Topic: "Scott Free" (4)
Motivation is not a subject matter in Frodo's vocabulary. Although Frodo greatly enjoys the product of motivation, particularly by a group of athletes, he learned a long time ago to never assume that he understands the specifics behind any form of human behavior. He once heard that there is a "Harvard Law of Behavior," which states that "Under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, human beings behave as they damn well please." "Who," asks Frodo, am I to argue with anyone from Harvard? Especially if that individual had anything to do with granting admittance to George W. Bush."
The second of the four Press Secretaries who have served the Incomparable Moron will be on every television channel this day, with the possible exceptions of Animal Planet and the Weather Channel. The provocative publication, written without the assistance of ghosts or anyone named Bush, is being quoted in part almost everywhere. From overheard conversations about possible cocaine use to direct prevarication by senior staff, the quotations even unsettle Barney and Laura. Frodo, as usual, listens with the jaundiced ear of one who recognizes that there are many, and varied, reasons for a shrimpy little guy to write a book. Not all of the reasons are green.
Frodo has found that, over the years, his athletic accomplishments as a teenager have been magnified, at least in his own mind and recollections. Perhaps, Frodo supposes, the significance of ones' involvement in matters of great public policy is similarly recalled by those who stood in the hallway or poured the coffee. By the same token however, Frodo was a pretty good athlete, and big-mouth Texans do tend to brag, publicly. Could it be that, despite any knowledge of his motivations, Mr. McClellan has chronicled some things that might otherwise never have been viewed in order to shine light on this increasingly dark period in American History?
Frodo's speculation is that there is substance herein. He says so because of the nature of the response, at least so far. Even Katie Couric was able to assemble the incredibly similar verbiage which emanated from Bartlett, Fleischer, and Dana Whatever-her-last-name is. None of the respondees seemed to "recognize" the guy they knew as the same person authoring something so salacious. Amazing it was that Karl Rove also used almost exactly the same words.
With a little less than six months to go before the long national nightmare is pushed aside, and a replacement is identified, Frodo worries about the damage done. The coming Presidency is not an enviable task. There are pressures, foreign and domestic, which challenge the very framework of the system itself. Frodo cannot help but remember how he was reassured, after each of the past two elections, that the "experience" of the winners would work to our national benefit.
That was, of course, before Scott wrote the book. Maybe John McCain should read the book before he speaks further about "experience."