Remain Calm, Etc: Dear Donna……
Posted February 7, 2013on:
Did you come to praise Hillary, or to try to bury her again?
Yes, I have read the CNN article. Several times, in fact, with rising levels of disbelief. Superficially, it is a well-written article that could actually be thought of as almost laudatory in content, but there always seems to be an undertone which expresses Donna’s apparent theory that all of Hillary’s accomplishments are directly due to her Lord and Master, Barack Obama, because he healed the wounds of the primary with her appointment. After a few dry paragraphs enumerating the accomplishments of the SOS, Ms, Brazile then drops this zinger:’
Of all Clinton’s accomplishments — and I will mention just a few — this may be the most underappreciated. During the election, pundits were puzzled and amazed not only at how much energy former President Bill Clinton poured into Obama’s campaign, but even more at how genuine and close the friendship was.
Obama was given a lot of well-deserved credit for reaching out to the Clintons by appointing then-Sen. Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state in the first place. But trust is a two-way street and has to be earned. We should not underestimate or forget how much Clinton did and how hard she worked. She deserved that trust, as she deserved to be in the war room when Osama bin Laden was killed.
Gag me with a spoon, y’all. Yes, Hillary Clinton accepted the appointment and President Clinton campaigned for Obama, but I am having a difficult time believing that (1) either Clinton became a true believer, or (2) that Bill Clinton will ever forgive either Ms. Brazile or Rep. James Clyburn for calling him a racist, or the President for standing mute while surrogates defamed him. White Southerners really hate that, and I’m quite certain that it was particularly painful for the man who had previously been known as “the first black President.” Actually, I would be shocked if this “underappreciated” friendship were not actually overreported. Now, I am not at all certain what went on at Sen. Diane Feinstein’s home, but whatever deal was struck between the Clintons and Obama that night appears to have been honored completely by the Clintons. She served admirably, and he campaigned his heart out for the man who permitted him to be reviled as a racist. Not a bad deal for Obama at all.
I am even more surprised that such a meeting ever took place after that disgusting Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting of 31 May, 2008 wherein my Florida votes (a solid Clinton victory) were diluted to 50% because of the decision made by our Republican state legislature to hold the primary early. Also at that stellar meeting, some Michigan votes were delivered to Obama, who did not even appear on the ballot, The following day, you were interviewed by George Stephanopoulos, as reported by the Huffington Post:
On today’s This Week, Donna Brazile, fresh from yesterday’s DNC Rules and Bylaws Tango at the Marriott Wardman Park, broke a little bit of a bombshell whilst paneling. According to Brazile, the Obama campaign had enough votes to get a fifty-fifty split of the Michigan delegation, a result that would have greatly advantaged the Obama campaign and minimized the delegate gains Clinton garnered from Florida. However, the Obama camp passed on pulling the trigger on that deal in favor of the less favorable 69-59 split that the Michigan delegation was proposing.
Brazile, who was taken aback at the lack of effort made by the Clinton campaign to “cut a deal” or otherwise “come to the uncommitted superdelegates” in the room, said: “He also could have won on a crucial vote on this Michigan proposal to split the delegation 50-50. And rather than cause a ruckus they gave in. He had the votes. and the Clinton campaign never took the olive branch.”
Say what? Was that an olive branch or a big fat stick??? Furthermore, if Romney had been handed half of Obama’s votes in a few key states, Miss Ann would be redecorating the White House as we speak. Furthermore, Donna, did you not insist that you would resign from the DNC should the superdelegates ever decide a primary? Oh, snap!
But then again, all of this is from the woman who advised Al Gore to give Bill Clinton a wide berth during the 2000 campaign, We all know how well that worked out…..
This is an open thread.
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