Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Little Scottie is an habitual liar. He lies about everything, even unimportant shit like whether or not the preznit was “formally” preparing for the third debate. I suppose the Bush campaign believes that “formal” debate prep clashes with the Chimpster’s manly image.

Here’s Scottie on Tuesday:

Q Is he doing any — is he doing a formal debate prep session today?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I wouldn’t describe it as “formal.” He’s been doing some debate preparation and he’ll continue to do some today, from visiting —

Q What does that involve?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, visiting with senior staff. You know, I think Senator Gregg will be around, as well. But I wouldn’t describe it as a formal kind of debate prep.

Q Is there going to be a formal —

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we’ll try to keep you posted if there’s any more. But he’s obviously looking over the many different positions Senator Kerry has taken and looking over his record, because there are clear contrasts when it comes to the records of the two candidates.

Here’s Dan “Don’t Call Me Fartlett” Bartlett yesterday:

MR. BARTLETT: As far as preparation, the President has spent a lot of time — starting, obviously, in Crawford, when he was down in Crawford Sunday night, we had a session. We’ve been taking advantage of motorcade rides — and I remember coming back from — what was it, Red Face or Red Stone?

Q Red Rocks.

MR. BARTLETT: Red Rocks, we used that as an opportunity; on the plane rides yesterday, we had a formal session. We flew in Senator Judd Gregg last night, had a full dress — I say “dress,” but he didn’t wear a suit — rehearsal.

Now it’s back to Little Scottie today, lying about his lie on Tuesday:

Q Scott, was there some debate internally about how much and how the President should prepare for this third debate? Some of what you told us conflicted from what Dan Bartlett told us later, about whether the President would prepare formally or not.

MR. McCLELLAN: What conflicted?

Q You said there would be no formal preparation —

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I didn’t say that. I said — and it was my understanding earlier in the day on — what was it, Tuesday, that he — I said Senator Gregg would be there later, he’d be visiting with staff, they’d be going through some things. And later in the day it ended up being that was going to be a formal one, and then the one the next day was less formal. So I told you — I’ve always told you we’d keep you posted. So I disagree with that.