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“He’s sewage poured into a suit”


Somehow, I missed Marchman’s epic assessment of Lanny Davis at the time. Fortunately, it’s still fresh!

If you detect a pattern in the two examples here, you’re not wrong. In his shitty book Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life, Davis brags about how he was able to help the NFLPA deal with claims that the famously impotent house union hadn’t done anything to help retired players suffering from mental illness. What did he do? He set up a website that depicted them as whiny leeches. At another point, during the fight over the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would have strengthened unions by making it easier for them to organize, he represented the CEOs of union-busting Whole Foods and Starbucks, who had conceived a compromise that would have gutted all the valuable machinery of the proposal while still allowing something bearing its name to pass. When George W. Bush had to make appointments to a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Lanny Davis came right to mind.

Davis is everywhere. Wherever there’s a fight to turn government into a weapon against citizens, he’ll be there. Whenever an institution needs to assail the vulnerable, he’ll be there. He’ll be there in the way dogs eat shit. He’ll especially be there if it involves people in foreign countries.

It’s all that good.

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