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DNC Uses McClellan in Anti-McCain Spot

Updated 6:01 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
It didn't take long for Democrats to seize upon the book by former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan. In an internet-only ad released today, The Democratic National Committee uses McClellan's interview on the "Today Show" to make their case against the war.

The video (above) starts with the "Today" appearance.

"As we accelerated the buildup to the war, the information that we were talking about became a little more certain than it was," McClellan says. "The caveats were dropped. Intelligence that you know, contradictory intelligence was ignored. Intelligence that had a high level of confidence was combined and packaged with intelligence that had a low level of confidence. And together, that made it sound like the threat was more urgent and more grave and gathering than it really turned out to be."

But the ad quickly attempts to link Sen. John McCain to the issue, using several quotes from McCain during the run-up to war to suggest that he was part of what McClellan was describing.

The screen ends with: "Marching in lockstep the whole way. John McCain: The Wrong Choice For America's Future."

The McCain campaign, of course, will counter that despite McCain's aggressive support for going to war, he has spent much of the past several years criticizing the Bush administration, and in particular, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

"With the Democrats are on the verge of nominating somebody who has not been to Iraq for 873 days, it's no surprise they would rather engage in these sorts of backward-looking attacks," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson, later Friday afternoon. "No amount of DNC propaganda can change the fact that Barack Obama lacks the necessary judgment and experience to make the decisions that will either bring peace and security to Iraq or more chaos and conflict."

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Its over Neo-Cons. Now move the hell out of the US like you all threatened to do.

Posted by: Ben Matheny | May 31, 2008 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Joe, it's always laughable when someone tries that old scare tactic `obama hussein'...the irony is it only reveals how terrified the poster is.

McCain and the Repubs do not stand a chance this year, not a chance. And Rove-esque tactics won't work this time, because everyone has actually, FINALLY, had enough. There aren't enough Dittoheads and Hannity fans to compensate for massive numbers who see through the perpetual b.s. and recognize the NeoCons for what they are.

McCain 2000 might have had my vote, in spite of his Keating Five follies. Not this McSame version, however. His filthy land grabbing, lobbyist enriching deals, and his promises of 100 more years in Iraq, and his shooting down Iraqi Vets GI Bill reformation, and his CLUELESSNESS about the economy, plus his PROMISE to ELIMINATE EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE for every working American who has it and wants to keep's all just further transferrence of wealth to that top 1% Superclass who are really running this show (and working like mad to milk that war profiteering for all it's worth). Profiteers and the Superclass is who McCain is running for, and if you or anyone thinks McCain cares one iota about the working man, or are delusional.

President Barack Hussein Obama.

Get used to it.

Posted by: djd | May 31, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Bush Co has made a huge land purchase in Paraguay, where they are building their own encampment using Special Ops forces. Check it out, just google Bush Paraguay to read all about it. Why Paraguay? Very criminal tolerant and no extradition - lots of gun running, weapons dealing, drugs and dirty dealings are tolerated there. The Bush Co will fit right in.

I predict that when the proverbial sheHITE hits the fan in 2009 and all of the lawbreaking comes to light, Bush Co will be hiding out way down yonder in Paraguay.

Darth Cheney has dumped virtually all of his American dollar investments for Euros and foreign ones (nothing like a vote of confidence for the country you helped sack, right, Dick?) - so who knows where he's planning on hiding.

Doesn't matter who wins - they're in for one of the worst rides and biggest janitorial shifts in our country's history. And folks, prepare yourselves for $8 a gallon gas.

Posted by: Deb | May 31, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Very effective. One of the better anti-McCain ads that I have viewed.

Posted by: via | May 30, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain was the lone voice in the Bush administration since Day one.

Why do some of you attach McClellan's book to McCain?
If anything, we should thank Senator McCain for his courage and integrity.

Do you remember that 96 year old Mrs. Reberta McCain complaining about "they" did not give any help to her son's campaign on TV? She called the Republican administration "they". He disagreed with President Bush on a lot of things since their primary fight. Senator McCain spoke up against the administration, while McClellan waited till this critical time. Don't you wonder why? He may be genuine, but why now?

Posted by: dummy | May 30, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

McCain has made the same mistake as Hillary in thinking that they can win an argument with Obama by pulling rank before the debate begins.

Posted by: Jeremy | May 30, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with "Bearer of Bad News" (posted at 6:46 PM). And to add insult to injury, we have to give full credit to the great genius of Benjamin Franklin who so accurately predicted that he would "give democracy about 200 years, before it is corrupted and a despot takes over". Guess what, folks.

Posted by: David | May 30, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Folks downplaying the impact of McClellan on McCain are dead wrong. This will be a huge factor in the general and the Dems will milk it to death.

Posted by: matt | May 30, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain, Obama and Co. are strong supporters of the H1-B visa, which allows employers to hire less-expensive skilled aliens...

So..., when we're not training terrorists to fly jumbo jets, we're training foreigners to take over our jobs...???

