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. nitro

    What in the world is wrong with Geraldine Ferraro. There is no such person as a Reagan democrat. If you voted for Ronald Reagan and you were a democrat that only makes you a confused republican. Sorry to get off track.

    May 30, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. $ talks

    Truth for money.

    Scott was for Bush and now is for Obama.

    Many he wants material for another money-making book in 5 years.

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Richard Nixon

    Scott McClellan...The new John Dean!

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Mark

    At least he realized his mistakes and had the gut to let the public know the truth behind the Bush Administration's atrocities throughout the world.

    I'm not sure whether he could change anything by resigning the post which he eventually did. He certainly was not a policy make rather a policy seller.

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Jennifer in Minneapolis

    After reading some of these comments, I'm pretty convinced that HRC supporters are not Democrats, but Republicans. Why else would they use the Scott McClellan story as an opportunity to beat up on Obama – who has absolutely nothing to do with this? Write-in all you want, but know that you'll be responsible for dealing with another four years of Republican lies and probably a war in Iran. It's just irresponsible.

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Reality


    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. BOBBY!!!!!

    Cripes!!! Might as well ask Bob Hope!

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. I have a goldfish

    McClellan is a miserable creature! How could he betray all of us and the administration like this?!? What a coward to come out now with all these things, just to make a buck. He is a disgrace to our party and to our country!

    McCain-Ferraro '08

    May 30, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    omg these blogs...
    i have to laugh and fall off my ch air..

    i mean they are some of them mean but true.. like
    "what rock did he crawl out under?"
    and for the lcrazy ferraro...

    "turkey necks.." "did she forget her medicine,"

    I mean that is true, they : clintons, mcbushes, ferraro, and dole, and a few others.. are they so afraid they are 100 year old or what,

    I respect my elders, but these bunch, makes us in the 40s, look like babys.. they act worse than a person with dementia, speech, bipolar and multiple disorders, but worse is their hate and their unwillingness to accept age has caught with them, and accept it gratefully, (all odl politicians, caught in the dark ages.)
    they are so angry the rest of the us are choosing for others who can see beyond their mistakes...

    and their age...

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. matt

    Dear CNN

    The first comment on this thread is about McCain and Veteran's ire towards McCain's vote on the GI Bill. This article is about Scott McClellan and Bob Dole. Why can't you force your moderators to stay on topic. It's not like there aren't six thousand stories about McCain, Veterans, the Iraq War, Barack Obama and Congress on the politics page alone.

    Also can the people who comment in all-caps be banned? It's f-- annoying.

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Mecry Me

    How is it that Obama talks about hope and change and draws such vehement hatred from people? Why do you hate this guy so much? What's at the root of your dislike? What exactly has he done to deserve this negative backlash when he's been so positive? Is it that he's beaten your candidate? Or are you mad that Hillary beat herself? Is it that a black man had the audacity to win? Why are you stuck on the petty issues of race and sex? What's sad is that the negativity and division actually reflects the negativity and division of much of the country. Obama '08!

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. NickNas

    LOLOLOL Don't these GOP Cretins know that the more they Whine the more we all KNOW it is all TRUE???

    Just like Micheal Moores Movie Farenheit 911 they cried and cried all day
    BUT They NEVER said it was lies and you didn't see ONE lawsuit for Liable or Slander. NONE of these crybabies is calling him a LIAR LOL Just CRYING!!!

    It is ALL true and they all can twist in the wind and reap what they sowed.

    FINALLY!!! I am SOOOOO Loving this!!!

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

    Bob dole what hole did you crawl out of, back from the dead i see the pot calling the kettle black how hyprocritical. Every one knows the bush admininstration did not have just cause to invade iraq. Mcclellan was wrong for not exposing what he knew sooner, every of one them should be brought up on war crime ,and serve year upon years in prison.

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. see scott's picks

    Scott only spoke out too late and when there was money to be made and no political risk.

    This man misread Bush and he now supports Obama.

    What does that tell you?

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. olorinstaff

    looks like the bush destroy your enemies machine got to Bob Dole. To quick to trash a book he never plans on reading
    Makes me wonder how many bills he acctualy read before voting on them

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. John H, Los Angeles

    "I'm Bob Dole, and Bob Dole would never read such a thing" Another shoot the messenger criticising the Commander in Chief. McClellan's motives may be a little suspect, but he has the right to do it. I think Americans really need to look at how Republicans are becoming more fascist like if anyone dares criticizes the government.

    May 30, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Tim in NC

    You know, maybe if this was the first book to come out from a former Bush-insider to blast the Bush administration, maybe I'd have some doubts about its credibility...

    Since its the... 6th, 7th to come out singing the same song, Dole can take his criticisms and shove them up his ancient, arthritic arse!

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Roger

    How ironic! I have thinking the same thing about Bush for almost 8 years!

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Rene D, Bel Air, MD

    Get off it, Dole. Why in heck didn't YOU and yours speak up, when you had so many chances AND the cover of the Senate.

    We should all be grateful for these whistle-blowers. There is nothing to be ashamed of here, except maybe that he should have been more aware of the outrageous, unacceptable level of games-playing by Rove, Cheney, Libby....I could clearly understand why it all seemed too unbelievable at the time, to even consider that our highest office in the land could be in any way corrupt, run by a gang of thugs.

    Thank you, Mr. McClelland, from a sane America.

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Terry

    apparently this mcclellan is a democrat in his nasty heart of hearts.

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Sarge in Florida


    Come on give me a break. This is the good ole' USA...I will screw you before you screw me. Look what happened to Valeri when her husband spoke out against Cheney and Bush with their LIES. Money makes the world go around...

    May 30th, 2008 12:31 pm ET

    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.

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Kathy

    KUDOS to Bob Dole! I think his email sums up McClellan very nicely!

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Tolga

    Why McClellan did not stood up then and not resigned are irrelevant. Why we were misguided into a war is the issue. I wish Dole was honest enough to comment about it instead of calling him a "creature".

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. skunkrat The Marine

    Well, Well, Well, Bob, I didn't know that the truth would make you so upset. You knew what was happening and you didn't speak up, so what the problem. You are on the attack because Scott had a sudden attack of conscious. I know its rare among rare among you PUBLICANC, but it dose happen.
    It really bother you people that someone exposed that ling, drunkard, dope head little coward and his band of CRIMINALS.
    FLASH: 71% of the American public already knew this, so relax and come to the realization that America knows all about you and your dirty little party.

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Ross in MD

    Funny how Dole criticizes McClellan as if he is violating the GOP's (undoubtedly) high standards of integrity and honesty.

    Yes, the party of Abramoff, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and now McCain has no room for the likes of Scott McClellan.

    May 30, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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