November 13, 2013
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Dan Bongino pauses during his concession speech at the Republican Party election celebration Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Linthicum, Md. Bongino and independent candidate Rob Sobhani were defeated by Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Dan Bongino. (Gail Burton/Associated Press)

The N.Y. Post’s “Page Six” ran an article today about former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino’s new book about President Obama. The article quotes Bongino as he portrays himself as some kind of noble whistleblower from within the Obama bubble. Gag me. Republicans and patriots everywhere should boycott Bongino’s book in every way: Don’t buy it, don’t read it, don’t quote it. I think writing such a book is extremely bad form, and I am certainly one Republican who will do nothing to support the man who wrote this book. I think he has disqualified himself for any job where loyalty, trust and fidelity are important.

Bongino has brought shame to the Secret Service and done a disservice to the president of the United States.  It’s bad enough that future book writers are everywhere among us in Washington. Everyone has had to learn to tailor their remarks in order to anticipate how an author will characterize them in a book about “insider” Washington.  White House staff and Cabinet members supply enough kiss-and-tells and self-serving accounts of what goes on inside the White House.  But one of the president’s personal bodyguards writing a book that betrays the trust between the Secret Service and the commander in chief is beyond the pale.  And as everybody in Washington knows, I have a pretty big pale.

Anyway, during my time in the White House, I worked in close proximity to the Secret Service, and based on what I know about those men and women, I bet they are sickened by the very idea that one of their own would write a book like this.  ABC News ran a story about the upcoming book and Bongino’s campaign for a congressional seat in Maryland in which they quoted another former Secret Service agent as saying, “He’s [Bongino’s] trying to draw attention to himself and he’s hijacking the Secret Service brand.  That’s all he’s got going for him.”  In keeping with the Secret Services’ usual grace and dignity, this former agent didn’t use the words “weasel,” “turn-coat” or “Judas.” I have no such restraints.

How did somebody like Bongino even get into the Secret Service in the first place?  I guess there is no perfect screening test for character.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for some of the know-it-alls who are sitting in the Obama White House right now to write their books that lament, “if only they had listened to me,” where they do their best to take credit for the good and lay blame for the bad. These books are fair game.  Bongino’s book is another story.

The bottom line is Republicans should do nothing to reward this type of betrayal of a president and the Secret Service. There is nothing Bongino could possibly say that is politically useful to the GOP.  We should all ignore him and his book.  The author should ask for forgiveness, go live in a monastery for a few years and then permanently drop out of sight.

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Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.