May 30th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Dole to McClellan: You're a 'miserable creature'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dole is not happy with McClellan."]

(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. B from C

    The truth hurts, doesn't it?

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Jack Walden

    I guess for Dole, Viagra stiffens republican rants more than what the drug is supposed to be taken for.

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    All the republicans are of course going to discount what McClelland says, but I admire him for speaking up, and their is no time like the present. Scott has shown courage and has only written about everything we already knew about what has been going on in the white house. He just confirmed everything we all have known. The greed and corruption in our current administration has been a frustration for alot of people including those people that have served in the administration and have left it. Id love to see them all step up to the plate and be honest about what has been going on, and would love to see all those people that have been forced out, come out and back up Scott's writings. Good Job Scott.

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Joe, Ottawa, Canada

    McClellan's critics (Dole included) exhibit behaviour which speaks to everything that is wrong with politics. Be loyal to the hand that feeds you, rather than taking the higher ground. Crooked politicians hate the thought that loyalty goes only so far.

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. MD

    Let's make it clear: I do not like George Bush. Even as Republican I did not vote for him.

    Now, having said that, I totally agree with Dole.

    I hope McClellan DOES NOT "endorse" Obama. That would be bad for him. If he does, Obama MUST REJECT THE ENDORSEMENT.

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Don't block this message CNN

    Where's is logic...The democratic party rules are as of now outdated. A precednet has been set by the 48 state primary. Rules are not carved in stone. DEms,overrule your rules and get on with Revotes you kknow where. M and F

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. bad judge of charecter

    Scott chose Bush for president.

    Now he supports Obama.

    Enough said about this miserable tow-faced hypocrit.

    May 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Haris Siddiqui

    I'm outraged at all these miserable creatures who are lashing out at McClellan. I haven't Finished reading the book yet, and nothing seems too impressive abt the book. But i do feel that McClellan did the right thing by expressing what he felt us American should know. This is not just abt his freedom to express him self, but rather abt what we as American should have known a long time ago. I'd be more then happy to see a rebuttal coming out from these Fear mongers but after all what can you expect from an administration that has gained nothing but failure & given us 4 THOUSAND Caskets of Young Men’s & women, wrapped in American Flag, who were to shape the future of this country. In addition delivered Democracy to Iraqi in the Form of 1,000,000 Deaths.

    I might not agree with him but for Christ sake the last person i want to see speaking out against him is the Bush Administration, an Administration that was & is spurred on by greed.

    This is preciously why I'm rooting for Change (Obama) 08

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Yeah, people never have a change of heart or "see the error of their ways".

    Shut up, Dole.

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. reader-of-many-sources

    At least he is coming forward now. That takes a fair amount of courage . . . to speak out at all against the most powerful people on the planet. Imagine if they found out before he published. He had to be worried about taking a bullet in the back of the head.

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Kathy

    Bob Dole is irrelevant! Has the Alzheimer's kicked in already????

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Greg Cox, Sun City West, AZ

    Gee, Bob, shouldn't you "stick" to erectile dysfunction ads; you actually have some credibility there. Your ilk fall into step with the Ferrara ilk...washed up poliitical hacks. The new voters of today...most of them young but a few past 60 like myself...easily see through your trough fed by the Republican spin for your entire lives. That trough has blinded you and others like you to what is really important...truth. And, the truth is, the present administration has zero credibility with these "new" voters. Oh, before I forget, McCain is looking for a VP running mate. You're one of the old boys so, hop aboard.

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Carlos Muina

    Kudos to Bob Dole, a man of integrity!

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. one nation under god!!!!

    Yeah Bobby tell him like it is.Obama is feeling the landslide thats comming,thats why he paid this scumbag to lie.Thank god the american people see through this conspiracy by the liberal facist media.Enjoy your 15 minutes obama.


    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Why the hell does Dole come out every 4 years? He is like a cicada tree roach. Just go away and eat your own feces.

    Obama is the onliest candidate that will put this country back in order. He may not have a lot of Presidential experience. But who does? I don't want a old senile warmonger/McSHAME runnings things around here. Nor do I want a crybaby/Hill Billie either.

    Obama's potential is incredible. He has experience running the political game the right way, his people behind the scenes are great too. He is smart and I bet he will improve our foreign relations with those who hate us around the world. No other candidate will do this. Especially not McShame.

    If Hillary runs independent. She will split the vote and McSenile will win. Shame on Hillary. God help us all!

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. nail Obama

    Dems are in a jam.

    And with the support of Scott, just nailed another nail in the Obama coffin.

    May 30, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Kenneth M


    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like that Bob Dole felt the need to be angry because someone told Bob Dole to be angry. Bob Dole feels the need to support the president because the president is a Republican despite having little in common with the conservative-want-to-be (Bush, not Dole).

    If Bob Dole refuses to read the book, I don't know why we should take his point of view with any seriousness. There is a need for those that were in an organization (like the White House) to take time to reflect on what went on then. I just wonder if there would be enough time for the loyalists to the G.W. Bush presidency to allow any kind of critizism. I wonder if McClellan would have really been able to bring up any objection; mob mentality anyone?

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Ralph

    If I were a Republican, who belived in his party before everything else, I would agree, but I am neither.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Who-cares

    Who cares what Bob Dole thinks?

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Michael

    Yep, won't be long now and Cheney will be taking Scott out quail hunting.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Shawna

    Get over it, this is not the first time that a clinton aide has stated they disagreed with bush and his administration, include Colin Powell. The administration and republicans are upset because Mcclellan caught them off guard, just like every other event that has occurred during the past eight years, Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Iran, and a host of scandals. This administration has a lot of disgruntaled employees, including thousands of troops stationed in Iraq.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Mike, NY

    Way to go McClellan--you;ve reached the American dream-climb to the top of the financial ladder and trample everyone on the way up-
    however, remember, you will meet these same people on the way down.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. too funny

    Miserable creatures loved Bush, and now they love Obama.

    Nuff said!

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Paul

    Where is Mr. Dole's condemnation of the Administration?

    Clearly Mr. Bush's transgressions are the greater of two evils here. Why shoot the messenger?

    Let's try to keep our eye on the ball, folks.

    May 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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