The Washington Post has some more tasty morsels out of Donna Brazile’s book on the 2016 election campaign, if you like your tasty morsels coated in Drano. Y’all, if you had longtime respect for Donna Brazile, going back decades in Democratic politics, prepare to drill a skull in your noggin with the nearest power tool.
First, Brazile ignited Dresden over the rooftops of the Democratic party by writing that she had found the “cancer” in the Democratic party that she was horrified to have inform Bernie Sanders, but yeah, shit weren’t kosher.
(What she had found, in actuality, was that Hillary for America had in 2015 signed a Joint Fundraising Agreement with the DNC — as did Bernie — and that Hillary had insisted, since Debbie Wasserman Schultz was fucking everything up, on having right of refusal on DNC communications hires, as well as any other job openings. In 2016, after Hillary was the nominee, they signed another JFA that gave Hillary’s campaign more control, as has happened in every election for decades. That was the worst thing she found — and she looked! Politico reported this in 2015 — an article that also noted that the Gore campaign, which Donna Brazile managed — had insisted on exerting exactly the same control over hiring before he was the nominee.)
But today is extra fuckin’ special, as WaPo reveals that Brazile — who, again, just lit a shitstorm about untoward “cancers” in the DNC, which she then said never actually did anything to favor one candidate over another — writes blithely about her desire to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee.
At the time, Hillary Clinton was suffering from pneumonia — or, as the rightwing media insisted, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, mental retardation, uranium poisoning, and death. And Brazile was getting some calls from people about replacing Clinton as nominee if she were “incapacitated.”
Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”
In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the removal of Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.
Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. But then, she writes, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
Oh. How good of Brazile not to singlehandedly anoint a nominee who hadn’t even run for the office, because girls’ feelings would be hurt. How good of her not to use her apparently limitless power to antidemocratically remove a duly elected nominee, when she would later go on to complain of things being somehow tilted, while she swears they were not actually tilted, to one.
And by the fucking way.
Brazile describes in wrenching detail Clinton’s bout with pneumonia. On Sept. 9, she saw the nominee backstage at a Manhattan gala and she seemed “wobbly on her feet” and had a “rattled cough.” Brazile recommended Clinton see an acupuncturist.
YOU HAVE BAD JUDGMENT DONNA BRAZILE. ACUPUNCTURE IS NOT A GOOD CURE FOR PNEUMONIA.
But let’s say Brazile really was concerned Clinton was “incapacitated”; the Clinton campaign did nobody any favors by keeping Clinton’s health a mystery. But if she were truly incapacitated, the DNC should have selected Bernie Sanders to replace her. You know: the man who ran second for the nomination. (And by the bye: If Bernie had been elected as the nominee, and the DNC singlehandedly decided to replace him, Wonkette would have pitched a shit-fit that would break the grid in Puerto Rico.) Not Joe Biden because he sent a tingle up Donna Brazile’s leg.
“Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” Brazile writes. But, she adds, “No matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her.”
Donna Brazile, I don’t know what the fuck is in your skull right now, but it’s certainly not self-awareness of any kind, since you’re bitching about things being rigged while also conspiring to remove a democratically elected nominee because you didn’t like her “odor of failure.”
I’d just say it’s a good thing Anthony Weiner’s continued existence on Planet Earth proves Hillary Clinton isn’t the murdering kind.
Fuck it, I guess this is your open thread.
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