Donna Brazile’s strategic blunder

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When Politico published an excerpt from Donna Brazile’s upcoming book, she acknowledged what many of us assumed all along – that the DNC ceded control of the party to a yet-undeclared candidate’s campaign.

In the Politico excerpt, Brazile dramatically described her emotional state as she sought to “get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process.”

And by September 7, 2016, she “had found the proof and it broke my heart.”

Those are both direct quotes from Brazile’s piece.

And yet.

When President Trump tweeted out this:

Brazile responded by tweeting this:

She never said it?

Go back to the above quote from the excerpt from her book published at Politico.

Here. Let me put the quotes in context:

I had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested.

And then, just three paragraphs later she writes:

By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart.

President Trump didn’t misquote Donna Brazile at all.

In other words, she lied.

So why is she denying what she herself wrote?

I don’t know about you. But I think that’s a pertinent question to ask.

Well, I think I know why.

In releasing these excerpts, Donna Brazile made a strategic blunder.

Perhaps Brazile thought Hillary Clinton was on the outs and losing power within the party.

So tossing Team Clinton under the bus would be both profitable and advantageous for her.

I’m guessing Brazile’s book probably has a lot of nonsensical drivel about Russia colluding with President Trump.

But the whole RussiaGate story is collapsing and nobody cares anymore.

So when given the opportunity to excerpt portions of her book to goose first-day sales, Brazile chose to release the more salacious “inside story” stuff about the Clinton campaign.

But what she didn’t expect was the coordinated counterattack from Team Clinton, the news media and thousands of irate Hillary supporters.

And I’m sure President Trump tweeting about what she revealed only made matters worse.

Releasing the book isn’t about getting to the truth. Nor is it an effort to purge foreign influence in our elections.

Donna Brazile is releasing this book for one reason. Money.

And the more salacious the pre-publication excerpts are, the more likely people will buy the book.

It’s like a movie trailer.

You show all the exciting scenes and skip the dry, boring dialogue part in order to pique interest.

But choosing to go after Team Clinton in the way that she has is biting her on the ass big league.

Case in point. The Washington Post set off a firestorm yesterday when it released an article about the book with this headline:

“Donna Brazile: I considered replacing Clinton with Biden as 2016 Democratic nominee.”

Specifically, Brazile considered replacing her because of Hillary’s ungainly collapse in front of cameras on September 11.

[And you guys doubted me when I said that Hillary Clinton lost the election on the weekend of September 9, 2016. Even Democrats knew how bad that collapse was.]

But this revelation is already blowing up in Donna’s face.

Even the Washington Post quickly backtracked — adding this “clarification.”

This story has been updated to clarify the process that Donna Brazile considered initiating to have Hillary Clinton replaced as the Democratic presidential nominee. As interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Brazile was not empowered to replace her unilaterally. Reactions from former Clinton campaign officials have also been added.

In other words, the explosive headline was click-bait. And the problem is, it exploded all over Donna Brazile.

Brazile’s goal in writing this book isn’t to get to the truth.

And it certainly isn’t an honest account of what happened. That much is clear in how Brazile casts herself as both the hero and the victim of the story.

No. The purpose is a cynical one.

Cold hard cash.

And in this quest for cash, Donna Brazile made an enormous strategic blunder.

Namely, she is making a hell of a lot of enemies – most notably the Clinton people.

On Medium, Clinton campaign operatives released an open letter disputing Brazile’s latest claim.

But even in this open letter, the Clinton-originated “Russia stole the election” narrative is front and center:

We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees. It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health. [Emphasis mine (and theirs)]

Did you see the video of Hillary collapsing on September 11, 2016?

I posted it here to Patriot Retort immediately after it happened.

That incident occurred right before our eyes. So how on earth was it “Russian-fueled propaganda?”

But, if you read the Podesta emails, this knee-jerk obsession with making sure talking points are front and center is standard operating procedure for Team Clinton. It’s how they deflect and change the subject.

But that’s neither here nor there.

Frankly, I don’t understand how Donna Brazile could misjudge the Clinton Team so badly.

And trust me. She misjudged them.

And now they are coming after her.

Which, by the way, makes this nugget of information from the Post’s article all the more ironic:

Brazile writes that she was haunted by the still-unsolved murder of DNC data staffer Seth Rich and feared for her own life, shutting the blinds to her office window so snipers could not see her and installing surveillance cameras at her home. She wonders whether Russians had placed a listening device in plants in the DNC executive suite.

Really?

So she thought the Russians murdered Seth Rich?

And she feared for her own life because of the Russians?

Donna, honey. You just wrote a book that in part goes after the Hillary campaign.

I don’t think it’s the Russians you should be worrying about.

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