IT'S NOT FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Michael L. Wagner | May 30, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

ROFL! Great ad!!

Posted by: Enzo | May 30, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Democrat votes don't count - The supreme court will see to that.
Posted by: James | May 30, 2008 6:28 PM

Take your caps and shoot them up your azz.

Once the Democrats win again in November, they will impeach the three remaining Supreme Court Justices who unconstitutionally selected Bush as pResident in 2000.

Guess who gets to choose their replacements?

President Barack Obama!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The neocons and McSame continue to claim the illegal Iraq occupation is legitimate.

It is not.

They also continue to believe they can scare WE THE PEOPLE into voting against our own best interest.

We will not.

Come Election Day in November, Obama as well as plenty of new Democrats will be elected into office in the biggest win over the GOP in history!

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | May 30, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I hate to have to tell some of you this, but Obama will not be of much help to you; much as there has been little substantive change (or effort toward the same) since the balance shifted in Congress.

When you look deeper you find that he is just as guilty of telling people what they want to hear as McCain is. An Obama Administration would definitely be a somewhat different flavor of self-destruction, but the nation would suffer nonetheless.

Face it: We're doomed. George Washington was right to warn us of the dangers of political parties. Our form of government (and manner of elections) is governed not by honorable policy proposals and devoted statesmanship, but by what club you belong to and whether or not it's the same club that ran roughshod over the public most recently.

Posted by: Bearer of bad news | May 30, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey James,

You better get ready for rebellion...I will personally cap your ass if you try to feed me another four years of the Republicans!!

Posted by: Scott | May 30, 2008 6:18 PM

Democrat votes don't count - The supreme court will see to that.

We have plenty of people for you to "cap" in Iran.

Posted by: James | May 30, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat party is nothing but a Comunist society bent on the distruction of free america. They are the lowest and discusting of all creaturen on this earth. The hate all that is good and are bent on our distruction.
People better wake up soon. Make sure you keep your eyes open and be prepared for rebellion!

Posted by: Jimbo

Jimbo (great name, by the way) - if you want to be taken seriously, then please learn to spell what is presumably the only language you are vaguely familiar with.

Communist, destruction, disgusting, creatures (I won't give you a failing grade for this - perhaps 'creaturen' is your local dialect for plurals of anything).

To not be master of the one language one speaks, reads and writes is a crime in itself.

Posted by: David | May 30, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Allain Jules | May 30, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

From: Head of State

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ah, Scotty...

From the Post:

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."

McClellan includes the charges in a 341-page book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception," that delivers a harsh look at the White House and the man he served for close to a decade. He describes Bush as demonstrating a "lack of inquisitiveness," says the White House operated in "permanent campaign" mode, and admits to having been deceived by some in the president's inner circle about the leak of a CIA operative's name.>

It would be utterly inconsistent to praise McClellan for his revelations, now that he needed to find something sensational from his anxiously subservient, painful-to-watch tenure as Press Secretary, which at best could only evoke sympathy for his agonized predicament. It might have helped in eliciting such praise if these revelations had emerge at some point between the end of his tenure and the beginnings of promotion for the book.

Ironically, in now falling to the likely demands of his current masters for something to add spice and sales power to an otherwise agonizing episode, one might posit that he is repeating the same pattern that occurred during his work in the Administration. Nevertheless, this is a man who has demonstrated beyond doubt his characteristic fear of censure. That he comes forward with these accusations, despite putative motive, is of considerable note.

The claims that McClellan makes have the benefit of being supported by numerous contemporary and highly confirming reports (Woodward, Suskind et al). Now, the fact that even McClellan, the truest of camp followers, endorses them, gives them an additional bottom line power--the fearful, sweaty, anxious party line stalwart, who was also among those closest to the action, now confirms what all but the most deluded now must know.

McClellan, like other Press Secretaries before him, could have downplayed, soft pedaled, or diffused these critiques--as they did, in their books, which also had sales imperatives. He does not. Instead, he emphasizes and confirms the critical through-line narrative--a war, driven and unvetted by a lack of necessary curiosity regarding likely effects on our nation, our citizens and the world; a sales campaign yoked to this poorly vetted effort in the most cynical ("one doesn't unveil new products in August") fashion, and, overall, a brutal narrowness of vision, combined with the excitedly combative anti-intellectualism, masked by a shallow pose of ideological self-certainty (i.e. half-blindness) that characterized this administration.

Now, we are seeing the counterattack, the essential message being that they are "puzzled" that this does not "seem to be the Scott" they knew.

Presumably, this "Et tu, Scotty?" translates as an attack on his unwillingness to continue to faithfully toe the party line, in the face of significant evidence to the contrary--to maintain the fantasied walls of the court dominion--a change to be welcomed.

His willingness to express, in print, Bush's tendency to convince himself of what he wanted to believe, and this Administration's embrace of secrecy is a genuinely noble and a brave act.

But, ah, Scotty. The wreckage.


