McClellan not sure about McCain, intrigued by Obama
Scott McClellan, making the media rounds to promote his book and push back against the ferocious counter-attack by Bush loyalists, declined to come out tonight for John McCain and said he liked what he had heard from Barack Obama.
"I haven't made a decision," McClellan told Katie Couric on CBS's "Evening News," when asked if he was backing the Arizona senator. McClellan paid homage to McCain, saying that the Republican nominee had "governed from the center, and that's where I am."
But without prompting, he said he was "intrigued by Sen. Obama's message."
"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan said.
He offered similar comments about Obama on ABC's "World News Tonight."
In his book, the former Bush spokesman describes his upbringing in a house where his mother was the moderate Democrat mayor of Austin (Carole Keeton Strayhorn later became a Republican before running as an independent for governor in 2006). McClellan recounts how, when he first came to work for Bush in 1999, he admired the governor's willingness to work across party lines in the Texas capitol.
McClellan is the third high-profile member of Bush's original Texas circle to express interest, if not support, for Obama. Matthew Dowd and Mark McKinnon, both top-level advisers in Bush's 2000 and 2004 runs and former Democrats, have also praised the likely Democratic nominee.
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One of the back stories on this is McClellen's mom, former Texas State Treasure Carolyn Strayhorn. She was essentially the leader of the old Republican wing of the party, the business GOP of the old days before the Right Wing Nut Jobs arrived after leaving the Democratic Party enmass in the 70's and 80's. She was an ally of George Sr, and she supported W in his campaigns, delivering the country club vote while Rove delivered the religious kooks and the RWNJ's. In return, she got the State Treasurer's job, where, as an old fashion fiscal Republican, she became immensely popular by being tight-fisted with the public's money. When Bush left for Washington, she expected his support in return for a run for the governership, but like the back-stabbing bastard he is, Bush wanted one of his robots to run the state, a typical Brownie-type named Rick Perry, an incompetent buffoon who has become like his boss, a laughingstock. She stayed out of Perry's first term race, but as Perry started to screw up the entire state, she and him began to butt heads and she finally ran against him last year.
Her son was Bush's dick sucking I'll-tell-any-lie-for-you press secretary. She had delivered voting blocs to Bush for years. Perry was a bozo and a half. Given those realities, she was expecting Bush's support, but instead the Rove Machine went to work on her, Swiftboating the shit out of her on Right Wing Nut Job radio in the governorial primary, and she narrowly lost the primary. Her response was to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent. Perry ended up winning with 34% of the vote, mostly thanks to that shithead Kinky Friedman, who siphoned off enough shitheads from the independents to give Perry the win. Next, her son got fired. My guess is, both of them have gone over to the Democrats.
Funny how the RWNJ's always scream they want a third party, yet when given a conservatve-alternative, they vote for whoever The Swiftboat Machine tells them to every time. Strayhorn would have made a good governer. Instead we end up with Governer Enron.