aside Charles Blow’s Thoughts About Donna Brazile’s Tell All Book On Hillary Clinton

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I have already stated my opinion that Donna Brazile as the former head of the Democratic National Committee had every right to have her book published. However, my analysis is that her underlying premise that the democratic candidate rigged the nomination process is way overstated.

Here are the thoughts on this subject by one of my favorite columnist…

On November 5, 2017, Charles M. Blow of the New York Times penned the following report, “The New Democratic Party.”

“A year ago this week, America made what I believe history will record as one of the greatest electoral mistakes in the life of the nation: It elected Donald Trump president of the United States.”

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“It did so while drowning in Russia-produced propaganda, under a torrent of Russia-stolen emails, facing the stiff arm of renewed voter suppression, and on the watch of a splintering and dysfunctional Democratic Party.”

“All of those caveats are valid and necessary, but they don’t undo what has been done. They rightly call into question the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency, but they don’t nullify it.”

“The only remedy is removal, and that’s a very high bar, although recent moves in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation have renewed hopes.”

“How did we get here?”

“This is becoming old saw: Russia stole and published emails and also generated fake news, all in an attempt to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected and therefore to aid Trump’s chances. What is new is knowledge of the overwhelming extent of Russia’s meddling and how it was aimed specifically at widening America’s divisions.”

“As Facebook’s general counsel testified to a Senate committee last week, 126 million Americans may have been exposed to Russia-generated content on that platform alone. As a point of reference, only 137.5 million Americans voted in the 2016 election.”

“Russia used American technology and American companies as weapons against American democracy.”

“The Democratic Party, or at least many of its highest-profile figureheads from the last election, is locked in a vicious cycle of re-examinations and recriminations. The latest of those is the controversial new political memoir, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” by Donna Brazile, about serving as acting head of the Democratic National Committee during the last legs of the campaign.”

“The book is dishy on a personal level but damaging on a political level. Maybe that’s the point. As Joy-Ann Reid wrote on The Daily Beast, “Donna Brazile may be burning the village in order to save it.”

“But at a time when Trump is scrambling for anything at all to distract from Mueller’s plodding — and fruitful — investigation, is it the right time to start a three-alarm?”

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“I don’t begrudge anyone the right to tell his or her own story, but my focus now is on protecting the country from Trump, and nothing else.”

“Brazile contended on ABC’s “This Week” that there would be no truly good time for her to release her book, and that people questioning the timing could “go to hell.” The problem is that we’re already in hell and trying to dig our way out, and many of us are crestfallen when any obstacle is added that might impede that effort.”

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“A Newsweek cover story last week declared, “Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats.” He is a joke on the international stage. He is pushing us closer to an unthinkable nuclear conflict with North Korea. He is inflaming racial tensions by siding with the racists. His Justice Department is chipping away at civil rights. His Environmental Protection Agency is seemingly trying to do everything at odds with protecting the environment. And now Trump and the Republicans want to give the rich a giant wet kiss of a tax break.”

“The reign of Trump is the reign of ruin. That is why the Resistance is needed now more than ever.”

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“That’s the good news. The Resistance is strong and resolute, passionate and focused. The historic Women’s March has continued its work with a convention last month in Detroit. Resistance groups like Indivisible have continued their organizing and pressure. Indivisible now boasts that “across the nation, over 5,800 local groups (at least two in every congressional district) are using the Indivisible Guide to hold their members of Congress accountable.” And, as CNN reported on Saturday, there is an overwhelming surge of Democratic women interested in running for office.”

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“More people in polls appear to be waking to the reality that Trump is a walking failure who built his legend and his fortune on the lies that he was savvy and shrewd and a consummate deal maker. They are also waking to the very real possibility that all these Trump campaign contacts with Russians that everyone on the campaign seemed to forget may not be an epidemic of amnesia, but instead a widespread effort to cover something up.”

“Liberals have the will and determination to turn this giant mistake around, to pressure their elected officials or possibly replace them. They have the resolve to resist Trump by every means at their disposal, while clinging to the hope that he might one day be replaced.”

