"I f***ing hate that guy. Like I’d like to kick the sh** out of him on twitter . . . but I know that is dumb.” “That guy,” as every clucking tongue in Washington can now tell you, was liberal Harvard Law professor (and former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia) Lawrence Lessig, who ran a brief, quixotic campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. This moment of impulsive pettiness was not meant to be public; it came in a private e-mail, between two private citizens, from one Gmail account to another. Its author was Neera Tanden, president of a left-leaning D.C. think tank. Its recipient was Democratic bigwig John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The embarrassing e-mail became public when WikiLeaks posted it online in October, along with thousands of others from Podesta’s account.
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