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There appear to be some on the right who are showing a bit of embarrassment for jumping into the conflict too early, once they had a chance to read the emails
Conservatives Regret Taking Woodward's 'Threat' Story Seriously | TPM LiveWire
Politico on Thursday posted the emails between Woodward and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling, who told Woodward, "as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim."
"Looks like we were played," The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis wrote Thursday morning.
RedState editor Erick Erickson was also surprised after reading the emails:
The Washington Examiner's Byron York agreed:Fox News political analyst Brit Hume tweeted that it is hard to imagine feeling threatened by Sperling:People who made big deal of this got played
Keith Urbahn, Donald Rumsfeld's former chief of staff, tweeted:Vintage Woodward: Cherry pick a friendly exchange, make it sinister & vault himself into the media, Did it with Rummy in State of Denial
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