“The only issue I see is that these efforts seem to be operating separately from the national Democratic Party, a dinosaur of bureaucratic machinery in an evolved age of direct democratic action.”

“Liberalism has leapt over the Democratic Party. Liberalism has its eye on a new beginning, while the mainstream party is stuck looking backward and bickering. The Resistance isn’t part of the old Democratic Party; The Resistance is the new Democratic Party, or at least its future.”


    • Dear Gary J.,

      You are right in thinking that this is all about nothing besides the former head of the Democratic National Convention, Donna Brazile selling a lot of her books.

      There is something that within the USA needs to learn from Ms. Brazile’s book. She was constantly calling the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with concerns she heard about as she was talking to folks around the country. Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s staff would always say they knew what they were doing and they had everything under control. They were not listening to any suggestions.

      Their arrogance helps to explain why Mrs. Clinton lost and Mr. Trump is living in the White House. And of course Donna Brazile is a bit out of sorts which explains the book.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  1. Gronda, having seen her interviewed twice, Brazile is forthright and looking to improve the party. She is and was supportive of HRC’s efforts. With that said, it did seem the party revealed its preference for HRC to win. Rigging is too strong a word, I believe. At the convention, there was a clear effort to quiet dissent and galvanize around HRC. Some of the Sanders folks who felt disenfranchised walked out and either voted against HRC or did not vote at all. That aided her demise in November. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      There is no question that the DNC was set up to favor Hillary Clinton. But remember that President Obama had to face the same situation because that was the way the game was played. President Obama figured out a way to work around the DNC and he won. Bernie Sanders whined but he didn’t figure out how to play the system.

      That doesn’t mean that there should not be more effort by the DNC officials to treat all feasible candidates more fairly.

      But dealing with reality, President Obama did leave the DNC with a financial burden of $25 million dollars because he did not feel any loyalty towards the it.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Call me naive, but I was disheartened and disappointed that Clinton didn’t ask Bernie Sanders to be her running-mate. In retrospect, whatever her reasons, it was a huge mistake. Bernie would have clobbered Trump if he was the Democratic candidate and I believe he would have helped Clinton win as her running-mate.

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    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      I’m in agreement. Hillary Clinton needed to let peoples know that she would take risks and that she would do her best to bring peoples together. That decision to not select Senator Sanders and to go with Mr.Tim Kaine, was the safe option but not the right one.

      Hugs, Gronda.


  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    The disastrous outcome of the 2016 election could have been prevented in so many ways, but it serves no purpose to look back and cry. When we look back, it should be to learn lessons from mistakes made. The “new” Democratic Party is being built as we speak, and friend Gronda has shared an excellent post about that. Please take a few moments to read! Thank you, Gronda!!!

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  4. So many mistakes were made, and of course the fact that Trump ran a smear campaign, aided by the Russians, didn’t help. At the end of the day, I believe two things: Trump won only because too many couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary Clinton, and the biggest reason people couldn’t bring themselves to vote for her is because she is a woman. Certainly there are many, many other factors, but I think this is the bare bones basis of it. Good post, Gronda … I have re-blogged. Thank you!

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    • Dear Jill,

      I am convinced that misogyny was a major factor in Hillary Clinton losing the election. But there were also republicans who hated her beyond reason.

      I admire her for not quitting despite all the obstacles. No one runs a perfect campaign. Life happens.

      It is just that the consequences have been so serious.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, Jill, I was following your comments. I agree misogyny played a big role. Very few men could match her credentials.

        I would have picked Senator Cory Booker. He is an impressive young leader and could have debated circles around Pence and solidly an unethusuastic young and black voters. He would have shown the future to Dems. Keith

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      • Yes, the consequences have been serious indeed. Early in the year, I said it would take decades to repair the damage, but now … it will take even longer, I think, and I think this nation will never be the same. Sad how just one ‘man’ can do so much damage, not only to this nation, but globally. Hugs!

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