MISEREABLE" administration. The true crime in Mclellan speaking out is that he, like so many other "leaders" within the Republican party did not do so sooner or when it truly was necessary to do so (before there were over 4000 of our finest killed in action).

    May 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. William Sharp

    This can't be the same Bob Dole who shilled for Viarga–or if it is he must not have done it for the money, it must have been for the lift it gave him.

    May 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. AMW


    May 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Delaware Republican

    God Bless Scott McClennan for telling it like it is.

    May 30, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Stunned

    Wow, Dole sure gave it to McClellan. Guess the Viagra is working its magic.

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Who gives a flying swordfish what Bob Dole thinks about anything?
    Whatever one thinks about McClellan and his timing, most of what
    he is saying is perfectly true.
    All the little Bush-yes-men are coming out of the woodwork to condemn the little guy.
    They will all go down in flames in November.

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Brian

    Typical comments from a Repubby. Anyone who does not agree with them they call "miserable creatures"

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. RubMop

    I would ask the Republicans to name ONE THING that is not true in his book. It is more of the common tactic of smearing the messenger and diverting the attention from the truth that is at play here. I can only hope Americans have learned a lesson and can see through the chaff.

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Peter Damoah-Afari

    He can go to hell.........the truth will surely come out.

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. kim portland, oregon

    takes one to know one!!!!

    you repugs were busted, and now you're all whining and attacking the messenger-just what a 5 year old would do!!!!

    in your typical repug fashion, you ATTACK the messenger cuz you know you cant fight against his words-CUZ THEY'RE TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SORE LOSERS!!!!!! your chickens have finally come home to roost!!!!!


    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    If you look up "miserable creature" in the dictionary, the first definition says "See Bob Dole". The second definition says "See Elizabeth Dole." 🙂

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Truth Hurts

    He knew what he will face. But he decided to obey his heart and his ethics...
    He is a brave man and I respect his courage
    Truth sometimes hurt and anger those who did not get used to it
    Sorry Bob

    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. lyn-nj

    Dole is soo soo RIGHT!


    May 30, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Times are changing Bob Dole........and believe me McClellan is not first nor is he the last. When money speaks, the truth remains silent.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Right On BOB

    Good for Bob Dole.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Mark Webb

    Scott McClellan to Bob Dole : YOU TOO! Thank you.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Dan

    Okay, McClellean is a miserable creature and disgruntled, but none of that detracts one iotum from the truth of his too long suppressed critiques of the Bushies. There is a loyalty higher than to this bungling, lying administration, and Scott has finally demonstrated this higher loyalty, namely, to the American citizens. Better late than never, I say.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Larry Kincaid

    Would Dole be happier if McClellan continued to shill for radical right-wing America-haters that have run the country for the past 8 years?

    Better late than never to tell the truth, which we all know to BE the truth. The long list of former loyal Bushies turned deserters is getting even longer...hard to believe.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Dusacre

    Mr. Dole,

    Are you now the champion of integrity and clean politics?
    Don't you know deep down that as a Christian calling any human "miserable creatures” is calling God miserable creator? As you judge so you will be judged. Isn't it written in the gospel?

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. The Misanthrope

    Bob Dole the paragon of integrity sold out his dignity to promote Viagra. The hypocrisy of the right and humans in general never ceases to amaze me.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Soupy

    Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with Dole on this one.

    May 30, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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