"There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique."Projection, anyone? There are a valid criticism of McClellan's change of heart about the Bush administration (e.g., why did he wait so long). Betraying his ideals is not one of them. When McClellan was a mouthpiece for Bush, Rove, and company, he had no ideals: he was a soulless hack. McClellan's confessions, years after the fact, are far from heroic, but at least he is coming clean about his past.
The same can't be said about another political conversion--that of Bob Dole regarding Sun Myung Moon. In the mid-1970's, Dole was an ambitious member of the U.S. Senate who had eyes on the White House. He held informal congressional hearings in 1976 and 1979 on the subject of new religious movements. New religious movements were a hot topic in the 1970's because a small but significant number of mostly college-aged middle class Americans were joining groups such as ISKCON, the Children of God, Eckankar and, of course, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. The focus of the Dole's hearings was Sun Myung Moon and Dole was not a fan of the self-proclaimed Messiah. Dole used every opportunity in the hearing to slam Moon and allowed many of Moon's victims to speak out about their victimization. Carleton Sherwood, a Moon defender and harsh critic of the hearings, lagely credits Dole for being responsible for the later investigations of Moon that led to his conviction and imprisonment for tax fraud and conspiracy.
It doesn't take a cynic to suspect that Dole didn't give a flying fuck about Moon's victims. It didn't take a lot of political courage to stand against Moon. It wasn't as if there were a lot of Americans who supported the Unification movement. The findings of 1977 Gallup poll found that Moon "elicited one of the most overwhelmingly negative responses ever reported by a major poll."
Dole's recent thawing of hostility toward his former enemy also raises questions. Since Moon has become a major funder of Republican and reactionary causes, Dole hasn't said a word against Moon. Dole has even attended at least one Moon-sponsored event, a Washington prayer breakfast. Dole is the last one to scold anyone about cashing in on a political change of heart.