The McClellan Interview: One Of Anderson Cooper's Best Interviews Ever
The passion and toughness Anderson brought to the table was quite the contrast to my other tv news boyfriend's time with McClellan. Keith Olbermann basically gave him a big wet kiss. I wasn't expecting the confrontational performance I knew Anderson to be capable of (apparently Keith doesn't due controversy unless he can do it when the person's not there), but geez. It's going to be really sad if Jon Stewart ends up being harder on McClellan (booked for Monday!) than Keith.
There were many great portions of the 360 interview, but in terms of me having a comment, I want to highlight this one:
AC: SO YOU, IN YOUR MIND, WHEN YOU’RE IN THAT BUBBLE, OR BUNKER AS YOU SAID, YOU CAN JUSTIFY EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOUR POSITION IS RIGHT AND YOU’RE FIGHTING OFF, EVERYONE ELSE IS PLAYING PARTISAN POLITICS BUT WHEN YOU’RE IN THE BUBBLE, YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS REALLY RIGHT.
SM: no, you’re engaged and you have your partisan hat on. and that’s the problem. that’s the problem, that we’re all focused on trying to manipulate the narrative to our advantage and we lose sight of the importance of how we can work together through deliberation and compromise.
AC: I THINK THAT WILL SHOCK PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU’RE ACTUALLY A CIVIL SERVANT. YOU’RE A CIVIL SERVANT. YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A POLITICAL PARTISAN.
Are there really that many people left that are shocked about them being political partisans? Bueller? I don't know about anyone else, but I've known this and not believed a word they've said for years now. The newsworthy thing about this book is not that it says anything most of us didn't already know anyway; it's who wrote it.
And it's because of the difference between his behavior and body language back then and his relaxed demeaner in the face of hard questions now, that I actually think I believe him. I think I believe almost his whole story. It seems to me he was a true believer who slowly realized he was being used. If I had to guess, I'd say he started having his suspicions in 2005, which was when I really noticed that he seemed to be near tears half the time. Should he have left the job sooner? Sure, but I think he has been sincere in his answer regarding that question and he's definitely not the only one guilty of this. Although just because he's now sounding like a liberal doesn't mean I'm suddenly a McClellan fan. I'll always have doubts about him. I'll always have doubts about anyone in politics. If there's one thing the Bush Administration has given my generation, it's cynicism.
Anyway, great job Anderson! Be proud. And let's see more of that fired up attitude!