Sunday Show Wrap-Up
9:28 AM, Jun 2, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
Byron York was on Fox News Sunday's roundtable, and he summed up the hopeless naivetÃ© of former White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "What distinguishes McClellan is that he was amazingly naÃ¯ve in his belief that George W. Bush could kind of bring us all together, which is why he comes to Washington," York explained. "You remember that press conference where Bush is asked to name a mistake he has made? And he gives an awful performance, he can't name a mistake, it was just terrible. But Bush realized, and he told McClellan, 'look, if I name a mistake my enemies are just going to keep pushing for more and more and more.' And McClellan doesn't see it that way. He actually writes in the book 'believe that by embracing openness and forthrightness it could have redeemed him, it could have transcended partisanship and brought together leaders of both parties to try to chart a consensus way forward on Iraq.' That is a naÃ¯ve point of view."
McClellan himself was on Meet the Press, and he tried to explain why he didn't leave the administration after disagreeing with its practices. "The reason I didn't [leave] was because that was the final 10 months of my time in the White House, when my disillusionment increasingly set in," he said. "I became dismayed beginning in July of 2005 with the revelations that I had been knowingly misled by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, and then ending with the NIE. And I had made a decision at that point, right around that--right after that, that that was the final straw, that I would leave the administration. My intent was to do it at my three-year mark in July of 2003, just a couple months later, that I'd do it quietly and leave, because I could no longer continue to go through this when I had been decrying the selective leaking of classified information for years, as had the president."
The Democratic primary slowly creaks to the finish line, as Hillary Clinton once again whups Barack Obama, this time in Puerto Rico. Clinton surrogate Terry McAuliffe was on This Week to talk about the Michigan/Florida delegate compromise. Since Obama got more than zero delegates, suffice it to say he's not pleased with the outcome. "What they did is they took all the uncommitted--and they actually ran on the ballot as uncommitted, and they have to go the convention as uncommitted--they gave all of those to Senator Obama, and then they took four votes that Hillary Clinton had won, four delegates, and they also gave those votes to Senator Obama. I have never in history-and I've been involved in this party for 30 years and I was the last chairman of this great party-I have never seen a party take away votes from someone who earned them, and that's our complaint coming out of yesterday."
Clinton surrogate Mandy Grunwald, meanwhile, was on Face the Nation to drive home the issue of Hillary's electability. "But if you look at the Electoral College based on the polls right now, she is far ahead of Senator McCain and he's about tied. So if you look at the electoral map and if you look at the swing constituencies--rural voters, where Democrats have gotten killed in recent years and where a lot of people think the race will be won--Senator Clinton is doing far better than Senator Obama."