Donna Brazile sees the light

Hil­lary and Bill have been de­fac­ing the Demo­cratic Party since Arkansas days

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By R. Em­mett Tyrrell Jr.

Af­ter more than two decades of writ­ing about the Clin­tons, it is pretty dispir­it­ing to see how my friends, the Democrats, have ig­nored my find­ings about that ra­pa­cious cou­ple. I rather like the two-party sys­tem. Yet ever since the Clin­tons came to na­tional at­ten­tion — and to the at­ten­tion of var­i­ous law en­force­ment of­fi­cials — they have done lit­tle for the Demo­cratic Party ex­cept en­rich them­selves, a mat­ter I have ac­tu­ally writ­ten sev­eral books about. Well, all I can say is that I tried, but all for naught.

Even when in the last elec­tion the Democrats lost some­thing like 1,000 seats around the coun­try, though in Wash­ing­ton schmooz­ing with their friends in the me­dia, they paid lit­tle heed. Even Hil­lary, the in­evitable one, lost, and to a man who had never run for high of­fice in all of his 70 years. The Democrats got no wake-up call. They blamed it on the Rus­sians, and to­day’s Rus­sians are not even com­mu­nists. It is all pretty de­press­ing.

If the Democrats fail to rid them­selves of the in­cor­ri­gi­ble Clin­tons soon, there may well be no Demo­cratic Party left to aban­don in 2020. If they had only be­gun to take my writ­ing se­ri­ously back in 1996 they might still con­trol thou­sands of seats of power that now have gone to the treach­er­ous Repub­li­cans. Amer­ica might still be a twoparty coun­try.

Yet I am not com­pletely dis­con­so­late. There sud­denly ap­pears on the scene a reader of my books, and she sits atop the Demo­cratic Party. Her name is Donna Brazile, and she re­cently served as in­terim chair to the en­tire party. She is also a long­time Demo­cratic strate­gist and a tele­vi­sion com­men­ta­tor of great gifts. When­ever I have seen her, she has struck me as thought­ful and open-minded, at least rel­a­tively open-minded. Now she has writ­ten a book, “Hacks: The In­side Story of the Break-Ins and the Break­downs That Put Don­ald Trump in the White House.” It is quite good, though if you have been read­ing me for two decades there is lit­tle here that will sur­prise you.

Yet com­ing from a mem­ber of the Demo­cratic hi­er­ar­chy, the book is sheer rev­e­la­tion. The party may be wak­ing up.

Among the book’s dis­clo­sures is the rev­e­la­tion that Pres­i­dent Obama left the party bank­rupt. More­over, the Clin­tons in Au­gust of 2015 made an ar­range­ment to take over the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee while in con­trol of Hil­lary’s cam­paign. That would be well be­fore Hil­lary won the nom­i­na­tion from poor old Bernie San­ders. His sub­se­quent con­test was ap­par­ently a cha­rade.

The agree­ment, Ms. Brazile writes, “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.” And Ms. Brazile goes on, “Her cam­paign had the right of re­fusal of who would be the party com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor, and it would make fi­nal de­ci­sions on all other staff. The DNC also was re­quired to con­sult with the cam­paign about all other staffing, bud­get­ing, data, an­a­lyt­ics, and mail­ings.” This the au­thor says was “not il­le­gal, but it sure looked un­eth­i­cal.” Ms. Brazile, that has been the Clin­tons’ modus operandi since Arkansas. Did I not try to tell you?

The Clin­tons have come up with noth­ing new since their days back in Arkansas, a state that has be­come ever more Repub­li­can since they headed up north. Ev­ery time Bill was up for elec­tion the shifty loans be­gan, the des­per­ate ploys for more money, the no-holds­barred lunges for votes. It was the be­gin­ning of what be­came what we now call Clin­ton, Inc. Ms. Brazile speaks of the mood of “self­sat­is­fac­tion and in­evitabil­ity” around the Clin­ton cam­paign’s head­quar­ters in 2016. It was the same fated at­mos­phere that I re­marked on in 2008. In fact, the Clin­ton crowd ran the same cam­paign in 2016 as Hil­lary ran in 2008 and with the same out­come. She was de­feated in both races by be­gin­ners.

What is rather amaz­ing is all the ex­alted claims that have been made for her as a politi­cian and a pol­icy wonk. At one point in 2016, Pres­i­dent Obama was call­ing her “the most qual­i­fied pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in his­tory.” Ac­tu­ally, the ex­alted claims have en­dured since her Arkansas days. Re­mem­ber Bill say­ing a vote for him was a vote for two ge­niuses, “two for the price of one”? She still has cred­u­lous sup­port­ers out there claim­ing she is a ge­nius. Well, now with the ar­rival of Ms. Brazile, we fi­nally do have “two for the price of one.” Both Bill and Hil­lary are about to re­tire. Where does that leave the Demo­cratic Party? Does it leave the party as bank­rupt as for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama left it? I am afraid it does. R. Em­mett Tyrrell Jr. is edi­tor in chief of The Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor. He is au­thor of “The Death of Lib­er­al­ism,” pub­lished by Thomas Nel­son Inc.


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