Democrats di­vided

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We’re wit­ness­ing the col­lapse of the Demo­cratic

Ma­chine.

For years, this po­lit­i­cal ap­pa­ra­tus en­joyed a

Mafia-like “code of si­lence” from disil­lu­sioned whistle­blow­ers along­side an army of bootlick­ing me­dia who could re­li­ably be counted on to pro­vide a pub­lic re­la­tions shield of ar­mor — no mat­ter the crime or cor­rup­tion nip­ping at its heels.

That long-stand­ing omerta has of­fi­cially been shat­tered by one of the Demo­cratic Party’s most loyal foot sol­diers, Donna Brazile, a prom­i­nent po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tive with deep roots within the party span­ning decades.

In a shock­ing new tell-all, “Hacks: The In­side Story of the Break-ins and Break­downs That Put Don­ald Trump in the White House,” Brazile, the for­mer head of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, re­veals that early in the pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, the Hil­lary Clin­ton cam­paign used mil­lions of dol­lars at its dis­posal to take over the DNC’s fi­nances. And once Clin­ton Inc. paid the DNC’s bills, it con­trolled the party, be­fore vot­ers chose their nom­i­nee.

That raises a ques­tion: Who needs Rus­sia when lib­er­als are rig­ging their own elec­tions?

Brazile re­counts find­ing the Joint Fundrais­ing Agree­ment, a deal reached by the DNC, the Hil­lary Vic­tory Fund and Hil­lary for Amer­ica: “The agree­ment — signed by Amy Dacey, the for­mer CEO of the DNC, and (Clin­ton cam­paign man­ager) Robby Mook with a copy to (Clin­ton cam­paign coun­sel) Marc Elias — spec­i­fied that in ex­change for rais­ing money and in­vest­ing in the DNC, Hil­lary would con­trol the party’s fi­nances, strat­egy, and all the money raised. Her cam­paign had the right of re­fusal of who would be the party com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, and it would make fi­nal de­ci­sions on all the other staff. The DNC also was re­quired to con­sult with the cam­paign about all other staffing, bud­get­ing, data, an­a­lyt­ics, and mail­ings.”

So there you have it. The Clin­ton cam­paign, not un­like the Mafia, greased the “ma­chine” the old-fash­ioned way — us­ing mil­lions of dol­lars — hand­ing the for­mer sec­re­tary of state a mam­moth ad­van­tage in se­cur­ing the party’s nom­i­na­tion long be­fore Bernie San­ders sup­port­ers even got to the polls.

The irony is not lost on Repub­li­cans, who’ve seen the Trump cam­paign ac­cused — by Democrats and their friends in me­dia — of col­lud­ing with Rus­sia dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, an un­founded al­le­ga­tion; mul­ti­ple con­gres­sional in­quiries and an ag­gres­sive spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion have yet to pro­duce any vi­able ev­i­dence.

But in Democrats’ own back­yard, for­mer pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton and her cronies did col­lude with the DNC to cir­cum­vent democ­racy. And now, un­der­stand­ably, the Demo­cratic Party is split into two highly po­lar­ized branches — the es­tab­lish­ment vs. the

left wing of the party. Whether Democrats can

unify and re­build trust with vot­ers be­fore the 2018 midterm elec­tions re­mains to be seen. Un­til then, vot­ers must de­mand a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion

into the DNC’s un­eth­i­cal prac­tices. A fail­ure to do so would con­tinue to si­lence mil­lions of vot­ers’ voices — cour­tesy of

pow­er­ful mil­lion­aires with friends in high places.

Not what our Found­ing Fa­thers in­tended.

Adri­ana Co­hen is a syn­di­cated colum­nist with the Bos­ton Her­ald. Fol­low her on Twit­ter @Adri­anaCo­hen16. To find out more

about Adri­ana Co­hen and read her past col­umns, please visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate web­page at www. cre­ators.com.

ADRI­ANA CO­HEN SYN­DI­CATED COLUM­NIST

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