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  • ursofulofkrap ursofulofkrap Feb 28, 2013 3:22 PM Flag

    Woodward can't sell books. Cries for repub attention

    LOL.
    Actual email text:

    From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013

    Bob:

    I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall โ€” but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

    But 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. It was an accepted part of the understanding โ€” from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios โ€” but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

    I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

    My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.

    Gene

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    • Just a quick look has his last book parked at #2 on the NYT best seller's list for hardcover non-fiction most of last Fall, and before you ask without looking, #3 on the same list electronic format.

      Woodward has it all over these guys - they're used to threatening and cajoling the small fry, but he doesn't sweat these poseurs. I'm sure he is deeply hurt that you don't like him, though.

 
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