But in each of these cases, it's easy to argue that McClellan was just parroting the administration's official message of the day.
If McClellan is dumped, the final straw may have been his written statement attacking a troop withdrawal plan authored by Rep. John Murtha (D-PA). McClellan said Murtha was “endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party.”
But even here, was McClellan speaking on his own behalf? Probably not. Did what McClellan say look bad, leading to comparisons to vicious attacks made by Bush cronies in 2000 against another Vietnam War veteran, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)? Absolutely. Soon thereafter, both President Bush and Vice President Cheney read the tradewinds, and backed away from McClellan's comments in an effort to "quell a backlash."
By doing so, they killed their messenger. But no doubt, if McClellan's career really is over, they'll have no trouble finding a replacement.
This item first appeared at Journalists Against Bush's B.S.