David Plouffe dismisses ‘blowhards like Lanny Davis’

In defending White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler's handling of the Internal Revenue Service scandal, longtime Obama adviser David Plouffe dismissed those who criticized her for leaving the president in the dark. From Philip Rucker and Juliet Eilperin:

Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis said Ruemmler lacks political and media savvy. He said she had “an obligation to give the president a heads-up and generally describe what might be coming down the track [on the IRS] so you can do crisis management planning.”

Plouffe rejected that criticism, saying, “I know blowhards like Lanny Davis have posited this question, but they’re dead wrong.” Obama, he said, has “plenty of people who give him political advice. He needs a top-flight lawyer who’s going to run a good process, and that’s what she’s done.”

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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