Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Donna Brazile, divider extraordinaire

TalkLeft's Big Tent Democrat soundly criticizes Democratic National Committee's Donna Brazile and his remarks are spot on:

Donna Brazile has been the most divisive and destructive force in the Democratic Party this year. She engineered the Florida/Michigan fiasco, threatened to bolt the Party if the super delegates did not do her bidding and now has taken to publicly smearing the Clinton campaign:

Despite Obama's impressive victories in February, Clinton's comeback is based on sowing political seeds of doubt," said Donna Brazile, a Democratic strategist and one of nearly 800 party leaders known as superdelegates for their ability to determine the nomination. "In order to clinch the nomination, he must anticipate the worst attacks ever."

. . . "If these attacks are contrasts based on policy differences, there is no need to stop the race or halt the debate," Brazile said. "But, if this is more division, more diversion from the issues and more of the same politics of personal destruction, chairman Dean and other should be on standby."

BTD recommended that Donna should "look in the mirror." However, I doubt Brazile is capable of being honest with herself.

When the DNC stripped Florida of its delegates for moving its primary up to Jan. 29, 2008, Donna, a member of the rules committee, advocated "swift and harsh punishment for Florida" and said the "states' desire to be more relevant in the nominating process does not excuse violations of rules intended to make the system fair for everyone." That's real smart. Alienate the nation's fourth most populated state, a battleground that has played a crucial role in recent presidential politics. Yeah, that's unifying and so good for the party. Donna completely ignored good reasons--accusing Florida of having state envy--instead of understanding the justification for the primary date change:

State party officials also said they prefer to keep the official voting on Jan. 29 because a property tax initiative they hope to defeat will be on the ballot that day. Turning the Democratic presidential primary into a meaningless event would probably mean lower turnout among the party's faithful and make it harder to defeat the initiative, they said.

"Defeating a horrible referendum on Jan. 29 . . . is a top priority for every constituent group I am aware of," said Terrie Brady, a DNC member and former chair of the Florida state party.

The DNC could have granted a waiver for Florida's 2008 preferred primary date. That's part of the rules, too. Instead, as in Brazile's case, they punished Floridian voters with divisive, short-sighted bullheadedness by denying them their convention delegates.

Now Florida delegates hang in limbo in a tight race for the presidential nomination. One can argue rules are rules, but the DNC allows the rules committee to make exceptions. Florida should have been that exception for the good of the state's property taxpayers and primary voters. As BTD summed up:

Donna Brazile is a disgrace. She has been perhaps the most destructive force in the Democratic Party today.

In the meantime, as a regular CNN commentator, Brazile continues to speak negatively of Sen. Hillary Clinton. Based on her Hillary-hatred and dumb judgment, no wonder she opposes seating the Floridian delegates. Who is she speaking for, anyway? Hint: His last name begins with an "O." And surprise! Surprise!

A senior Obama adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Obama's team will respond to Tuesday's results by going negative on Clinton — raising questions about her tax records and the source of donations to the Clinton presidential library, among skeletons in the Clintons' past.

That's some new kind of politics, no? I can't wait to hear the spin about how "new" negative political attacks are. But don't hold your breath waiting for Brazile's denunciation of "more of the same politics of personal destruction" as promised by the Obama camp.

IOKIYAO (hat tip).