POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 5/28

Quote of the Day

“Scott we now know is disgruntled about his experience at the White House… It’s sad. This is not the Scott we knew.”

— White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, quoted by NBC News, on former colleague Scott McClellan’s new book, What Happened.

What the DNC Rules Committee Will Not Do

Political Insider: A preview of Saturday’s DNC rules and bylaws committee meeting.

Appointees Flee Bush Administration

“With eight months left in President Bush’s term, scores of senior officials already are heading for the exits, leaving nearly half the administration’s top political positions vacant or filled by temporary appointees,” the Washington Post reports.

Further complicating matters: “More than 200 pending nominations are languishing on Capitol Hill, bogged down in political fights between Democrats and the White House.”

Puerto Rico Votes Sunday

CQ Politics answers five questions about this weekend’s Democratic primary in Puerto Rico.

Bush, McCain Appearance Lasts One Minute

Sen. John McCain and President Bush “avoided any meaningful public appearance together” despite both attending a private fundraiser for the Arizona senator’s presidential campaign last night, the New York Times reports. 

They had “just the briefest of photo opportunities at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the evening. Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush emerged from opposite sides of their limousine at the airport. They shook hands and waved, and Mr. Bush got on his plane without making a public statement. The joint appearance lasted less than a minute.”

Bombshell Book Rocks White House

News of the extremely critical memoir from former Bush spokesman Scott McClellan dominates the headlines this morning.
Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception
First Read: “The news of Scott McClellan’s new book on President Bush — first reported by the Politico’s Mike Allen — guarantees one thing: There is NO CHANCE Bush fixes his perception problems in the public and the media anytime soon. He’s a political pariah, pure and simple.”

New York Times: “President Bush ‘convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment,’ and has engaged in ‘self-deception’ to justify his political ends, Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, writes in a critical new memoir about his years in the West Wing.”

Washington Post: “Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated ‘political propaganda campaign’ led by President Bush and aimed at ‘manipulating sources of public opinion’ and ‘downplaying the major reason for going to war.'”

Wall Street Journal: “The White House took part in an ‘endless effort to manipulate public opinion to their advantage’ in promoting the invasion of Iraq, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan declares in a new book.”

Los Angeles Times: McClellan writes, “No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now when we can more fully understand its impact. What I do know is that war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.”

Obama Urges No Protests at DNC Meeting

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign “is urging its supporters not to demonstrate at Saturday’s highly anticipated Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting on how to handle the delegates of Florida and Michigan.” 

“In an internal campaign e-mail obtained by The Hill, the Obama campaign states, ‘We look forward to the meeting proceeding smoothly — and we’re asking our supporters not to show up to demonstrate, passionately as they feel about this campaign.'”

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