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Scott McClellan & the White House 'Shake-Up'

Some quick hits from the blogosphere today:

NYU Journalism professor Jay Rosen has a must-read take on Scott McClellan's stint as White House Press Secretary:

McClellan's specialty was non-communication; what's remarkable about him as a choice for press secretary is that he had no special talent for explaining Bush's policies to the world. In fact, he usually made things less clear by talking about them. We have to assume that this is the way the President wanted it; and if we do assume that it forces us to ask: why use a bad explainer and a rotten communicator as your spokesman before the entire world? Isn't that just dumb-- and bad politics? Wouldn't it be suicidal in a media-driven age with its 24-hour news cycle?

Rosen's critique on the Bush administration and the press--while a bit harsh--is worth reading in full.

Neal Boortz dismisses the "circus" created out of the latest White House changes:

If you watched the coverage, you might get the impression Scott McClellan was the first press secretary to quit or be fired in the history of the republic.

But this is all standard operating procedure. Bill Clinton had three press secretaries over 8 years. George W. Bush will now be on his third. Big deal. But the press tells us all this turmoil is unique! First the White House chief of staff steps down, and now this. But it's all happened before. Every last bit of it.

Matt Stoller calls it the "fake shake-up" and says a real "shake-up can happen, but it won't happen until November, 2006."

And Hugh Hewitt takes issue with a Washington Post analysis that warns of doom and gloom if Bush does not revitalize his presidency. Hewitt counters:

When Bush-Rove wins -- again, for the sixth straight time if we add in the two Texas governor races-- will the Beltway elite finally admit they misunderestimated Bush all along?

For more blogosphere opinion on this and other topics, check out the RealClearPolitics Blog Coverage page.