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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Craven insiders -- not joint fundraising agreements -- are what's destroying the party.

By Osita Nwanevu

Brazile's allegations have roiled Democratic circles since Thursday, when Politico published an excerpt of the book detailing Brazile's discovery of a joint fundraising agreement between the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign that she says granted Clinton effective control of the party a year before she actually won the nomination.

Brazile calls that agreement a "cancer" and claims that her conversation about it with Bernie Sanders, whose supporters have long accused the DNC of tilting the primary in Clinton's favor, left her in tears.

"When I hung up the call to Bernie, I started to cry, not out of guilt, but out of anger. We would go forward. We had to."

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Brazile's melodramatics cast a purposeful haze over a few important details.

She writes that she learned about the post-2012 debts that motivated the DNC's agreement with the Clinton campaign after becoming interim chair in 2016.

In fact, the DNC's financial woes were widely reported in the years after the 2012 election.

The murky specifics she describes of the joint committee's fundraising arrangements -- 99 percent of gathered funds, which should have been split between the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and state parties, were only shared between the campaign and the DNC -- would not have been news to the Sanders campaign.

Their lawyer, Brad Deutsch, sent a pointed open letter accusing the joint committee of violating campaign finance law in April 2016. That, too, was reported on.

But it is both obvious and unstated in Brazile's excerpt that Hillary Clinton -- long the party's presumptive front-runner, either the first or second-most important figure in the party's establishment for at least a decade -- would have exerted an incalculable degree of influence on the DNC, even if an agreement formalizing her power had never been signed.

Brazile's own actions during the campaign are evidence of this. She claims in her book that her sleuthing failed to uncover "any other evidence of internal corruption that would show that the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary."

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"Brazile's now on the outs with a party establishment that is still firmly entrenched, and seems to be having second thoughts about her claims.

In a Tuesday interview on CBS This Morning, Brazile called the primary a "fair fight," praised Clinton for helping restore the party's finances, and dismissed pointed questions about her change in tone.

"Like most campaigns, you have family squabbles," she said with a smile. "I fought with my family."

This kind of slipperiness, which has served Brazile well over the course of her long career, will now doom her.

For both the enemies she's making in the establishment and the activists she's gesturing to on the left, she will survive mainly and perhaps only as an example of the very self-interested corruption that she decries: a craven, calculating striver, incapable of being trusted, and loyal not to ideas or a particular vision for the country but a career now in need of resuscitation.

A political "operative " -- that greasy word -- through and through and to the last, who nevertheless pretends an implausible ignorance of basic facts regarding a party she was chosen to run.

Brazile's future is precisely as dim as it ought to be. The cancer within the Democratic Party last year wasn't some fundraising agreement. It was figures like her."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-07 06:50 PM | Reply

Haha if she's the cancer, that makes Hillary radiation; the source of cancer.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-07 06:55 PM | Reply

The long knives are out from the Dem establishment. How dare she expose the cronyism and corruption at the heart of the DNC.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-11-07 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Now I know why tigers eat their young...

-Al Czervik

I am surprised that it took this long for the Dems to turn against Donna, the spinmeisters must have been out of ideas.

"For both the enemies she's making in the establishment and the activists she's gesturing to on the left, she will survive mainly and perhaps only as an example of the very self-interested corruption that she decries: a craven, calculating striver, incapable of being trusted, and loyal not to ideas or a particular vision for the country but a career now in need of resuscitation."

Are we sure the author isn't talking about Hillary?

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-07 07:07 PM | Reply

90% of Donna Braziles spontaneously cure themselves!
--You Know Who

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-07 07:43 PM | Reply

It always get a kick out of Corky carrying the torch of freedom and pitchfork of justice to burn a witch.

All to run cover for the wickedest one of them all.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-07 08:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

I see that the DNC has their surrogates out to attack Donna Brazile

#7 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-11-07 08:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Websters Dictionary defines a hero as kind of sandwich. It also defines it as a person with great courage. Donna Brazile is a either a sandwich or a person with great courage. Maybe both.

#8 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-11-08 08:19 AM | Reply

From the article:

In a Tuesday [meaning yesterday] interview on CBS This Morning, Brazile called the primary a "fair fight," praised Clinton for helping restore the party's finances, and dismissed pointed questions about her change in tone. "Like most campaigns, you have family squabbles," she said with a smile. "I fought with my family."

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-08 08:43 AM | Reply

Donna said unflattering things! BURN THE WITCH!

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-08 09:44 AM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2017-11-07 08:43 PM | FLAG:

Aww I wish I had scrolled down this far before posting lol.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-08 09:44 AM | Reply

Sometimes you gotta pump your book. Heroic stuff.

#12 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-11-08 09:46 AM | Reply

Shocking. The Shillarites are desperate to maintain that the process was untainted by the Queen and her desire to get what was her due.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-08 04:25 PM | Reply

So much racism and misogyny.

#14 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-09 02:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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