the election of Donald Trump, most Americans on both sides of the
political aisle feel American democracy is under siege. The
infighting going on in both the Democratic and Republican camps has
cast a pall on the country’s future. And neither party, at
present, can tamp down the support nor enthusiasm some have for
establishment outsiders like Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders and
President Donald J. Trump - even with his declining approval rating.
this environment of the falling Republic, Donna Brazile has written a
book titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House”
is the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC),
the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign, and a
longtime Democratic strategist with the reputation inside the Beltway
as “a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems.”
depicts “Hacks” as “equal parts campaign thriller,
memoir, and roadmap for the future.” But truth be told, “Hacks”
has detonated a political bombshell with mixed reviews.
book is a triumph,” Walter Isaacson wrote, who’s the
biographer of New York Times best sellers “Steve Jobs”,
“Einstein”, and now “Leonardo da Vinci.”
the responses to Brazile’s book resonates more with what
Jonathan Capehart, the first openly black gay male and member of the
Post editorial board, tweeted: “Gurrrll, what happened? People
are mad. By people I mean Democrats.”
has two narrative strands: one story of the Russians relentless
hacking into DNC computers. And, the other story about the colossal
missteps of the Clinton campaign and her tight-fisted one-sided
financial control of the party a year before her nomination revealing
sadly how the process was rigged against Sanders.
Brazile’s inimitable no-holds-barred fashion she further
asserts that “three titanic egos – Barack, Hillary, and
Debbie stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes.”
assertions about the Russian hacking are not being disputed. However,
it’s the rest of the story has those inside the DNC scratching
their heads that nearly 100 members of Clinton’s campaign team
wrote a letter saying, “ We do not recognize the campaign she
portrays in the book.”
inflammatory “cancer” and “slave” references
not only roiled the DNC but stirred up both Bernie supporters and
African American voters nervously concerned, respectfully.
had promised Bernie when I took the helm of the Democratic National
Committee after the convention that I would get to the bottom of
whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination
process,” Brazile wrote. Months later Brazile wrote Bernie
back. “Hello, senator. I’ve completed my review of the
DNC and I did find the cancer. But I will not kill the patient.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren concurring that the DNC was indeed rigged
in Clinton’s favor the statement cast a pall about our
electoral process honoring fair play.
with race being the third rail in this country, Brazile’s
statement “I am not Patsy the slave” - referring to
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o’s character in the
2013 film “”Twelve Years a Slave,”—doesn’t
help the DNC, already perceived as racist and cheaters. and, now
they’ll certainly have an uphill battle trying to win over
African American millennials and Bernie supporters.
get Brazile's anger. She felt dissed by the DNC, even though she
worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000.
Brazile’s anger about being tethered to the tight-fisted,
one-sided financial control of the party to promote Clinton’s
campaign and not promote those on the down-ballot her frustration is
understood. However, she lodges her complaints in a manner that
appears more like out of desperation than determination.
is unarguably one of the most known and important and powerful women
in politics of the last three decades. I’ve enjoyed following
her political career. She’s a political icon, like Maxine
Waters, and sisters like myself love and revere her and want her to
August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Ms. Brazile as one of its 20
“remarkable visionaries” for the magazine’s
first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100
Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine, Top 50 Women in
America by Essence magazine, and received the Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.
And, the black community thanks her for her public service.
October 4, Harvard awarded Brazile with the W.E.B. Dubois Medal. It’s
given to outstanding individuals who “have made significant
contributions to African and African American history and culture,
and more broadly individuals who advocate for intercultural
understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and
hit bookshelves on November 7 and bookstores across the country have
been trying to keep up with its demands. On Tuesday, November 14,
Brazile came to the Harvard Coop in Cambridge to talk about her book.
She spoke to a not-so-rapt audience of Sanders supporters and Clinton
die-hard fans. Brazile’s responses during the Q&A were
lackluster, but of a much better tone than you hear in the book.
read Brazile’s book, and everyone who has read it has
challenged her assertions in the book, sadly even sister-friends in
her corner - Whoopi, Sunny, and Oprah’s Gale, to name a
posit that Brazile may very well be speaking truth to power but the
tone of the book and the interpretations of events read more like a
revenge narrative than objectively reporting the facts in trying to
salvage what’s left of this American democracy.