FILE – In this July 26, 2016, file photo, Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Donna Brazile speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. After losing the White House and Congress–and likely the ideological tilt of the Supreme Court–the Democrats’ new chief will be one of the Democrats’ most visible faces in politics, making the role a far more influential post than it was during the Obama administration. Already, around a dozen Democrats have been publicly floated to succeed interim chairwoman Brazile, who replaced Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in July after she was caught up in a hacking scandal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Well, this escalated quickly.
Donna Brazile, a Fox News Contributor, went on an incredibly bizarre rant this morning on the topic of the Democrats possibly taking the nomination away from Bernie Sanders at a brokered convention. It spanned the gambit, from telling GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to “go to hell,” to floating Russian conspiracy theories.
Good hire here Fox.
The former chair of the DNC Donna Brazile just told @GOPChairwoman
to "Go to hell!"
THE LEFT IS COMPLETELY UNHINGED.
Donna Brazile's comments are completely DISGUSTING. pic.twitter.com/k6BlChnQ3l
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 3, 2020
Brazile repeats the “go to hell” charge several times in the above clip. It’s pretty stunning to see and the anchors apparently thought it not important to settle her down. I have a feeling if McDaniel had said this to Brazile in 2016, it would be front page news and widely condemned, but this will get little play.
Past the ridiculous rhetoric, though, McDaniel is right. Further, Brazile knows she’s right, which is why she never bothers to actually factually rebut the assertion. If the Democrats get to a brokered convention and Bernie isn’t up at least by a significant margin, they are not going to give him the nomination and the smoky back rooms will be suffocating. That’s not a secret and it’s not controversial to offer as an opinion. Secondly, the idea that the DNC and the Democrat establishment haven’t colluded the past few weeks to deny Bernie the nomination is pure gaslighting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting Democrats leaders can’t kneecap Bernie within the rules of the system, but don’t treat people like they are idiots in the process. We all know what’s happening here.
Brazile then starts rantings about Russian talking points, which has basically become the go to for most Democrats when they don’t want to have to actually deal with an issue. Just claiming Putin wants something and pronouncing the conversation over is much easier than having an intellectually honest debate. Regardless, what the DNC and Democrats are doing to Bernie is not a Russian talking point. It’s reality, and they will have to live with the blow back of that.
Lastly, she complains that the Republicans have “cancelled primaries.” Well yes, because in many states, competitors to President Trump haven’t even qualified for the ballot and there’s zero reason to spend money on a pointless primary. Primaries were cancelled by Democrats when Obama was an incumbent as well. Brazile knows that framing is nonsense but uses it anyway.
I get that Fox News wants to present itself as a “fair and balanced” network, even as CNN and others continually trash them, but come on. Donna Brazile is a disgraced former DNC leader who leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton. Why is she a contributor? But hey, whatever. It’s entertaining at least and that’s what the news media is really about these days, whether they want to admit it or not.
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