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. Lemmiwinks

    I think someone *really* struck a nerve within certain DC circles...

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Mark M Kansas City

    It must be scary for you Mr. Dole, the fact that someone in politics could possibly air the dirty laundry of a corrupt administration must have shaken you and all Republican and most Democrats to the core.

    If you took your duty and service to your country as a responsibility and a trust handed to you by the public, you would not feel as though you have something to hide. You criticize and then render your opinion baseless by acknowledging you have not and will not read the book.

    Somewhere Geraldine Ferraro is looking for you, maybe the 2 of you can run on a AARP ticket.

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. MTW

    Interesting, if Bob Dole had exhibited such spunk back in '96, I might have voted for him!

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Rob

    And here is where the hateful obamaphiles call Bob Dole names and say stuff about him being old, etc, blah, blah, blah...

    You kids really need to find a new schtick when going into knee jerk attack mode.

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama


    The republicans are shaking in their F-ing boots!!

    You guys don't stand a snowballs chance in hell this year!

    May 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Nia

    off topic...where the heck has he been hiding?!
    On topic...any and everyone still has yet to denounce anythig that has been said in the book. They've onlybeen attacking him personaly, which leaves me to belive that maybe what some of the less known yet still shocking things hold some truth.

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Scott ATL

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit...

    I find it funny that the Bush cronies can say everything about Scott Mcclellan EXCEPT that he is lying?????

    Stick it in your pie hole, Dole... You're the weakest link...Goo bye!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Boy this guy stirred up a stink.What about all this name calling?

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. PJ

    There are many of these "miserable creatures".
    Richardson, McClellan are good examples of Judas-like behaviour.

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Marie-Lynn

    Not surprising at all from a republicain, He didn't read the book,so are you scared to discover what you allready knew, and never tell

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. ZUKIE

    He's doing the same thing as he speaks!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. noemi of reason

    No, it's not the "liberal anti-Bush press"-it's the anti-Bush America, period!

    Democrats United.

    May 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Big Dee

    Man, it must me something in the air! The older generation of politicians are coming out strong this week. Bob and Geraldine...gotta love em!

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Val

    Great e-mail, Mr. Dole. My thoughts exactly. Shame on McClellan and I am disgusted with him for not standing up like a man when he had his "high profile job".

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. SJG

    OMG-EVERYONE wants 15 minutes in this campaign. Is that a dye job?

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Raoul

    I like how Bob Dole has so many opinions on the book without ever planning to read it. There's a solid decision-making process.

    Yes Bob Dole, even some Republicans have a conscience.

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Donnie

    well bob, I can see your still stuck on bush... keep your legs tight cause condee is looking for another a hole to climb up in!

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Tom

    Well said Senator Dole – A shame the weasel will make lots of $$

    May 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. enomisa

    In this three ring circus of an election year, only one candidate has what it takes to lead.

    The media has bashed and trashed her. The DNC and the party elites have disrespected and abused her.

    The Obama people hatefully attack her. They won't tolerate any comment on race, but continually post denigrating sexist insults about HRC.

    Still- with all the viscious attacks- Hillary has a full 50% of the voters needed for a win in Nov.

    With all the advantages Obama has been given, this should scare the democrats.

    After 35 years of voting democratic, this year I leave the party.

    I will write in the name of the true leader- HRC- and Scott's support of Obama only confirms my decision.

    Scott is just the typical flip-flopping Obama hypocritical follower.

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Dee Okla.

    Why are the republican so mad?

    Maybe because the truth hurts?

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. David Goldman for OBAMA




    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Mary

    McClellan was just telling the truth and the truth hurts. End of the story.

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Bob Dole, you disapoint me.
    I guess we should just let Bush get away with everything.
    Just turn our heads away?
    And to think I once respected you.

    How can people still call themeselves Republicans after this 8 year fiasko.

    And even consider voting for McCain?

    Are you crazy?

    Its just sad.

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Kc

    Nice, Bob Dole, a man of keen words. I love it. Maybe he should be John McCain's running mate.

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. johnny reb

    Don't sugar-coat it Bob; tell us how you really feel.

    May 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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