Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Scottie’s next to last day was a rough one.

Q Yes. Scott, Elizabeth Dole, as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has sent out a fundraising email, and in it she says that if the Democrats take control of the Senate this year they’re going to try to call for endless congressional investigations and possibly the impeachment of President Bush. And she also says that that is worse than losing the war on terror. What is your reaction to that?

MR. McCLELLAN: You know, I haven’t had a chance to look at the fundraising letter. I think that if you have questions about it you ought to ask Senator Dole. We appreciate all that she does to help advance the ideas that the President has outlined in his agenda for the American people. And we appreciate all that she’s doing to support Republican candidates for the United States Senate. But I think we’ve previously talked about how there are some Democratic leaders who think the enemy is the President. The enemy is the terrorist. And that’s why we’re going to continue the stay focused on winning the war on terrorism and doing everything within our power to bring the terrorists to justice and prevent attacks from happening.

Q Would you not think that losing the war on terror would be worse than a congressional investigation of the President?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry?

Q Would you think that losing the war on terror would be worse than —

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know you’re trying to equate the two.

Q Because they’re in this letter.

MR. McCLELLAN: The top priority of this President is winning the war on terrorism. I’m not going to comment on a letter that I haven’t even seen.

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From Holden:

Justice? What’s that?

Q On the sentencing of Moussaoui, I know the President made remarks about this yesterday, but is he disappointed in the sentencing, or does he feel justice has been served?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we respect the decision. The jury concluded that Mr. Moussaoui should spend the rest of his life in prison. The President talked yesterday about how our thoughts are with the families of those who lost loved ones on September 11th and our thoughts are with those who were involved in the rescue efforts, and those brave souls that brought a plane to the ground to help save lives elsewhere. And Mr. Moussaoui is never going to get out of prison. He’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Justice is being served. We certainly can understand the disappointment that some families feel in the verdict. At the same time, this is our judicial system, and justice was served to Mr. Moussaoui.


Q Scott, if justice was served, why not bring some of the others — Khalid Shaykh Muhammad — to stand trial here out in the open?

MR. McCLELLAN: We’re engaged in a different kind of war, and we’ve talked about how the enemy that we face is sophisticated and lethal and determined. We know that they want to hit us again. We know that they want to continue to carry out attacks against innocent Americans and against innocent civilians in the civilized world. That’s why we are engaged in a comprehensive war on terrorism. That’s why we are going after terrorist leaders like Khalid Shaykh Muhammad and others and bringing them to justice. And we will continue to do so.

Q Scott, but I don’t think that really answers the questions. I mean, why not bring them here if Zacarias Moussaoui won’t be planning anything?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think it did answer the question, because of the nature of the war that we’re engaged in. And we have an obligation to make sure that we get the kind of intelligence we need to be able to prevent attacks from happening. And this President will do that.

Question of the Day, bound to leave a mark.

Q Scott, a follow-up on Moussaoui. A family member today said he lost confidence in this administration to find bin Laden; that he looks forward to the next administration to bring him to justice. How high of a priority is it for the President while he’s still in office that bin Laden is caught?