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Lanny Davis FUMES After Columnist Insults Hillary Clinton

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Loooongtime Clinton devotee Lanny Davis came unglued this week after columnist Windsor Mann wrote that Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a personality deficit disorder.

It’s not as if Clinton hasn’t been accused of being “likable enough” before.

But somehow Windsor’s words got under Lanny’s skin and he reasoned that Windsor has an “irrelevance” problem.

Davis is the former White House Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton. He first met Hillary Clinton in the late sixties at Yale Law School. He supported her presidential candidacy in 2008 and has often appeared on TV as a campaign surrogate.

Mann’s op-ed column ran in USA Today with a rather harsh headline: “Hillary Clinton’s personality deficit disorder.”

Here’s a snippet:

“Because her recent past is uninspiring, Clinton is now showcasing her distant past — the era before anyone had heard of her. …Needless to say, if the best part of your political career occurred before your political career, there may be a problem with your political career. Such is the case with Clinton’s. …. If Clinton’s personality is her chief asset, she’s in trouble. To a lot of people, she comes across as neither affable nor interesting nor honest.” 

Davis, however, thinks it’s Mann who has issues. He said so in a response that ran in USA Today a day after the column published.

“Could it be that Mr. Mann actually believes his brand of written bile actually convinces anyone who cares about solving the great problems facing this country?” Davis began his psychoanalysis. “Can he be that blind to his own irrelevance? Or are his personal attacks on Secretary Clinton precisely because he is aware of the latter, and that frustrates him?”

Davis went on to say that he was “disappointed” in USA Today for presuming that Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner. He sees this as insulting to the other Democratic presidential hopefuls. He finds this kind of “biased reporting” really “irresponsible” since it “robs the other candidates of their legitimacy.”

A reader wrote in to The Mirror, “I mean, was that written after a couple cocktails at dinner? Fuming about a journalist’s ‘irrelevance’ when he’s writing in the biggest newspaper in the country? Seems like the Hillary camp is getting worried about Mrs. Clinton’s irrelevance now that Bernie Sanders is ahead of her by a HUGE 7 points in New Hampshire.”