Head of State

Posted by: Emily Stewart | May 30, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas. And I for one am so enjoying watching all these dogs get their just desserts. If you live by deceit and treachery, then don't pull any of this surprised 'crap' when people just get fed up with you and your types and start 'telling all'. I imagine once this administration slithers off to their homes in wherever (Dubai?), we'll learn more and more about what really went on behind their highly secretive and unfriendly walls.

Posted by: David | May 30, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey James,

You better get ready for rebellion...I will personally cap your ass if you try to feed me another four years of the Republicans!!

Posted by: Scott | May 30, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Who's the naive one who lacks good judgment now?

Posted by: JR | May 30, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

for a look at the DNC delegate rule book:

Posted by: TOMABRAHAMS | May 30, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Its just a matter of time before more Bush minions come out of the woodwork to cover their asses before the Bush gang gets put on trial.

The people who come forward now with the truth, will be spared a little during the coming Republican trails.

Posted by: Jen | May 30, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat party is nothing but a Fasist society bent on the distruction of free america. They are the lowest and discusting of all creaturen on this earth. They hate all that is good and are bent on our distruction.
People better wake up soon. Make sure you keep your eyes open and be prepared for rebellion!

Corrected Version.

Posted by: James | May 30, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much the DNC bought McClellan for in order to write his comic book...he was always too jumpy and/or sweaty to be a white house spokesman in the first place. The "boy do i have them fooled" feeling probably will never go away, betcha now he's more jumpier than ever.

Posted by: Chris | May 30, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the majority of the nation that the Bush regime has failed the people in almost every aspect. Nevertheless, the point I want to make is even though I have placed an "Impeach Bush" sticker on my car's rear bumper more must be done in order to reach the people of America. The enemy we are facing is closer then anyone realizes. Basically, we are our own worst enemy, because we have a learned how to be cynical in our approach at bringing back positive values in this country. As the great educator Paulo Friere put it "We must not in our attempt to reclaim our humanity become in turn oppressors on those who oppressed us." We must work with those opposing our viewpoints, because liberation for all is only an outcome from hard work and not a gift. Good luck to the nation with voting this time around. Let's hope fraud on the scale we witnessed in the 2000, and 2004 selection does not repeat itself. Until then I will borrow a line from Jerry Springer "Take care of yourself, and each other." Peace


Posted by: Liberate Humanity | May 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

It's a double-edged sword linking McCain to Bush.

Republican recipe for success: Link Obama to Pastor Wright - saying ***damn america over and over again.

Interspersed with a clip of Obama Hussein saying "he is my sounding board".

Game Over....bye-bye Hussein

Posted by: Joe | May 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat party is nothing but a Comunist society bent on the distruction of free america. They are the lowest and discusting of all creaturen on this earth. The hate all that is good and are bent on our distruction.
People better wake up soon. Make sure you keep your eyes open and be prepared for rebellion!

Posted by: Jimbo | May 30, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Do you really omit "personal attacks" as you state? Keep the issues before us and the disgruntled haters silenced.

Posted by: Cal McCarter | May 30, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This information doesn't surprise me at all. I knew Bush was a pathological liar given his performance in the campaign for the Presidency in 2000. Time after time, Bush was caught in lies about everything from cocaine abuse to physical altercations with his father on a public street in Washington, D.C. However, I can proudly state that I didn't vote for Bush in 2000 nor in 2004. My only regret is that I didn't push harder with what should have been an overwhelming majority of the American People to have Bush impeached as soon as it became obvious that he was leading our country down a path of self-destruction. This time around, I am working hard to see that McSame is not elected. Obama has already opened up a 10 point lead over McSame in the latest Zogby poll. Thus, it appears that the American People are not willing to be lied to by this Bush clone. In fact, all the evidence points to a landslide victory for Democrats in November, which provides us with the only hope of saving this country. I urge every American voter, who truly cares about this country, to vote for a young man and give him super majorities in Congress (it happened before in 1934) so that he can make the changes necessary to save our country. Personally, I consider a vote for senile, old McSame to be an act of treason since he has already made it known that he intends to follow the destructive policies of the Bush Administration.

Posted by: Caliguy55 | May 30, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Straight NO MORE. | May 30, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Look how McCain voted. Look at what he still supports: the most corrupt wartime contracting practices in our nation's history. They favor the people giving McCain money off camera, Bush at his side.

In 2000, he had my vote. In 2004, after Bush has stepped in it, McCain slithered across the floor on his belly to lick George's feet clean. That is forever on his breath. You can smell it with his every word.

Posted by: TWstroud | May 30, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCain can be given a pass about forgetting how much he pushed for the invasion of Iraq. Politicians will forget, conveniently, and old politicians....

He needs to stick with his big ideas. Like setting up an international center for the world's nuclear wastes. In Nevada or Colorado. Or maybe in Arizona.

Posted by: Old white vet | May 30, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this will help start the process of bringing the Bush administration to justice. Criminals like Bush, Cheney, and Rove should not be walking free in this country.

And McCain idolizes these crooks!?!

Posted by: Franky | May 30, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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