Posted Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 3:55 PM
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It's at moments like these when reasonable people wonder: Is Politico engaged in a massive psy-ops trolling exercise?
Did Gene Sperling effectively handle his interactions with Bob Woodward? Hardly, says friend and former colleague Lanny Davis.
When Politico tweeted out this interview, it referred to Davis as a "former White House spokesman." He's not. He was a special counsel to Bill Clinton from 1996 through 1998, basically through the re-election's campaign finance scandals through the dark Year of Lewinsky. He didn't have a spokesman's job. He didn't have Gene Sperling's job. This isn't a topic in his wheelhouse. He proves this with his next comment.
Did Bob Woodward get a single fact wrong? He said that Barack Obama initiated the idea of sequestration as a club to get the Super Committee to do the Grand Bargain. That’s a fact. If Gene says it isn’t a fact, then explain that it’s not a fact.
Davis didn't even read the email, did he? Here's what Sperling wrote to Woodward.
I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start.
What kind of fool offers himself up as an expert on a media story, doesn't familiarize himself with the story, and weighs in anyway? This whole affair is working like flypaper for D.C.'s thriving population of know-nothings, and for that, maybe, we should appreciate the massive trolling campaign.