Donna Braxile has gone on one heck of a publicity blitz including her first Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson last night that is literally must-see television. The TV saturation has certainly paid off as her tell-all book on the 2016 presidential campaign was sold out at Amazon for a 24-hour period.
In bright red letters, the Amazon page for Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House reads, “Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we’ll deliver when available.” Ever since the book from publisher Hachette leaked out, her stories of the dysfunctional Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election has roiled Washington and national Democratic circles.
As Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner points out, the political tome was rated #1 in the ”corruption & misconduct” list at Amazon. (Is that list just full of books about the Clintons?)
Amazon has re-stocked, so conservatives can still get our political equivalent of 50 Shades of Gray if we are so inclined. But liberals, apparently, have a very different reaction to the book and its “sell out” status.
In short, it’s the long-time Democrat operative, Brazile, who has sold out: (HuffPo)
So what does Brazile accomplish by having Politico release a snippet from her book? Maybe she hopes Sanders supporters will run out to buy it? Maybe she hopes Republicans who hate Hillary and Obama will buy it? Maybe she hopes to get hired now that she has trashed the DNC, Obama and Clinton. Whatever it is she has effectively ended her career as a Democrat.
In an open letter to whomever cares to read it, over 100 Clinton loyalists even claimed that Brazile has been tainted by the influence of… wait for it… THE RUSSIANS!
The open letter signed by more than 100 people involved in Clinton’s White House bid, including chairman John Podesta and vice chairwoman Huma Abedin, said the staffers “do not recognize the campaign” that Brazile “portrays in the book.”
They also say they are “shocked” that Brazile reportedly considered for a time pushing Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate amid her concerns about Clinton’s health after the former secretary of state fainted during a Sept. 11 memorial event.
“It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health,” the letter said.
Watching Democrats continue to fight the 2016 primary is still quite fun one year after Hillary’s glorious and devastating loss, what’s astounding about the spectacle is the quick and lethal annihilation of Brazile who has been an effective, loyal and steadfast Democrat for decades.
Her crime? Telling her story, her truth if you will, about Clinton and the 2016 campaign. There was a time when an African-American woman was encouraged and celebrated by the Left for telling “her truth.” But, apparently, not if that truth is damaging to Hillary Clinton.
I’m half-way through Hacks and it’s a great political memoir. Seriously great. And Brazile deserves to be a #1 best-selling author.
But, the larger political story is the crippling shadow that still hangs over the Democratic Party as they still scream at the sky over last year’s loss and can’t seem to figure out a way forward with the Clinton spectre still looming over the party, their candidates and even their loyal operatives.
There’s really only one way forward: Hillary 2020! I’m with her. So is he.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.