Of course, Politico can't help being sour about anything related to the truth. Take this snippet for example...
An unrepentant self-promoter, Pillsbury has twice brought boxes of the book to Capitol Hill to distribute to members and their aides.Passing out copies of one's book FOR FREE isn't exactly self-promotion, is it? It's called selling your point of view.
Who else could be defined in that manner?
I do not find it a flaw necessarily.