Can you remember any political year like the past 12 months? I sure can’t and I’ve had grey hair for 10 years now.
2001/2002 was nuts for obvious reasons. For me the economic events of 2008/2009 had much more impact than even 2001/2002. But for just sheer political – political – insanity the past 12 months (and I suppose the immediate months leading to the election) have been just extraordinary. The news cycle has revved like a Ducati motorcycle engine. It’s been hard for news people and news consumers alike to even catch their breath. And I don’t see the chaos abating.
(From the Washington Post)
Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”
In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the removal of Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.
Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. But then, she writes, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
It must be said that Brazile’s book and the chosen excerpts from the book that we’ve seen to date are strange moves. Sort of an effort to inoculate herself while blowing up parts of the Democratic Party. Whether she’s being shrewd, is desperate, or both is an open question as of this moment.
Also, remember when all the pundits flipped out when Dr. Drew and others said that Hillary Clinton’s health was an issue? The old media went nuts.
Just another reason why the old media is no longer trusted.