The Blame for Plame Is Certain to Inflame

June 9 (Bloomberg) — Scott McClellan, the former presidential spokesman whose memoir says Vice President Dick Cheney may have misled him about the leak of a CIA agent’s identity, has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

Original DVD cover.

McClellan’s book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” says “top White House officials” and “possibly” Cheney assured him that President George W. Bush’s top political aide, Karl Rove, hadn’t leaked the name of covert operative Valerie Plame.


McClellan also wrote that he publicly exonerated Rove and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby after he was “at best misled” by them about their role in the leak of Plame’s identity. Rove later acknowledged that he had discussed Plame with journalists. Libby was convicted of lying to investigators about his role in the leak. Bush commuted Libby’s 2 1/2-year prison sentence.

Michigan Democrat John Conyers, the Judiciary panel’s chairman, said in a statement that he has asked McClellan to testify on June 20.


In a statement last month after the book was published, Conyers said he found “particularly disturbing” an assertion by McClellan that he had been directed by then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card to “vouch” for Libby after the start of a criminal investigation of the leak.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush’s former spokesman, Scott McClellan, will testify before a House committee next week about whether Vice President Dick Cheney ordered him to make misleading public statements about the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity.

McClellan will testify publicly and under oath before the House Judiciary Committee on June 20 about the White House’s role in the leak and its response, his attorneys, Michael and Jane Tigar, said on Monday.


House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., also is seeking more FBI documents about the leak in part because of McClellan’s description of the way he was instructed to respond to questions on the matter.

At Libby’s trial, witnesses testified that Cheney, Libby and other Bush administration officials mounted a campaign to counter criticism of the Iraq war by Plame’s husband, Joseph Wilson. Cheney’s spokeswoman, Cathie Martin, testified that Cheney personally wrote out statements and talking points for Libby and other aides to give to reporters to rebut Wilson’s allegations.

Anyone else out there wish that sometimes life would turn into a musical? I’m thinking about My Fair Lady, with Henry Waxman as Henry Higgins, and John Conyers as Colonel Pickering. There sits Eliza Doolittle Scott McClellan as the orchestra plays The Rain in Spain…..

Scotty: I know your aim’s to name who outed Plame

Henry: By Chimpy George, he’s got it! By Chimpy George, he’s got it!

John: Now, once again, who leaked her name?

Scotty: Rove’s to blame! Rove’s to blame!

Henry: Was Dick Cheney’s part the same?

Scotty: For shame! It was his game!!!

All three: Our aim’s to name who outed Val’rie Plame!
Our aim’s to name who outed Val’rie Plame!

Okay, maybe I need to work on Scotty’s outfit a little. Or at least do his hair!


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17 responses to “The Blame for Plame Is Certain to Inflame

  1. Got a Grip

    LOL!! If you’re going to do anything to Scotty, just do his hair. And maybe give his fingernails a coat of a nice pink polish. I think his outfit is quite fetching.

    Conyers looks like Bill Cosby in that smoking jacket. And Waxman, well, he still looks like the doormouse from Alice in Wonderland to me.

    I’ve gotten sidetracked and haven’t gotten to my song yet, but it will be coming to a comment near you at some point in the near future. It can’t compare to yours and nightowls, though, nons. You guys are the pros…. 😉

  2. nightowl724

    You are a HOOT! Again, you had me at the title! A fantastic poster, a funny song, a too-cute bonus picture today… WOW!

    As for Scotty testifying, all I can say is, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”

  3. Friend of the court

    Loverly, indeed. “With a Little Bit of Luck”, they’ll all do time.

  4. gotta,
    i didn’t have time to coif scotty’s hair, but i think he will look fine at the hearing. i think conyers looks quite fetching in his smoking jacket. i think the cos wore sweaters, not jackets. i can’t argue with you on waxman. 😉

    i changed the title 10 times. no matter what i changed it to, the rain in spain kept popping into my mind. i finally succumbed and wrote a short parody. at the last minute, i figured that it needed a visual. glad you liked it. 🙂

    and, for a change, he won’t be dancing around the questions all night! oh how happy i am that the raisinettes are familiar with the songs from my fair lady! 😀

  5. sardonyx

    Will you be doing a recap on the 19th? If so, Scotty’ll be singing “I’m testifying in the morning…”

    Of course, I’m waiting for the inherent contempt citations to be served, so we can start the House and Senate procedings with “Everyone who should be here is here…what a gripping, absolutely ripping spectacle: Impeachment’s Op’ning Day.”


  6. nightowl724

    sar, very funny! I like it!

  7. sardonyx

    Trying to figure out just who sings “Just you wait, Henry Waxman, just you wait!” Can’t be Scotty. I think it’s probably someone from the Chimpy administration.

  8. nightowl724

    Cheney? After all, he even shoots his friends. so he’s quite intimidating!

  9. sardonyx

    Cheney. Yes, that sounds right. Or maybe Rove. They’re both revengeophiles.

  10. 😆 😆 😆 you’re so funny, sar! i’m thinking that we all need to rewrite the entire musical and then perform it. the songs are just too perfect for the subject–you did it, just you wait, without you and show me, in addition to the ones already mentioned. we can even include a song about torture and why it won’t work when we do our (special) rendition of, i’ve grown accustomed to your mace. 😉

  11. sar,
    just you wait will be sung by all the white house lawyers trying to put a gag on scotty. mukasey and some of the supremes will sing the chorus.

  12. nightowl724

    nonnie, I can’t wait for that (special) rendition!

    Name the musical No Fair Scotty?

  13. nightowl724

    PS, gotta…

    I’m sure your song will be fan-tas-tic!

  14. Great post. All presidents lie, it goes with the job. We can all vividly remember Clinton pointing his finger at America and denying he had sex with Monica Lewinsky. However, this administration has brought lying to a new art form. They have lied so often that the president actually believes some of his lies are the truth. Maybe he thought so in the first place. Who knows what goes on him in his alleged mind. The president is protected by bodyguards forever. It would be a good idea for Karl Rove and Dick Cheney to never let Joe Wilson get within 200 yards of them.

  15. thanks, neil, and welcome to the raisin! 😀
    i think that this maladministration has told so many lies that they no longer know what the truth really is. in the case of chimpy, i don’t know how much he knows, because i think deadeye dick is running the show, and chimpy is told things on a need-to-know basis, and even then, they tell him as little as possible. it doesn’t really matter, though, because i think he suffers from drug and alcohol dementia or something similar.

  16. awwww, shucks, dcAp 😳 you make me blush!