The Democratic Party has been “leeched of its vitality” by former President Barack Obama and other officials ahead of the 2016 presidential election, says former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile.
“We had three Democratic parties: The party of Barack Obama, the party of Hillary Clinton, and this weak little vestige of a party led by [Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] that was doing a very poor job getting people who were not president elected,” Brazile says in her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”
Brazile mainly speaks of the DNC’s massive debt in the upcoming elections and how it would survive through the campaign process. Obama’s use of the Democratic Party’s budget for private pollsters and focus groups had bled the party dry and under Wasserman Schultz, the party failed to solve the issue. Enter Hillary Clinton, who paid off the debts and basically took over the reins in the DNC, says Brazile.
“This was not working to strengthen the party. He left it in debt. Hillary bailed it out so that she could control it, and Debbie went along with all of this because she liked the power and perks of being a chair but not the responsibilities,” Brazile said.
“Barack never had seen himself as connected to the party. He had not come up through it the way Joe Biden and Hillary had, but had sprung up almost on his own and never had any trouble raising money for his campaigns,” Brazile noted.
Obama “used the party to provide for political expenses like gifts to donors, and political travel.” Since he “also cared deeply about his image,” he spent DNC money for “his pollster and focus groups” late into his second term, even though he couldn’t run for president, Brazile said.
“I knew that these three did not do this with malice. I knew if you woke any of them up in the middle of the night to ask them how they felt about the Democratic Party they would answer with sincerity that they loved this party and all it had done for the country and for them. Yet they had leeched it of its vitality and were continuing to do so,” Brazile said.
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