That's pretty strong stuff from a former flack, who now seems to be spinning hard for himself. There are, after all, still some asterisks next to his own performance. Why, some observers ask, did he spend so long parroting denials of a sexual affair that half the world seemed to know about? McCurry's answer: "I was aware of the potential for deception, but I just didn't want to believe [Clinton] had the capacity to deceive." No doubt his new bosses in the private sector will appreciate that kind of loyalty. The drollest of press spokesmen may claim to feel "free at last" after three years on the White House podium -- but part of him, it seems, will never leave.