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. J.L.

    Kinda expected and most likely just the beginning. Wonder if McClellan will need to turn in his secret Republican decoder ring...

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    OK, old man Dole. you haven't even read the book yet you are spewing hatred.

    i told you republicans eat their young and then wonder why some get angry and bite back....

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Yasriel

    if McClellan is miserable for saying the truth, then I wonder what we should call Dole for trying to surpress the truth....absolutely ridiculus.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Tina in Phoenix, AZ

    I think it's perfectly legitimate for Scott McClellan to have believed what they told him while he was on the Pres' staff and then to later have looked back and changed his mind. It's called hindsight....growth...gaining wisdom through introspection. I think Scott is telling the truth as he now sees it. And as far as "biting the hand that fed you", what incredible arrogance, snobbery, and anti-ethical thinking on the part of Republicans. It has NEVER been acceptable for a person to put loyalty above telling truth to power. Granted it would have looked better had he done it while he was on the staff but he may not have been in possession of the facts that he has now or he may not have had the perspective he has now to see the truth. I say you only get to throw stones at Scott McClellan if you NEVER changed your mind, NEVER looked back and decided that your perception was probably skewed and NEVER felt compelled to right a wrong in which you participated.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Scott is another nail

    I'm glad that hypocritical, double-talking, wait until it is too late to do any good and speak out Scott, is supporting Obama.

    One more nail in the Obama coffin in Nov.

    Write in the one and only qualified, genuine, true leader of the people- Hillary Clinton.

    If all are millions of supporters do so, then she will win.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Sandy

    Mr. Dole and Geraldine need to realize their time has come and gone.

    I think it is fine Mr. McClellan expressed his opinions. Don't go calling him names.

    As Americans, we are smart enough to read and decipher for ourselves and form our own opinions. They can have their opinions, but please be aware no one really cares anymore.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Lisa in GA.

    The only one that is miserable and sad is the REPUBLICAN PUNDITS that has created this fiasco...........Bush, McCain....etc..etc...

    We the people will stand for this no more.....

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. ???

    The first sentence sounds like a Bob Dole statement:
    Bob Dole: "Bob Dole is furious with Scott McClellan's public criticisms of the Bush administration" 🙂

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. JB Cali

    Someone forget to take his meds this morning? Someone please change his depends. Dole is a hater and a loser.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Bandit1

    Too bad what Bob Dole thinks hasn't mattered for a long- long time. The truth is making these people move like a bed of snakes that had acid poured over them.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Anne E.

    As the adage goes, "takes one to know one." 'Nuff said.

    May 30, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. rice, bryan

    another bitter old man in the gop!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Realistic

    Bob Dole must be looking in the mirror again, as he is one of the old Nixon holdover "flag pins are more important than real patriotism" political hacks who was soundly rejected by the nation on his presidential run.

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Paul FL

    McLellan isnt the only insider to come out with criticisms
    of the Bush administration..

    Question is, What made McLellan and many others like him, publically thrash Bush and decisions made by him and his advisors?

    Something is definately up! I wouldnt be one bit surprised if Bush did lie to the U.S. in order to conjure up support for his war!

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Lisa

    It's a shame that Mr. Dole finds Scott McClellan's truth-telling to be self-serving. Mr. McClellan did not get paid as a press secretary to "speak up publicly like a man." He was paid to be the mouthpiece of the administration. He apparently had no reason to question the veracity of what he was asked to say until he recognized that there was preponderance of evidence pointing to lies and fabrications being told by administration members. He DID do the honorable thing when he left his job. After he found that he was spouting untruths to the American public I doubt he could sleep at night. He has done us all a favor by confirming what we have suspected for several years. Thank you, Scott McClellan, for telling the truth.

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Joe PA

    What rock did he crawl out under?

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Mr. Dole–If Mr. McClellan is miserable due to his dealings with the Bush Administration, imagine how the rest of us feel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    It is when the Republicans start to get this upset, that I think this book is really on to something. If the book is nothing more than his 15 minutes of fame, why are GOP members going to extreme lengths to discredit not only the book, but Scott McClellan himself? I think if the book was full of flat out lies, the GOP would just brush it off, not talk about how he's a "miserable creature" and an "ingrate!" That's just going a little overboard. I am going to read it and judge for myself.

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. RH

    Who has any doubt that the Bush administration has been crooked, corrupt, and deliberately dishonest all along? The Republicans are just upset that McClellan has timed this to hurt them in the election, which was a very shrewd move. Why blow your wad to inflict an inconsequential fleshwound when you can bide your time for the kill shot? McClellan DID quit, didn't he, Dole?

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. NoMdSame

    CNN Bob Dole opened the gates for name calling so this is what I have been wanting to tell him for a long time.


    Thanks for letting me get that out, now I feel better. How can one call a man names for telling the truth. Is that the way we are supposed to treat people for coming forth. Do we call them a SNITCH and other names for doing what is right. Bob Dole has the same ethics as John Gotti.

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. another liar for Obama

    Scott is a miserable two-faced, double-talking hypocrit.

    And... he now supports Obama.

    Obama is the candidate of choice for hateful, deceitful, flip-flopping liars.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Gee Dole, that's just what I thought about you and your repub cronies. I seriously don't know how any enlightened person could ever in clear conscience vote republican and certainly not for McWar

    May 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Sharon Douglas

    What would u rather have, a man who lies for friendship or a man who tells the truth to save the country. I am going in door #2. Therefore, Mr. Dole you are the weasel.


    May 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Cammi317

    The nerve of him daring to tell the truth! LOL. Give me a break.

    May 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. jenny

    Hooray for you Bob Dole! Somebody with the 'chutzpah' for a change to speak out TRUTHFULLY!

    May 30, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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