January 16, 2004
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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Welcome back to the BuzzFlash.com GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Sometimes the GOP Bush Cartel hypocrisy is so bare-naked dishonest and preposterous that you burst out laughing.
That's what happened when we read a recent statement by the Press Secretary of the Bush Cartel, Scott McClellan. McClellan was responding to Senator Chuck Schumer's request that the White House fully cooperate with the glacially slow movement of the Valerie Plame investigation. McClellan accused Schumer of shameless Democratic grandstanding, "It would be unfortunate if people are seeking to politicize a serious matter, like leaking classified information, for partisan gain."
Now, if you can't guffaw at McClellan's world class hypocritical claptrap, what can you laugh at?
After all, this is the White House that wasn't even concerned for weeks about its own outing of a CIA operative specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction. This is the so-called president who spent the summer without finding out which two members of his staff endangered national security. This is a White House who for months then let John Ashcroft, a man who anoints himself with oil and lost his senate re-election to a dead man, personally control the sham investigation that only ensued after a much-belated story in the Washington Post. And Ashcroft only started an official inquiry after giving the White House time to destroy documents and after allowing the White House's legal counsel to vet material turned over to the DOJ.
time McClellan is asked about Bush's interest in the Plame affair,
he melodramatically announces that the "President has urged his
staff to fully cooperate with the investigation." But, of course
Bush isn't interested in firing the culprits who betrayed the nation;
his interest is in protecting them.
McClellan hasn't had much to say about why, in contrast, the White House was so quick to launch an investigation to see if Paul O'Neill divulged classified information when he revealed damaging information about the Bush Cartel. It took them less than 24 hours. And then there's the fact that Bob Woodward says Bush discussed all sorts of classified information with him when Woodward wrote his book-length tribute to George W.
McClellan's de facto boss, Karl Rove, recently had this to say about the media: The job of journalists is "not necessarily to report the news. It's to get a headline or get a story that will make people pay attention to their magazine, newspaper or television."
And Bush Chief of Staff Andrew Card declared, "It's not our job to be sources. The taxpayers don't pay us to leak! Our job is not to make your job easy."
Well, we guess the Bush Cartel only leaks when it will damage national security, which makes Scott McClellan this week's GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Until next week, remember the BuzzFlash slogan: So many Republican Hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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