Oh this is good.
The Intercept reports that:
During an event at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening for her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,“ Brazile weighed in on Gillibrand’s statement about Clinton and whether Democratic candidates should campaign with the Clintons during the 2018 midterm election campaign.
“Absolutely, no doubt, and let me tell you something,” Brazile said. “I worked for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, OK, part of my formative years. Bill Clinton was impeached. In 1998, I went over to the DNC, I left my job with [Reps.] Eleanor Holmes Norton and Dick Gephardt to go over to the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] and the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] and the DNC, and we came within five seats [of taking the House in the 1998 midterm elections]. Bill Clinton paid a huge price and I know everybody wants to re-litigate it today and rather than talk about Roy Moore, a man who has been banned from the mall, and not want to talk about sexual harassment — sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in our society and the workplace.”
At the book event, Brazile said she was worried that the focus on individuals like Bill Clinton would distract from the broader problem. “It’s not just celebrities. It’s not just politicians. It’s not just comedians. Rather than address this issue, we’re trying to make this out of a political issue like, ‘Oh, should he do this and should he’ — this is a pervasive problem in the workplace, and we need to give encouragement to the people who are coming forward with their story,” she added.
“I believe the women and we should stop trying to distract from the issue at hand, which is sexual harassment. It is immoral, it’s wrong, and it doesn’t matter if it occurred 30 years ago or if it occurred last night. We need to speak out and give voice to what is happening in our society.”
Despite Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 election, Brazile said the Democratic Party needs the Clintons out on the campaign trail. She applauded the Clintons for helping “recruit” new faces for the party.
“I am grateful for their service. Bill Clinton was in Puerto Rico yesterday. I know a little bit about, you know, not having running water after a storm. I know a little bit about what it’s like to have your roof blown off your head after a storm. I am proud that Bill Clinton has continued his service. He’s not perfect. I’m not perfect. John 8 said he or she without sin – I put ‘she.’ I know the men who wrote the Bible didn’t understand that women had a role too, but — cast the first stone,” Brazile said.
“The Clintons have been extremely effective in helping the Democratic Party recruit the next generation of candidates and much more. We need Bernie Sanders out there. We need Hillary Clinton out there. We need Joe Biden out there. When your party has been in the wilderness; when you’ve lost 932 state legislative seats and 11 gubernatorial seats; when you’ve lost over 63 congressional seats, we can’t afford to be going out there and saying, ‘Donna, sit your butt home. Bill, sit your butt home.’ We need everybody to get their butts out there and win in 2018 and beyond – that’s where I stand,” she added.
This is rich on so many levels. I’ll just focus on three issues that spring out from her remarks.
First, Donna Brazile wants Bill Clinton to campaign for Democrats during the 2018 elections, even though he is accused of, among other things:
- Raping Juanita Broadrick,
- Sexually assaulting Kathleen Whiley,
- Sexually harassing Paula Jones, and
- Sexually assaulting Leslie Millwee.
This is in addition to the recent allegations made by four women that Clinton sexually assaulted them after he was President.
But you see, it’s ok for Clinton to campaign for Democrats, because Donna Brazile believes the women.
Second, Brazile thinks that because he isn’t perfect, and nobody is perfect, not only should nobody complain about what Clinton did to specific women, it is perfectly acceptable for Clinton to campaign. For support, she refers to John 8, in which Jesus challenges those without sin to cast the first stone against an adulteress.
In the most charitable way possible, Brazile’s argument is sanctimonious bullshit. While she wants people to pay less attention to Bill Clinton, she wants people to more attention to Ray Moore because he is alleged to have harassed teen aged girls! She can’t have it both ways!
Or she can try, but then that would make her just another Democrat.
Finally, the primary reason Brazile wants Clinton on the road is she believes he is an effective campaigner and candidate recruiter. But is he really as good as she makes him out to be? After the 2016 election, The Atlantic published an article suggesting that the Democratic party is in serious trouble. Not only did the Jackasses lose the White House and both houses of Congress, but Republicans won the most state governorships since 1922. The Democratic party’s leadership is aging, its bench is weak, and given the sexual harassment allegations hovering over several key leaders, it has a significant image problem.
Having said everything, if Brazile really wants Clinton to go on the campaign trail, who am I to complain? If his presence during the next election further deteriorates the Democratic brand, that would be a-ok by me.
After all, the sooner the Democratic party disappears from American politics, the better.