HILLARY CLINTON’S Victory Fund signed an agreement with the DNC in August 2015, according to Donna Brazile. As she writes in Politico, a post that will exacerbate the tensions inside the Democratic Party, this signing was “just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.”
Brazile became interim DNC chairman after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was marginalized. It was Brazile who had to break what she discovered to Senator Bernie Sanders.
Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an emotional phone call. … 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.
The power grab by Hillary Clinton and her campaign, if it happened as Ms. Brazile claims, doesn’t surprise, shock or dismay me.
If you were HRC and went through 2008, where an unknown candidate came out of nowhere and orchestrated one of the most impressive campaign coups in Democratic history. How would you begin your second run for the presidency? If you’re Hillary Clinton, it begins with an all-out effort to commandeer the political party that sold you out the first time you ran.
Surely everyone remembers Senator Harry Reid’s power play to back Barack Obama. The Senate boys club did the rest.
Of course, in 2008, HRC had an inept campaign plan that didn’t consider caucus states or online donations, and that wasn’t Mr. Obama’s fault.
Neither was the fact that Secretary Clinton ran two presidential campaigns that were unimpressive, missed the obvious (caucuses), and like any seasoned politician — Republican or Democrat — felt it was HER turn.
Every man who’s ever run for president feels entitled but when a woman exhibits the same qualities it’s heresy and a political crime.
None of this excuses the machinations that are alleged by Donna Brazile. Actions that were suspected at the time and hobbled her main opponent.
This is how party politics works.
When you’re a candidate using the Democratic Party as a vessel — as Sanders clearly did — it’s difficult for me to blame Team Clinton.
What did the Sanders campaign expect? He was an independent running for the Democratic Party nomination. Why should any competitor, whether it’s Clinton or someone else, allow a non-Democrat to win the party’s election?
That wasn’t Clinton’s calculation in 2015, if what Brazile writes is correct. She was there, so she should know. Hillary’s calculation was to make sure she won the nomination the second time around.
The Clintons aren’t amateurs, so maximum effort was exerted to squelch all the competition and it was done early. That HRC was blind-sided by Senator Bernie Sanders became obvious as the primary stretched out. The actions by HRC now seemed smart, a good offensive strategy.
All I can go on is my own experience with Hillary Clinton’s campaigns but also 25 years of covering the Clintons. There was very little doubt in my mind at the time that Clinton did move to make sure she’d be the nominee.
I’ve been posting links to articles on Facebook because of what’s roiling inside the DNC. No Democrat want to face it, talk about it, or come to terms with what happened in 2016.
Making peace with what happened in the 2016 Democratic primary is not why she wrote the post for Politico.