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The early press on Christie Todd Whitman’s book makes it seems like she made the mistake of believing her own press. After raising substantial support for Bush’s first election bid, she demanded a key administration post. As she could not be trusted in any of the spots she sought — Commerce, USTR — Whitman landed at the EPA. Within weeks, Whitman demonstrated that she was in over her head, understanding neither the politics nor the policy of environmental issues. A largely sympathetic press ignored the numerous gaffes in which she demonstrated her ignorance of the subject matter within her jurisdiction, and encouraged her to follow the whims of career staffers seeking to continue to environmental agenda of the last eight years. Fortunately, she didn’t last long at EPA — and was therefore unable to do more damage. From this perspective, her forthcoming book is her parting shot. Sight unseen, I would assume it’s another misfire.


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