The blockbuster information revealed by former Democratic National Committee (DNC) interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile in POLITICO Magazine may bring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton down. But whether it does or not, one has to ask: how could she have ever lost her bid to become president?
One thing is certain: Brazile’s name has likely been scratched off the Clinton’s Christmas card list this year, after she exposed evidence of Clinton’s underhanded political tactics in the 2016 campaign. Brazile says she found a document detailing how Clinton’s campaign helped bail out the debt-ridden DNC in exchange for control of “the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised.”
Apparently, Clinton was playing to “win at any cost.”
Nomination bought and paid for
Brazile released excerpts of her forthcoming book, which described her experience as the party’s interim chair after Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida left that position amid scandal immediately after the Democratic National Convention.
After Clinton was nominated as the party’s standard-bearer, Brazile promised Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, that she would look into any machinations by the Clintons to rig the primary process. It turned out that they had.
Brazile wrote, “I at last found the document that described it all: the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America.”
The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to 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.
In return for helping the DNC with much of the $24 million debt that then-President Barack Obama had racked up, Clinton was placed on the on-ramp of the freeway to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
“By Sept. 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart,” Brazile recalled.
But her broken heart was short-lived. She later forwarded debate questions to Clinton that she’d obtained while serving as a CNN contributor. It resulted in the loss of her gig with CNN, but gave Clinton a leg up in that network’s debate.
The beat goes on
Clinton’s “win at any cost” game plan didn’t end there. There was also the infamous Fusion GPS dossier that accused her Republican rival for the White House of sexual shenanigans — which were totally unproven.
When the dossier first surfaced, Clinton claimed to have no knowledge of either its existence or how it was financed. Evidence soon began pouring in that proved that both the DNC and the Clinton campaign not only knew about the dossier, but actually paid for it, however, prompting them to change their tune. Now they claim there was nothing wrong with it — they were merely engaged in “opposition research.”
Apparently, the truth to the Clintons is whatever happens to serve their purpose at any given moment. But it may have been too little, too late in this instance.
The Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint late last month with the Federal Election Commission. It accuses both the DNC and Clinton’s campaign of breaking campaign finance law for their failure to disclose the funds they spent for the Fusion GPS dossier.
All this, taken together with all the other campaign dirty tricks the Clintons and the DNC engaged in makes one return to the question asked at the beginning — how could she have lost?
Mark Young, co-host, along with Chuck Woolery, of “Blunt Force Truth,” put it best. He tweeted:
It must suck to hijack your party, steal a nomination, turn the DNC into money laundromat,bury any evidence against you, finance fake dossier on opponent,swipe the debate questions, and promise free everything, and still lose to someone you call incompetent.
The answer is that despite all the tricks, the lies and the coverups, the American people still weren’t deceived when they went to the polls last November 8.