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They stood by their man

The Bush administration prized loyalty over competence. The next White House team will do the opposite

By David Frum   July 2008

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Almost nobody in the US has a good word to say for Scott McClellan, Bush’s former press secretary turned critic. The right condemned the disloyalty of his memoir, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong with Washington (PublicAffairs). The left complained that McClellan’s change of heart arrived too late. The old Washington hands shook their heads at a press secretary writing a book at all: FDR’s and Eisenhower’s men took their secrets to their graves—why can’t today’s whippersnappers do the same?

Yet there is something sad and sympathetic about…

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