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White House Press Secretary - exit Left Stage

Who hasn't seen Scott McClelland, White House Press Secretary, on TV, and wondered how this inarticulate, slow and seemingly bumbling man, keeps his job.

Well, he's gone! Today's news tells us that McClelland's tenure is at an end. It's significance may be wider than is imagined.

Sidney Blumenthal, writing in
The Guardian, says as follows:

"The resignation of the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, is an event of almost complete insignificance except insofar as the beleaguered White House presents it as an important change. Meanwhile, the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, under siege from dissenting ex-generals demanding his firing for arrogant incompetence, stays.

McClellan is a flea on the windshield of history. On the podium, he performed his duty as a slow-flying object swatted by a frustrated and flustered press corps. Inexpressive, occasionally inarticulate and displaying a limited vocabulary, his virtue was his unwavering discipline in sticking to his uninformative talking points, fending off pesky reporters, and defending the president and all the president's men to the last full measure of his devotion. Inside the Bush White House, he was a non-player, a factotum, the instrument of Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist and deputy chief of staff. McClellan played no part in the inner councils of state. He was the blank wall erected in front of the press to obstruct them from seeing what was on the other side. McClellan's stoic fa├žade was unmatched by a stoic interior. He was a vessel for his masters, did whatever he was told, put out disinformation without objection, and was willing to defend any travesty. He is the ultimate dispensable man".

Blumenthal's analysis of current events in Washington and elsewhere in the US is well-worth reading too - here.

Meanwhile, Phillip Adams in his weekly column [here] in The Australian, suggests that the time has come to lock George Bush up before he does more damage.


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