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UPDATE: Brazile Bomb Fizzle? Yes. No.

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

It’s time for an update on the Brazile Bombshell story, in which Donna Brazile blew the whistle on Hillary Clinton’s secret, premature takeover of the DNC.

Brazile’s story was debunked.

All candidates may sign a Joint Fund-Raising Agreement well in advance of the General Election, and such agreements pertain only to the General Election. Brazile’s revelation was either a mistake, or she was lying.

As it turns out, there actually was a second memo. However, it too, pertained to the General Election.

According to a memo obtained by NBC News:

“…It clearly allowed the Clinton campaign to influence DNC decisions made during an active primary, even if intended for preparations later.

‘Nothing in this agreement shall be construed to violate the DNC’s obligation of impartiality and neutrality through the Nominating process. All activities performed under this agreement will be focused exclusively on preparations for the General Election and not the Democratic Primary,’ the memo states.

‘Further we understand you may enter into similar agreements with other candidates,’ it continues…”

NPR did a fact-check and confirmed there are two different memos.

Then, the debunk was debunked.

The second memo is significant. Katie Halper explains that, despite the wording, the deal in the second memo did pertain to the Primary. The wording is routine, self-protecting legalize.

That’s all for now, folks.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


      • It is hard to see the detail, but you and I and most progressives have seen the big picture long before the 2016 Democratic primaries. Corporate Dems smile in our face while stabbing us in the back when we’re not looking.

        I was going to write a post yesterday on the following story, but didn’t have time. Today looks tight too. Maybe you can do something with it:

      • I suspect they’re taking Brasile’s words out of context regarding a Biden ticket. She probably considered the possibility, but also probably didn’t mean to imply she thought she had enough power to do it on her own. Gossip 101.

      • From the WaPo article:

        “The morning of Sept. 12, Brazile got a call from Biden’s chief of staff saying the vice president wanted to speak with her. She recalls thinking, ‘Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?’ Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), called, too, to set up a call with his boss, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sent her an email.

        Brazile also was paid a surprise visit in her DNC office by Baker, who, she writes, was dispatched by the Clinton campaign ‘to make sure that Donna didn’t do anything crazy.’

        ‘Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,’ Brazile writes. But, she adds, ‘No matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her.’

        Brazile writes that she inherited a national party in disarray, in part because President Obama, Clinton and Wasserman Schultz were ‘three titanic egos’ who had ‘stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes.'”

      • Also from the WaPo article:

        “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.'”

        “Whenever Brazile got frustrated with Clinton’s aides, she writes, she would remind them that the DNC charter empowered her to initiate the replacement of the nominee. If a nominee became disabled, she explains, the party chair would oversee a complicated process of filling the vacancy that would include a meeting of the full DNC.”

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