Donna Brazile is for Obama
guest post by Masslib
For the last several months it’s been pretty obvious to anyone who watches
CNN, that “neutral” commentator Donna Brazile actually harbors anti-Hillary
feelings, if not an outright preference for Obama. CNN decided to bench pundit
James Carville because of his pro-Clinton bias. Maybe CNN doesn’t yet believe
that Brazile has taken sides. Bothered by her obvious bias, last month I began
an e-mail correspondence with Brazile to express my disappointment in her as a
DNC leader. I share some of what she wrote back to me below. If CNN doesn’t
pull the plug on her after they read this, then Saturday Night Live was right
when they said CNN was in the tank for Obama.
I’m making these e-mails public not just because I don’t want to see
her on CNN, but because with rumors afoot of her aspirations to be DNC Chair if
Obama becomes the nominee, I think it’s important that Democrats see what
they would be in for. While I appreciate her willingness to correspond with me,
what you can see in these excerpts is an individual who doesn’t have the
political savvy to communicate with the public (keep in mind I was an anonymous
stranger when she wrote to me) in an appropriate and pro-Party fashion. You can
see that she has no problem creating inferences that Hillary Clinton is a racist.
You can see that she feels she has no responsibility to stand up against sexism.
And you can see most shockingly that she resents Democrats for leaving her out
in the cold since managing Al Gore’s losing 2000 campaign, finding the highest
praise not for those in the Party she aspires to lead, but for Republicans. Without
further ado, here are some choice excerpts from our exchange. (view emails in
their entirety here). Draw your own conclusions.
Me: I am very disappointed in you. I saw you at the State of
the Black Union, and not once did you speak out against a number of sexist and
divisive comments about Hillary. I understand the desire to see an African American
President. I share that desire. I just don’t find Senator Obama, with his limited
resume, and few public accomplishments (i.e. accomplishments for the people, not
personal accomplishments like book writing) to have the resume for President,
at this point. I think Hillary is correct to point to her strong resume, and that
Donna Brazile(DB): I am very sorry that you tuned into my life
just three weeks ago and not the 40 years I have engaged politics on a very personal
Just be up to date in your criticism and go back and read my columns, see my
interviews and then walk a moment in the shoes of someone who calls it like
ME: I’m young, but I have been watching you for eight years.
You can not possibly think I just tuned in three weeks ago. That’s why I expect
more from you. You are one of the most prominent female voices of the Democratic
Party. Emotions are running high, and the media is just loving to play up the
fissures in the Party.
DB: Please don’t lecture me about the isms in America . You
cannot blame the media for Clinton being behind or running out of money.
It’s the strategy stupid… And I for one have gotten down right tired of the
When many of us beat the heck out of Obama last year, we were not called racists.
ME: I don’t expect you to watch the sexism. I was hoping for
a more fair reading from you. I think it’s loopy to think Hillary has run a
racist campaign. Really loopy. Again, the 3am ad, winning NH??? These are not
signs of racism. If you respect a candidate, you run against them on the merits,
which Hillary has done.
DB: Just ask Hillary why is she apologizing to Black folks
at every turn. And now Obama has to denounce his pastor.
ME: She doesn’t have to. She just is because she doesn’t want
anyone to feel alienated or offended. I can not believe that’s what you really
see. How sad.
DB: I defended the Clintons and it was Black people who kept
their asses in office.
Now, show respect and not indifference or worse insularity and more insults.
I am not checking my black or feminist credentials into the locker box for
ME: Let’s agree on some things. I have never walked a mile
in your shoes. I am outraged by the continued institutional racism in our justice
system, in our educational system, in our society. We are not at odds here.
As far as McCain goes, I dislike him, and his extremist supporters. I do think
that if you believe Hillary Clinton is a racist or has employed a racist campaign
strategy, you are overreaching to the extreme.
DB: She’s the one apologizing to Black folks. Not me.
Not You. She is the one saying I regret. Not me. Not you.
ME: Yes, because she doesn’t want any one to be offended. She’s
a buck stops here person. I think that’s an admirable quality.
DB: Blacks have been deeply wounded by the duplicity of the
Clintons . Now, you may not like it or agree. But as a black person who helped
saved the Clinton presidency, please just respect what I am saying. [emphasis
added] Again, you disagree. But, I honestly believe the wounds will not heal.
It’s personal and the Clintons have shown their darker demons. [emphasis
added] Now, I will end it here. I was Al Gore’s Campaign Manager. Let
the buck stop here. If I make a decision to go with Obama, people read it as
Al Gore hates the Clintons. So, I stay above the bull and do not take bull from
the Clintons or the Obamas or the McCains. I don’t owe anybody a dime.
And if I counted who has helped me since 2000, it’s Republican men and not Democrats.
Go figure and good night.