The right loyalties

[Conor Friedersdorf]

Apparently Bob Dole has written a scathing letter to Scott McClellan.

An excerpt:

In my nearly 36 years of public service I've known of a few like you. No doubt you will 'clean up' as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, 'Biting The Hand That Fed Me.'

As an American taxpayer I'd like to think that I am the hand that fed Mr. McClellan, along with my fellow citizens. He owed loyalty to the United States of America, our constitution, laws duly enacted by our legislature and our citizenry. It may be that Mr. McClellan betrayed some of those loyalties, but the mere fact of criticizing the president after having left the administration isn't "biting the hand that fed" him.

Strangely, the Bush Administration thought that Scott McClellan was the best spokesperson they could find to articulate their policies. They hired him because they thought it was in their best interest, not as a personal favor to the erstwhile press secretary. Insofar as his book is accurate they've got no grounds to gripe, and the country is better off for having another account of what happened.

Much the same can be said of Bill Richardson, by the way -- James Carville is wrong to call him a Judas for serving in Bill Clinton's administration and later endorsing Barack Obama. As a writer, whose name escapes me, aptly asked, if Barack Obama is elected should we expect every member of his cabinet to pledge their support for President Michelle Obama in 2024?