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. True to hill

    I guess Scott is now rooting for another unqualified, smooth-talking liar.

    This man was for Bush ( I did not vote for Bush twice) and he is now for Obama.

    Anyone see the pattern of not being able to determine someone's true character until it is too late?

    I see Obama as the black Bush- cocky, arrogant, boastful, all talk, no experience, manipulative, rides on the persona rather than on substance.

    May 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Scott ATL

    Me thinks thou doust protest tooooooo much... They've had every one of their talking heads on every talkshow known to man... All trying to discredit Scott

    Even Tony Blair went on the Today show Seems like someone is really scare that people may start taking these allegations seriously and start following the money trail...hmmmm...

    May 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Amy

    Go take your Viagra old man.
    Scott McClenna is a decent man

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. nobama

    YEAH! You go, DOLE! You got the guts to tell it like it is!

    Regarding your past article, CNN: Ferraro is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT in her remarks. Obama's supporters always scream "racism" everytime anyone questions Obama as a suitable candidate for the highest position in the US. There is NOTHING special about Obama. He is extremely arrogant, inexperienced, he's a hypocrite and a traitor, and oh yeah, also a sexist. I can only imagine the uproar if it would been MacCain the one to call a female reporter "sweetie" like Obama did. How can I vote for someone that ditched his Pastor/mentor/spiritual adviser/friend just to get more votes??? How can anybody trust such a hypocrite? Although I do not agree with Reverend Wright's views, I feel sorry for him for being so humilitated and discarded by Obama simply to get more votes. It is so apparent that the only reason Obama has gotten this far is because he is black . Obama has gotten almost ALL of the African-American vote. If that is not blatant racism , I don't know what is. His supporters treat him as he were their long-awaited Messiah. And his speeches? Oh please: Blah, Blah, Blah, change, blah blah, change, blah, change, blah, blah BLAH... I am so sick of the word "change"!!!!!!!! Well, Obama supporters, "change" is NOT necessarily a good thing. Obama has the huge potential to "change" this country's dire situation from bad to worse. I, along with MILLIONS of voters do not trust Obama and WILL NOT VOTE FOR HIM.

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Joe

    I agree with Bob Dole. It seems like McClellan is trying to cash in when he should have stood up for what he thought was wrong years ago.

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Rose

    He didn't write the book for you to read. He wrote the book for those who CARE for the country and want to bring properity and it, and obviously you're not one of such people....

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Rebecca

    Everyone knows that the things in his book are true. Republicans can't stick together to the point where they are denying what everyone else knows.

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Franky

    You(Bob) may not be happy with McClellan but I'm not happy with your peeps.....I have strong feeling towards you guys(Reps).......don't even get me started...

    May 30, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Harrison

    Wow. Seems to have hit a nerve. Might the allegations be true?

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Darrell J

    I really don't care what Bob Doyle has to say about this. McCellen came out and spoke the truth. If he had done so during his time in this administration, all the repugs would have had plenty of time to chew him up and spit him out.

    Good job Scottie!

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. seoul

    Hallo Bob, you better read that book, although it is hard to understand the truth. But the admins under Gerge W., with your personal blessing and your god friend Dick, have betreyed the law of the USA in a way, nobody else in the world would believe. That is the fact which makes it essential to no the hard and unbelievable truth comming out of the White / Toll / House.
    I am sure, that for the next 20 years, vou Reps will be banned from stepping in the White House and or any kind of admin in Wash DC.

    Thank you very much for choosing a McCain hero OPA (grandfather) who can handle guns and pistols or cannons, but has no idea of economy or finacial problems.
    Pistols and guns expirience though, we do not need essentially, the other one are more needed, desperatedly.

    Thank you McClellen, and god bless you Bobby.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. American Joe

    Bob, with all respect, shut up! You are describing yourself, we didn't see you come to challenge this adminstration ever, so stop telling other people what's right or wrong. You don't have the courage to do what's right by publicly address what you believe, shame on you and go home please.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    The democratic party rules are as of now outdated. A precedent has been set by the 48 states primary, a first. Rules are not carved in stone. Dems.overrule your rules and get on with democracy..a revote in Michigan and Florida. The supreme rules are with the voters..the right to vote in a democracy...don't settle for less.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Scott


    But he has a point, the timing of these comments coming after he quit his nice comfortable & powerful job reveal some pretty poor motives.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. goofus

    Is Dole still alive? I thought he died years ago.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. MrManhattan

    Loyalty to a fellow Republicans trumps the truth and the public trust.

    Thanks for setting us straight, Bob.

    May 30, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. True Democrat.

    Scott is just another liar for Obama.

    Took him years to discern Bush's true character.

    Now he is misreading Obama as a good guy.

    Vote the opposite of this hypocrit.

    Write in Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    Obama is poison- just like smooth-talking, cocky, swaggering, lying, but nice pesonality Bush was.

    I did not vote for Bush and I am proud to say I will not vote for Obama.

    Another lifelong democrat leaves the fan club.

    May 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Nelya

    I agree!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. W

    Bob Dole says........

    I supported you in your last the time I thought I just wasted my I realize what a mistake I had made, how can you sit back and talk like you support Bush. These are all things we generally allready knew about the administration and now they are a little more confrimed. Get over it Bush and his CROYNIES have ruined your party and the country as a whole. Its time for the propole to have there say once again and we will when take back the country from your FAILED conservative ways!!!

    Ithink I'll go hug a tree now!!!

    May 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. AJ, IL

    What is this CNN? A blast from the "political" past? You've got Dole and Ferraro tickers on here. They are both meaningless in this year of change!

    May 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Andrew in MD

    It's a shame that the spin machine from the Republicans may actually get some this hate-speech out to the public. I fear that a good number of folks will believe him that McCllelan was only in it for the money. Personally, if I were in the inner cirlce and saw problems with the most powerful individuals in the world, I'd be reluctant to step up and say "They're lying!" Why? It's not out of the realm of possibility that his life would be ruined beyond just his career. I hope that his book does some good for changing our country's political, social and economic direction. Obama '08.

    May 30, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Penelope

    But, look at those attorneys the Whitehouse fired because they were not um, how did the Whitehouse say it, "Loyal Bushies?" Seems anyone who publicly disagreed with the administration got fired. So, I guess Mr. McClellan would have rather gone out on his on accord rather than fired because he spoke up. I applaud him for doing so, because the criticism he is facing now is just as bad. But here is the bigger question...Why isn't anyone denying Mr. McClellan's account. Why isn't anyone saying that his book is filled with lies? Interesting that no one seems to be saying what McClellan wrote is not true. They are only attacking the messenger, and that my friends, speaks volumes about this administration.

    May 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. jaison Biagini

    mcclellan, is a greedy opportunist. i absolutely believe what he is saying, i have long before he said it. butt if what he is saying was true them he had a moral obligation to tell people what was happening back when he know. saying this crap now is just plain money grubbing. bush made nave done bad things, but you are just as guilty with yyour silence.

    May 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Ryan

    I think it is amusing how badly Republicans take it when they get ratted out. They are pulling out every high profile Republican to talk about how horrible a person McClellan must be for exposing how horrible of a president Bush has been.

    May 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. don't trust Scott's choices for prez

    Scott miserably misread Bush.

    Now we should trust this hypocritical liar to choose the right candidate, Obama?

    Obama is Bush in black skin- smooth, cocky, arrogant, swaggering, adept at lying, the big pretender.

    May 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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