The good news is, Scotty McClellan's big promo yesterday generated an immediate call for an investigation by Chris Dodd.
"Today's revelations by Mr. McClellan are very disturbing and raise several important questions that need to be answered. If in fact the President of the United of States knowingly instructed his chief spokesman to mislead the American people, there can be no more fundamental betrayal of the public trust.The bad news is, it was just a sleazy publicity stunt.
"During his confirmation process, Attorney General Mukasey said he would act independently. Accordingly, today, I call on the Attorney General to live up to his word and launch an immediate investigation to determine the facts of this case, the extent of any cover up and determine what the President knew and when he knew it."
McClellan doesn't suggest that Bush deliberately lied to him about Libby's and Rove's involvement in the leak, said Peter Osnos, founder and editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing McClellan's memoir next year.So Scotty is still a good a little shill who will dutifully cover our Imperial Leader's butt, however it may still backfire. I think we all expected he wouldn't really rat out Bush but if nothing else, it's still a reminder of how corrupt and deceitful this whole administration has been right along and it will raise doubts I think about whether Bush really knew or didn't. He certainly should have known his closest advisors were liars.
"He told him something that wasn't true, but the president didn't know it wasn't true," Osnos said in a telephone interview. "The president told him what he thought to be the case."
Meanwhile, I suggest everyone boycott the book. One expects it be more tell nothing new than tell-all.