The long knives are coming out in the Democratic Party’s corridors of power and it’s already getting ugly.
John reported yesterday about a contentious meeting of the Democratic National Committee where acting-Chair Donna Brazile got an earful from a staffer named “Zach.” The impassioned speech, as reported by Huffington Post, is a classic example of the Left’s apocalyptic chickens coming home to roost:
“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this? You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself. You are part of the problem. You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”
Precious, right? But, let’s face it, if you actually believe the fear mongering that has become the bread and butter of Democratic Party strategy every election cycle, then you’d be upset that the world’s oceans were about to overtake the island of Manhattan too.
Meanwhile, Democrats are lobbying their colleagues in DC over the choice of DNC Chairperson going forward. An early favorite appears to be Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first Muslim to serve in the House of Representatives.
During the general election he wasn’t shy in his opinion of Donald Trump or other Republicans. He referred to Trump as a fascist, referred to a Cruz adviser as being equivalent to a Klansman and is a big supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. So, yeah, he fits it nicely with the DNC.
Meanwhile, unhinged and clueless Howard Dean has let it be known that he wants the gig.
The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again.
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) November 10, 2016
Dean was DNC Chair during President Geroge W. Bush’s 2nd term and despite his former persona as an “anti-establishment” Democrat, he may end up being the choice for what’s left of the Dems’ establishment now that the Clinton’s are out of the picture.
The thought of Howard Dean back in charge of the Democratic Party might make some conservatives stand up and scream with glee and delight….
But, bear in mind that Dean’s handling of the DNC’s fundraising and restructuring process after the 2004 election was part of the winning formula that brought us President Barack Obama.
Within the elite power structure that was the Clinton campaign apparatus (in other words: the smartest people in America) Team Podesta is still paddling their barge down that Egyptian river known as “Denial.” As Ed pointed out yesterday, insiders told Politico that they think they ran a perfect campaign.
“They are saying they did nothing wrong, which is ridiculous,” said one Clinton surrogate. “She was the wrong messenger and everyone misjudged how pissed working class people were.” …
“She got this gift of this complete idiot who says bizarre things and hates women and she still lost,” said one longtime Clinton ally and fundraiser. “They lost in a race they obviously should have won. They need to take some blame.”
That’s right you brilliant, precious angels. You were right and we want you to just keep doing what you’ve been doing. Don’t ever change.
Finally, one of the more accurate postmortems appears to be emerging from the failed candidate herself. According to The Daily Beast, Clinton has pointed to the “Basket of Deplorables” moment as a major blunder of her campaign:
Hillary Clinton acknowledged that she had committed a major mistake when she described half of Donald Trump’s supporters as “deplorables,” according to a New York Times report. Clinton reportedly admitted to the error immediately after making the remarks at a New York fundraiser in September, telling an adviser she “just stepped in it.” Trump used the remark to his advantage on the campaign trail, and his supporters started calling themselves proud “deplorables” in a rebuke of Clinton’s characterization of them. Strategists on both the left and the right had said the comment was ill-advised, as it alienated and riled up the electorate while generalizing about them as racists, misogynists, and xenophobes.
She’s actually moving a little closer to the truth here. By demonizing their political opponents, the elites in the Democratic Party, and in the ruling political class, and in the media, and in Hollywood, and in academia, and on Wall Street have created a situation where rather than leading the “deplorables” who don’t agree with them, they have been dismissing them as illegitimate or, in some cases evil.
That kind of attitude ends up breeding anger that, at some point, will boil over and manifest itself in a shocking result. In this case, the shocking result is President-elect Donald Trump.