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. I agree with Dole

    The miserable, double-talking, belatedly truth telling Scott should have stood up and said something when it mattered.

    Truth is, Scotty chose Bush, and now he is choosing Obama.

    He is obviously a poor judge of presidential material- or... he want to write another tell-all book in 5 years.

    May 30, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. What choice do we have?

    It's sad... What choice do we have now? Confirmative action president or one more republican (big corps) term? No more decent people left in America?

    May 30, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Michael

    Oh get over it Bob Dole, you are just hacked off because your buddy Bush got his butt handed to him over the Iraq war. Most if not all Americans knew Bush was lying about the war to begin with, the silly, sorry you know what should be impeached. They will impeach a sitting President for lying about sex but not for lying about the reasons to go to war. This should show everyone what Clinton or Obama is in for should one of them get elected, sad isn’t it.

    May 30, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Dina

    I like the comment that the American people paid McClellan's salary, not Bush. Wish more Republicans would remember that. But McClellan was a wimp not to take a stand back when he was spewing what was even then, such obvious lies. If more prominent people had stood up, and if more average Americans had stood up– we wouldn't be in the mess we are now.

    May 30, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Shut up, Dole. You're bashing the messenger because you know you can't bash the message.

    You and the whole Republican Machine are corrupt, and you know it. You're just ticked off that more evidence of this is now in the open. You're not fooling anyone.

    May 30, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Allan

    Moderators, I am confused.

    You are allowing comments to be posted to this story which have nothing to do with the content of the story but instead bash Obama and praise Hillary.

    Meanwhile, I provided a good, and relevant, response to your Geraldine Ferraro story but you chose not to approve it.

    I think we have a Clintonista under deep cover at

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Big Tex

    Okay, if anyone said that Scott is a greedy little Republican, please raise your hands.... Oh my bad, Bob, I forgot you can't.....

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. JohnLee

    Bob Dole – VP for 2008 McCain?

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. MizuInOz

    Reality is that McCellan was writing this book for quite a while. Are people, including Bob Dole, really so delusional to think that he just wrote this publication. It has been delayed several times.

    Why is it so difficult to believe that Scott was caught up in the process and when finally disillusioned, did resign. Which he did.

    Obviously the White House – The President, Vice-President and all the staff are squeaky clean. All made of the same teflon that Monica's ex-boyfriend is made of. These are the people who lied about Iraq, who have been accused as the most secretive administration since Nixon and you are throwing mud at the messenger? Lisa (12:38), you are so spot on!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. R1100RT in VA

    Thank goodness Dole never became president! He's always been a partisan, low-blow hatchet-man and his temper is almost as scary as McCain's!

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. matt

    I have to quibble with Dole and other members of the Republican part on this one. McClellan's publisher is notorious for giving unusually low advances. There's a story in by an author on the same publisher, and they confirmed this. Essentially, McClellan's advance was below 100,000. That's not enough to legitimize the claim that this is powered by greed.

    I also have to ask McClellan why he didn't quit in protest. Ford's Press Secretary did so after the Nixon pardon.

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. one nation under god!!!!

    1 minute to midnight cinderella.The liberal media cant save you now Obama.hell even the moderates in the dem party a.k.a clinton supporters will go repuiblican.Iknow all you obama supporters will be so upset when he goes down hard but when your all growd up youll thank us republicans and moderate dems.

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

    There isn't a "write in" option anymore idiot.

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Frank

    I'm sooooooo glad I'm Canadian. We elect our politicians in a couple of months. You guys run with all this dribble for nearly two years and get stuck with a moron like Bush. You must be getting tired of it all.
    And meanwhile good men and women are dying overseas for not good reason.
    We're hoping for change south of the border.
    Got to go...the fish are biting

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. New Day

    Dole for Pineapple '08!!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Darren M.

    Geriatric Old Party=GOP

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. hypocrits all

    Bob, not only is Scotty a miserable creature, speaking out belatedly just for money, but he now supports Obama.

    Scotty was for Bush and now he is for Obama.

    Scott is SO good at picking presidential material.

    Write in Hill for a Nov win.

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Jason

    Dole is still alive?

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Rick in Oregon

    Notice that none of the people that are criticizing him never say that he is lying. They are trotting out all the same talking points that they do ANYTIME someone that was in the know, write a book telling us the truth.

    May 30, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Erik S.

    I find it sad that most of the people posting on her care more about "their" party more than they care about what happens to America, what's wrong with you people?

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Dave C - NJ

    McClellan was never in a position to "speak out" while he was with Bush.

    Bush is a JOKE and Scott has the balls to call him out on it.

    Grow up you GOP slugs.

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Lorna, NY

    Dole needs to keep his mouth shut!

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. another irony

    And... the hypocritical Scott is now for Obama.
    Nuff said.

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Yes....he is cashing in.....and he is prob. a snake.....but he's also stating things that I want to see come out. C'mon....We ALL know this administration is as crooked as the Mafia. We just never come out and say such a thing. CONGRATS DEMS for OBAMA and for the slapping the Bush administration are's far far far due....and more will come. Don't make it easy for them to leave...make them all feel very uncorftable and don't alow them to return to normal live again for how they have run this country.

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

    McClellan (gutless wet noodle) or Olberman (Smarmy annoying prig) for Obama's press secretary?? Won't matter, Hillary and OB are playing for 2nd & 3rd place.

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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