Former interim chief of the DNC, Donna Brazile’s new book on her time within the party has caused a major uproar within the party; denials, recriminations, and perhaps more worryingly, a rehashing of 2016’s faults and blame.
The two major bombshells so far are that Hillary Clinton had undue power over the finances and human resources of the DNC in her campaign for the nomination (that had a direct and negative impact on the Bernie Sanders’ campaign), and that Brazile had considered implementing a process to take Hillary out of the running due to ill-health.
These revelations are a problem for the present DNC as many of the people involved in the campaign are still in place. They are angry and looking to get back at Brazile for exposing the cracks in the already troubled party network.
Some Democrats are looking to make a clean cut, and move away from the matter as quickly as possible. Former DNC chairman and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said of the “unique” financial arrangement Hillary Clinton had with the party:
“The timing couldn’t have been worse. It does us no good to hash out all this stuff. At this point, we should be looking to the future — what’s done is done,” he said “There was no crime committed, but it would’ve been easy to avoid. [So] I don’t think it was rigged, I think what the DNC did was just awful.”
“But we should stop talking about it; it’s passed. We can’t adjudicate it now, let’s focus on the elections Tuesday and on going forward,” Rendell added referencing Virginia’s Governor race. “There can’t be any positive that comes from it.”
President Trump, on the other hand, was not to be mollified by calls to “move on from this.” He said in a Tweet on Friday: “The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!”
Within the DNC, there are still a number of Bernie Sanders loyalists who not only feel as though their candidate was “robbed,” but that the democratic process was demeaned for the sake of party politics.
DNC Deputy Chair, Rep. Keith Ellison (a Bernie supporter), said: “we can’t allow this idea to persist that any candidate has an inside track.”
“Donna Brazile’s account cannot simply be dismissed. We must heed the call for our party to enact real reforms that ensure a fair, open, and impartial nominating process in elections to come.”
It is unknown what reforms may be taken in response to these revelations, but after the results of the Virginia election come in, there may be a call for a new head of the DNC as Tom Perez could be forced to step down.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.