This has me so sputtering with anger that I can't even begin to describe it. I've sat here all day trying to write out a response that was insightful and meaningful, but I've been unsuccessful.
In a Washington Post story about former Obama adviser Steve Hildebrand's battle with depression, the White House chose to attack Hildebrand and impugn his motives for criticizing the administration's record on LGBT rights.
Obama officials -- mindful that the Hildebrand Strategies Web site promotes the consultant's connection to the president -- see Hildebrand's new phase differently and dismiss his admonishments as the ravings of a sick man.
"You get the good Steve and the bad Steve. When Steve is healthy, he's a world-class operative. And when he's not, things get pretty crazy," says a White House official, who would only speak about a former colleague anonymously.
The whole article, from it's headline "Democratic operative Steve Hildebrand goes rogue" to the anonymous quote - the first quote other than Hildebrand and the only anonymous one, is intended to portray him as unstable, unpredictable and dangerous. As someone with a mental illness who's open about it and often gets these types of putdowns, instead of a long post, I'd like to say one thing to the anonymous source at the White House.
Fuck you. Fuck you very much.