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A press release that just arrived in my inbox:

Full report: Scott McClellan's Soros connection

Hercules Q. Einstein! Try and wriggle out of that one, McClellan! The rest, from Brent Baker at Newsbusters:

Peter Osnos, who wrote Wednesday that he "worked very closely" with Scott McClellan on McClellan's new book published by PublicAffairs which Osnos founded, is a liberal whose publishing house is affiliated with the far-left The Nation magazine and the publisher of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. PublicAffairs has a roster of authors who are nearly all liberals and/or liberal-leaning mainstream media figures, including six books by far-left bank-roller George Soros. On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Ari Fleischer related that "Scott told me that his editor did 'tweak,' in Scott's word, a lot of the writing, especially in the last few months." In an "Eat the Press" blog entry Wednesday, Rachel Sklar asked Osnos: "Did you work directly on the book with McClellan? (Who was his editor?)" Osnos replied: "The editor was Lisa Kaufman and yes, I worked very closely with them."

PublicAffairs is also the publisher of Radicals for Capitalism. It's a sticky web these Sorosians weave.

The big disappointment, to me, is how wackier the anti-McClellan pushback could be. There's a record of oddball behavior in the McClellan clan, from his mother's 2006 run for governor of Texas (she left the GOP to run as an independent, then demanded to be called "Grandma" on the ballot) to his father's own literary career.

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  1. So where does the Kochtopus come in?

  2. So, as I initially suspected, the book contains healthy amounts of ghost-writing.

  3. PublicAffairs is also the publisher of Radicals for Capitalism. It’s a sticky web these Sorosians weave.

    OMG! The Kochtopus of the Left! Is nothing sacred anymore? Is there no one left to trust?

  4. I don’t believe it. You mean he actually did it for the money?

  5. Sorosaur vs. Kochtopus.
    A movie I’d pay to see.

  6. What we need is some sort of filter that will eliminate any and all text in administration responses to McClellan that focus on anything but denials of specific facts in the book.

    What’s left to the criticism of the book if you get rid of all the “Booga booga booga George Soros!” stuff and all the “This is really a betrayal” stuff and all the “McClellan said mean things about someone else who wrote a tell-all book” stuff and everything else irrelevant to the topic at hand?

  7. From the link to McClellan’s Dad’s Book

    McClellan’s overwrought conspiracy theory claims that Lyndon Johnson-motivated by power lust, fear of being dropped from the Kennedy ticket, and the need to cover up various scandals-masterminded Kennedy’s assassination with the help of his evil “superlawyer” Ed Clark.

    Is that LP 1980 Presidential Candidate Ed Clark?

    A conspiracy so immense!

  8. I could handle McClellan being tied to Soros, but now he’s in cahoots with Brian Doherty as well?

  9. This would be probably the third time I’ve seriously considered driving all the way to D.C. to kick Bozell in the taint…

    (If he’s not in D.C., I’ll waterboard motherfuckers until they tell me where he is, and then kick them in the taints. For making me drive extra, Bozell will receive approximately 1 taint-shot per 10 miles).

  10. Sorosaur vs. Kochtopus.
    A movie I’d pay to see.

    Might pay to see it if it was Kochtopus vs. Lickalotopus

  11. Taktix,
    I am all for you kicking Brent Bozell in the taint, repeatedly, but what does he have to do with this??

  12. PublicAffairs has a roster of authors who are nearly all liberals and/or liberal-leaning mainstream media figures

    Oh, I see. Clearly they’re all making it up then. It’s not like everyone can see we were lead into an unwinnable war based on either faulty or falsified evidence.

    Seriously, what does that say about a group if they view disagreement as incorrect automatically?

  13. So where does Kevin Bacon come into this?

  14. Kwix,

    IIRC, Bozell founded Newsbusters and MRC and all those other propaganda wings…

  15. After the Rachael Ray incident, I hope to God nobody finds a picture of Scott McClellan in a scarf.

  16. PublicAffairs is also the publisher of Radicals for Capitalism. It’s a sticky web these Sorosians weave.

    So be it, as long as the shirtless image of the RfC author is not included on this website again.

  17. McClellan had to know he was going to be kicked pretty hard once he released this book. I don’t feel any particular sympathy for him. I’m sure the royalties will help cushion the blow.

  18. George Soros was a great crusader against communism. Not only did he talk about it, he backed it up with money. And after the Wall came down and most people forgot about Eastern Europe, Soros continued spending his money to help these people — to teach them the fundamentals of Western society; and yes, even capitalism.

    It’s sickening how the right potrays him as some boogieman.

  19. I can never remember- am I supposed to make the sign of the cross when I hear Soros’ name, or spit? Maybe I should do both, just to be safe.

  20. I’m still reeling from his stunning revelation that, as Press Secretary, he saw political propaganda being used by the White House. Shocked! Yes, shocked I am that there is spin going on at these press briefings!

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  22. Eh, pretty weak sauce. Your 2-minute-hates against 9/11 skeptics are more venomous…

  23. Eh, pretty weak sauce. Your 2-minute-hates against 9/11 skeptics are more venomous…

    And the one against FL public school kindergarten teachers is a frickin black mamba.

  24. I don’t get the uproar over this book. McClellan wasn’t worth two minutes of my time when he was a Bush hack and he still isn’t worth it now that he has joined the opposition. Opportunists or a man of conscience? I don’t care, the dude is a dweeb.

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