Politico is reporting that the Democratic National Committee is hiring a Hillary Clinton fundraiser to be their new finance director, and while I’m sure the general public doesn’t actually care, it does raise a point that the DNC seems to be unable to comprehend, even with it’s incredibly incompetent former leader stepping down.
Angelique Cannon-Harris, who is currently Clinton’s deputy national finance director for the mid-Atlantic region, will soon move into the DNC’s offices on Capitol Hill, “but her main job is to be mid-Atlantic finance director,” Clinton finance director Dennis Cheng told DNC staff on a Saturday afternoon conference call during which new DNC executive director Brandon Davis announced the pick.
The move marks yet another subsuming of the DNC to the Clinton campaign, with its finance operation for the entire party being put under the responsibility of an aide who reports back to Brooklyn first.
A DNC official confirmed the call, calling it “another step since the Convention to seamlessly integrate our respective operations in order to help elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot.”
The question will ultimately become whether or not Cannon-Harris remains at the job, or if it is just an interim appointment. If it’s the former, then we see exactly why Bernie Sanders and any other insurrection movement in the future will happen: the Democratic Party is tying all of its hopes and dreams to the Clinton Machine, which has only its own interests at heart and certainly not the general population’s.
If her appointment is just temporary, then the DNC has the chance to begin separating itself from Clinton, who could very well be a one-term president. Her age and health, along with the demands of a job that is well known to suck the life out of its holders, will do a lot to make a second run at president extremely difficult. She will probably not see another challenger of note from her own side, but she will definitely face a well-rested opponent from the Republican Party, one eager to take advantage of every bad thing that can and will happen for the next four years.
But, the DNC has proven itself to not be that smart. It kept Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on well past her prime and let her nearly muck things up for the rest of the party. It has brought back Donna Brazile, who is much more prolific and much more charismatic than DWS ever could hope to be… But Brazile is very much a Clinton person. If the DNC decided to keep Clinton people around long after the Clintons have come and gone, then it cannot hope to expand its hopelessly shallow bench.
Luckily, I don’t much care if they don’t fix themselves. It helps me sleep better at night knowing that my side has much less competition. Gives us a chance to rebuild after our own tremendous mistake.