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. DaveB

    I suspect Barnes & Noble will eventually have an entire section dedicated to the Bush Presidency and not one will be welcome in the GW Bush Library.

    May 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga


    May 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Noneya

    Bet he just wishes his arm worked and he could get his junk to work again.

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. atypical white person

    . . and all the "king's" horses and all the "king's" men couldn't put Humpty together again.

    SOmetimes it's good for things to fall apart. Gives us a chance to start anew in a different direction.

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. slow to learn

    If it took Scotty this long to see the truth about Bush and to speak out- too little, too late, and can do no good at this late date- how long before Scott can discern the truth about the liar Obama?

    Scott voted for Bush... I did not...twice... so who is the better judge of presidential material?

    Write in HRC if Obama steals the nomination.

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Really?

    So, his loyalty should be to the party and not the country or the truth or what is right? Nice values Bob!

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Steve

    While I can definately see Bob Dole's point of view, and agree that it would have been more honorable to speak up at the time, I think that McClellan did the right thing by speaking out. It is better to tell the truth years after lying, than to never tell it at all. That is a great part of why our nation is in so much trouble right now. Republicans believe that loyalty to fellow Republicans is more important than loyalty to the truth. That kind of loyalty our country can do without!
    I do agree with Dole that McClellan should donate the proceeds of this book to something if he really did write it with the purpose of living up to his Christian principles. People shouldn't get paid for going to the confessional to clear their conscience.

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Bill Stearns

    What a joke this is turning out to be. Who's going to write the next book – Laura Bush? This president is going out with his pants down and with even less dignity that when Nixon slithered off into the sunset.

    The truth of the matter is that there is simply no one outside of your average disconnected-from-reality, frothing-at-the-mouth right-wingnut (i.e. your typcial Rush Limbaugh or Weekly Standard fan) who sides with this disgrace of an administration any longer. There is no "there" there as far as even a shred of credibility goes.

    Attack the messenger – that's all the neonuts have been able to do for years now. Oh yeah, and fight the good fight against donut companies that "support" terrorism. Woohoo!

    -Proud to be an American.

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. doc

    Jesus Bob, I had to read this article twice. Just to make sure you were talking about S.M. instead of George Bush. Your peoples blind faith in this administration has lead to the current sad state of this country. Lets not question weather his statments are factual lets just attack him. this is why we need to "CHANGE" Washington.

    May 30, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Spoken like a REAL republican

    So... Bob Dole has no intention of reading McClellan's "exposé" because he didn't have the guts to speak up earlier? For a man in his 80s, Dole argues with the petulance of a fifth grader.

    Mr. Dole, what difference does it make? No one is arguing that McClellan isn't a gutless snake, but can't we all benefit from the knowledge he is offering? Whether you believe it or not, whether you agree with it or not, how can it possibly hurt you or anyone else by just taking a look at it? It is what it is, the inferences you make from it AFTER reading it, is your opinion. Inferences you make BEFORE reading it is nothing short of just plain ignorance.

    May 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. harold

    Its an Honor to add a comment on this ole man Dole who I thought was outa it long ago.. But he has been selected as the hit man in the Mcclellen case...notice how he sidesteped every issue about the War... Of course he did... As a hit man you know all the tricks...Dole is a governemnt operator completely...he knows how to get down dirty... He thinks so highly of himself.. I imagaine God is going to be honored to be in the presence of Dole when he sees him soon..... What a creep Dole is ... out for his ego again... Dye your hair something else dude...

    May 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. M.R.

    The thing is, if McClellan did "have the guts to speak up" and in the middle of a press conference announced he was resigning because he refused to sputter the lies of the delusional president any more, all these same party-line hacks would still be trashing him and the truth he speaks. McClellan's courage may not have been punctual, but at least he has the courage to denounce this fraudulent administration which is something the morally bankrupt Greedy Old Perverts of the GOP seem unwilling to do.

    May 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Diggy Zazz

    They're showing reruns of Matlock on cable, Bob. Why don't you set down with a can of Ensure and some hard candy and enjoy the show.

