One of the more peculiar refrains heard from Bush partisans in response to Scott McClellan's What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception is "It doesn't sound like Scott." Ari Fleischer, once McClellan's boss, says it as though there is something chemically wrong with McClellan. Karl Rove goes so far as to add that the text is more along the lines of something that would be written by "a left-wing blogger." Whoa! Them's fightin' words.
Make no mistake. Fleischer and Rove are Masters of Deception and there is little chance that there repeating of the "It doesn't sound like Scott" is a mere coincidence. And in her Q&A with the press on May 28, presidential press secretary Dana Parino had her own refrain:
"So I think it's just a sad situation."
"[H]e [the president] thinks it's a sad situation and was disappointed."
"We just think it's a sad situation."
You'd think someone died. Well, there are the 4,084 American service personnel, but I don't think that's what they're sad about in this case.
The Fleischer/Rove/Parino position seems to be one that implies that McClellan has had some sort of mental breakdown. Consequently, he doesn't sound like his old self—by implication, his original honest self. And as we all know, that's just a sad thing. Maybe he'll come around. Get back to his senses.
Perhaps what is really sad about all of this is that the reason these people don't recognize McClellan's voice is that this time he's telling the truth as he perceives it, he isn't simply reciting the words that have been put into his mouth by people who have and who had the agenda he now derides.