A CONSPIRACY SO VAST IT INCLUDES MOMMY
Jason Zengerle of The New Republic is watching the Bushite reaction to Scott McClellan's memoir. (Karl Rove says it "doesn't sound like Scott," while Ari Fleischer, in an astonishing coincidence, says, "There are just parts of here that don't sound like Scott McClellan" -- heck, you'd almost think they coordinate these things!) Zengerle is "wondering if Rove and other Bush defenders are trying to insinuate that McClellan is the victim of his liberal editor or ghostwriter or something." As Zengerle notes, we have this from NewsBusters (emphasis in the original):
McClellan's Publisher a Liberal: Advances Soros & Slams Limbaugh
Peter Osnos, who wrote Wednesday that he "worked very closely" with Scott McClellan on McClellan's new book published by PublicAffairs which Osnos founded, is a liberal whose publishing house is affiliated with the far-left The Nation magazine and the publisher of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. PublicAffairs has a roster of authors who are nearly all liberals and/or liberal-leaning mainstream media figures, including six books by far-left bank-roller George Soros....
And, yeah, Osnos's list of political authors has a lot of Democrats and liberals.
With a couple of notable exceptions (emphasis mine):
Peter Osnos is the Founder and Editor-at-Large of PublicAffairs books. Previously, he was Publisher of Random House's Times Books Division from 1991 to 1996 and before that was a Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Random House imprint. Authors he has worked with include President Bill Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Boris Yeltsin, Paul Volcker, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Donald Trump, Clark Clifford, Sam Donaldson, Morley Safer, Peggy Noonan, Molly Ivins, Stanley Karnow, Jim Lehrer, William Novak, Vassily Aksyonov, and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and The Economist.
In fact, I have a copy of Noonan's What I Saw at the Revolution right here, and on page viii she says, "Great thanks go to my editor, Peter Osnos, who helped find the book within the manuscript."
Nancy. Peggy. Pretty solid conservatives, right? And their books were pretty right-wing, too. If Osnos turned McClellan into a liberal zombie using our secret voodoo brainwashing techniques, why not those two?
... But wait -- what am I saying?
Nancy Reagan has challenged Bush on stem-cell research!
And Noonan thinks Bush and the GOP are pathetic losers now!
ZOUNDS!!! PETER OSNOS AND HIS DASTARDLY SOROS RAY HAVE SEIZED CONTROL OF NANCY AND PEGGY'S BRAINS!! WE'RE DOOMED!!!!1!!!!1!!!
Can no one stop the sinister advance of all-powerful liberal mind control?