    May 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Temper temper temper, Bob... now, do you feel better? and you haven't even read the book? sigh....
    (sad, that people think they can say anything that's on their minds in an email. ... we see this lack of manners in all aspects of our lives, these days. ) as for the others bad mouthing Scott who have already appeared on television, as Shakespear said, "me'thinks they doth protest too much" Republicans just can't stand being on the wrong side of an issue.... and what was that about VALUES ???? 🙁 mary from sarasota, fl

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Nancy

    I am so ashamed of this administration!!. From the top (president) to the lowest ranks and everyone in between. This primary year has been conducted like a circus. The good are being attacked and the bad are being lauded. Is it any wonder the world looks at us as a bunch of idiots. Obama is the only bright spot in this whole fiasco. Bring it on and make America strong again. Can we please vote all of congress, senate, judges and media now in power.

    Thank you Obama for running in this primary. You are a life and country saver.

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Grant

    I'm kinda surprised Dole is backing Bush so much on this. McKellan's job is spinning the presidential agenda, regardless of his personal feelings. The counter response from Dole and others is purposefully simplistic – "doesn't have the guts" or "should have said something". Yeah, and we all have seen how responsive the ever flexible Bush Administration is to the ideas of others. McKellan's claims are more logs on the fire of the most inept and shameful president in history.

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Anony-mouse

    I note how, instead of focusing on whether the allegations are true or not, the Republicans simply 'shoot the messenger'. Hasn't this been the MO of this party for the past 10 years or more? Will the American public fall for the distraction? I think they will, sadly enough...

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. scot is for Obama now

    Scott is now for Obama.

    Great, another slow to see, poor judge of character, easy to fall for hype voter for the demagogue, Obama.

    Steer clear of miserable, double-talking, hypocritical Scot's choice for president.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. jsm63

    Granted, Scott McClellan should have come out earlier, but it is Bob Dole, despite his many honorable years of service to his country, that is showing a lack of courage and character. Sen. Dole is trying to be the good "party man," supporting its leadership and direction unconditionally – it is unfortunate that supporting his party and the country have become mutually exclusive. I have been Republican most of my life, but will be voting Democratic in November because the Republican party at large has degenerated into a corrupt, self-serviing, war-mongering, incompetent entity seemingly bent on running our country into the ground. Regardless on one's ideology, the U.S. as a whole is materially worse off than it was eight years ago by almost every conceivable measure (the exception being financial gain for those in the top couple percent in terms of wealth), and are on many future paths both domestically and internationally that will lead to further U.S. decline in influence and capability.

    Sen. Dole would be much better off spending his energies calling the "miserable creatures" that are the current Republican leadership on the carpet for the disservice that have done this country – the one they all swore they would unswervingly serve.

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Larry Jordan

    Typical Bob Dole...criticizing a book he will never read and an author he sees as disloyal. Of course "loyalty " to BD is not what it is to normal people under the age of 100! Dole, don't forget was the only human being we saw (and disgustingly heard) sobbing at Richard Nixon's funeral, and that includes Nixon's entire family.
    Also keep in mind how Dole gave Newt Gingrich ( that's GAVE) a million bucks to pay fines for unethical behavior and retired from the Senate a very rich man, having come there with little more than the shirt on his back.
    It's either egregious hypocrisy or the hair dye has finally reached Dole's brain!

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Rick in California

    I hear all these names being spewed at McClellan. I don't hear one name though. Liar. I wonder why that is?

    May 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. JJ

    Is it me or is it that all the people who are against Scott are just calling him names and not coming out to say there is no truth to wha he' s saying? Did I miss something??

    I think it's hilarious that no one is not sayiing there is no truth to this book. Look, stop calling the man out and talk about whether there is or isn't any validity to what is being told.

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Sam7

    Since Bob Dole is furious, Mr. McClellan must be telling the truth...

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

    What if his book is the truth? Who cres if he makes money on it? Who cares if he didn't blow the whistle? How many politicians and those around them do anyway. The way the Bush Administration was treating and is still treating people, no wonder he kept his mouth shut.

    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Sarge in Florida


    May 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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