“Forget What I Said Before” could and perhaps should be the title of a new Time Magazine essay written by former interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile. The democratic pundit finally and very publicly admitted she sent primary debate questions to the Clinton campaign before the contest was held. You may remember, Brazile’s attempt to help Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination was exposed when WikiLeaks leaked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.
This comes in stark contrast to what Brazile previously and famously said on flat screens far and wide. She even claimed that those who did not believe her multiple denials of secretly giving Hillary the skinny were subjecting her to persecution. In an interview with Fox News, she said: “As a Christian woman, I understand persecution, but I will not sit here and be persecuted.” The Roman soldiers standing behind her immediately sheathed their swords after hearing this powerful protestation of innocence.
Now, it seems Ms. Brazile is singing a different tune. In the Time piece, she writes:
In October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign…
No kidding. Later, Brazile defended her decision to provide the Clinton campaign with the debate questions. In an appearance on the Daily Show, she said:
Well, first of all, I didn’t have my hands in the cookie jar. I’m an operative, I’m a strategist, and part of what my role was, in addition to being a “political pundit” was to help advance the cause of justice and equality. Okay. So think about, we have six debates. I started to fight for more debates. I started to fight to ensure that Bernie and Hillary had an opportunity to talk about these issues, talk about the Flint water crisis, talk about criminal justice reform, and that was my role. Now, the Wikileaks version is the Russian version. My own version is that, had you saw my e-mails to Bernie, you would have known that I was communicating with Bernie just as much as I was communicating with Hillary, Martin O’Malley. Because that’s what you do.
The Russian version? Of course! Brazile is not responsible for the consequences of her actions — it was all Vladimir Putin’s fault. Why take responsibility when you can play the blame game? Ms. Brazile also claims that she communicated with Bernie Sanders as much as she corresponded with Hillary Clinton. However, the issue isn’t whether or not she was in contact with Sanders. The issue is that she helped Hillary Clinton by giving her an edge in the debates against Sanders.
The reality is this: The culpability for the downfall of the Democratic party lies squarely with the Democratic party. Donna Brazile’s blatant attempt to sway the nomination in Clinton’s favor — and her subsequent decision to attribute the backlash to the Russians is the type of conduct that has alienated voters from the Democratic party. Instead of taking responsibility for their actions, they are telling the American public that they are not accountable for their current woes.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, Americans are not buying it.