MORNING READ

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new memoir that sears the Bush administration has prompted a push back by conservative bloggers on Wednesday. In the presidential race, Barack Obama takes heat from bloggers on the right for deciding against a visit with John McCain to Iraq, while John McCain hears it from liberal bloggers for his connections to lobbyists.

McClellan, who suggests in his new book that the Bush administration used "propaganda" and "innuendo" to sell the Iraq war, loses credibility with The Corner's Seth Leibsohn for waiting two years after his White House departure to voice his objections. McClellan didn't have much of a reason to wait to write the book until the final months of the Bush administration other than to cash out, suggests Hot Air's Ed Morrissey.

Obama should have accepted McCain's proposal that they visit Iraq together, according to conservative bloggers. Perhaps Obama is afraid of what he will see, as he hasn't visited the country since before the progress was made by the military surge, RedState's Dan McLaughlin writes. If Obama's worried about the trip becoming a mere "dog-and-pony show," he should propose his own "fact-finding mission" instead of dismissing the trip outright, suggests Hot Air's Allahpundit.

The press needs to scrutinize McCain's connections to lobbyists, bloggers on the left write. A Los Angeles Times story falsely equates worries over registered lobbyists helping run McCain's campaign to the concern over Obama strategist David Axelrod's past work as a political consultant,