Drawing up the curtain Donna Brazile takes us backstage as the DNC tries to regain election equilibrium even as Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns The events that unfold have Donna Brazile putting out fires even as she stands in a pool of gasoline The main take away from this book is that elections have changed from now on and any party that fails to understand this simple concept will face harsh lessons in the future. Please, no political discussion, especially not on the debate leaks nor on Trump Clinton generally I happen to believe the leaks happened, but Brazile makes a case for how it could have been another part of the DNC computer hack The primary campaign revelations from the book are already in the news much of the rest of this book reads like a tech horror story.The juiciest and most startling parts of Donna Brazile s story of helming the Democratic party during July November of the 2016 election have been highlighted on commentary shows This book left me with a positive impression of how Brazile approached a surprisingly little money little power situation with hard work and political skill There is a great deal of discussion about the frustrations of trying to solve attacks on the DNC s server with which non computer scientists can sympathize. Someone asked me a question about Donna Brazile and I suddenly realized that I haven t read her book yet, although I had it for a while So it was time to meet an amazing woman in politics on her terms.I m not going into the details of the book since it received so many reviews already and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for quite a while So many interviews went down with Ms Brazile about her controversial book.According to the author this was her version of what happened and she did not keep it light and playful in recalling the events of the 2016 election year There was a lot she did not say in the book, and other times she was a straight shooter, especially when her alter ego, Dolores kicked in She made me cringe and laugh with her comments on The Trump and his shenanigans, which had everybody s horses turning back and rewriting the rules of the rodeo She was frustrated with the Millennials in the election team, who treated her like an ancient relic from the past She addressed the issues the DNC had to deal with and her own role in the events I don t know Donna Brazile, but I can imagine that if Napoleon was a women, his name would be Donna Brazile A small person with a big dream, and she knew where she wanted to go with it A lonely person in her private life, but much respected in public office A genuine, warm hearted person with a refreshing sense of humor I would love to be her friend, honestly I was surprise to see how people blamed her for feeding DT the fodder to continue his attacks on the DEMS by writing this book According to the angry DEMS she accused HC of rigging the election It is never said in the book as such, but when she was confronted by the angry DEMS in interviews she acknowledged that her tale could be interpreted as such But reading the book, one can understand what she was trying to say Hillary Clinton did not want to give money to the DNC to save them from bankruptcy if she was not allowed to control the spending Being in a corner, the DNC had no other choice but to accept Hillary s terms That resulted in the DNC itself being left out in the cold as far as decision making was concerned Bernie lost out on the bounty, sort of She also implied between the lines that Bernie was short changed, but that he was not really a Democrat, did not rise through the rank and file and was rejected as a candidate for that reason They found ways and means to leave him out in the cold and she objected to that She wanted fairness for everyone Their actions against Bernie, according to Donna, counted against them in the elections.Then there was the Russians hacking the DNC servers, computers, phones, etc And WikiLeaks, DCLeaks, and Guccifer She spent a lot of time in explaining how it was done and how it disrupted the Democratic party s performance This is confirmed in other books.There were comments in the book which I do not agree with, but also do not want to discuss here at lenght Just a few short comments 1 She alleged that information is lost when a computer is disconnected from a server I have never heard of that.2 She listened to The Trump s sleazy locker room talk and said she never heard any other man say things like that about women My dear Donna, no, you either lie, or you re extraordinary naive or inexperienced I never got the impression that she was bad mouthing anyone in the DNC camp directly Donald Trump was not so lucky She just told her story of what happened on her side of the fence in a candid and engaging manner She was not malicious, bore no grudges, and did not intent to harm anyone But once again, between the lines, she indicated that Hillary was responsible for her own messes Donna just told her story, and by doing that she lightened up my life for a few hours I was saddened by the harsh criticism thrown at her by her own party members Perhaps I am just as naive as Donna, but I did not get the same impression from the book as they did I ve worked for four decades in the trenches for the Democratic Party and its candidates This election reminded me, however, that as much as I love my party, I love my country Forty years in politics gave me a contact list and a perspective that went below the surface, deep into the places where the media could not see In that world, information is a form of currency, and we all trade it back and forth all the time This is the memoir of a strong, but gentle, amazing person A great experience. Whenever a nation stands at a crossroads, it is easy to believe that this one is somehow meaningful or challenging than those we stood at before Seldom in our history, however, have we stood at so many crossroads all at one time Globalism, immigration, economic inequity, the threat of nuclear war, racial injustice, the treatment of women, sexual identity rights, gun control, and, of course, the recent horrors rained down on innocent people just going about their lives, all seem to have come together in a perfect storm of fear, agony, and disillusionment.There is little that our national leaders can say at this juncture that will not be both praised and pilloried by the opposing camps And this book, one can assume, will suffer a similar fate It will be extolled by some and vilified by others It is no wonder, as a result, that those authors of the familiarity and prominence of Donna Brazile might be inclined to parse their words, hedge their opinions for maximum effectiveness among their core supporters, and generally posture their prose to burnish their own image.That is not, however, what Donna Brazile has done here This is a candid, no punch pulled eyewitness account of the 2016 election and the events surrounding it from one of the main players in the drama Brazile shares stories that only she could share and she does so in a refreshingly matter of fact way that seems to suggest, to her credit, that her driving and overriding objective is to help the Democratic Party and the country move on.This is by far the most detailed account of the election that I have found And that, in part, is the book s only limitation It reads, at times, like a transcript than a thoughtful review That is undoubtedly by design and does give the book a raw authenticity I for one, however, would like to know about Brazile s take on what it all means at the conceptual level There is some of that, but not enough.Brazile does give the reader a much thorough understanding of the hacking of the DNC And her account is alarming, to say the least In the end, over, she provides the most concise assessment of what the Russians did that I have seen or heard The Russians may not have changed the totals in the voting machines, but they confused us, inflamed our doubts and our worst impulses, and destabilized the Democratic Party, making it an unfair fight Thoughtfully stated and frightening, indeed.She also exposes the horrifying degree to which she and others quite understandably feared for their personal safety It is indeed hard to imagine that any among us are capable of such moral and ethical bankruptcy Hard to fathom, of course, until we open today s newspaper.I was anxiously looking for Brazile to cast her lot between the competing theories that the Democrats need to re capture the center or electrify the emerging progressive wing of the party I, for one, believe when standing at the entrance to so many crossroads, now is not the time to get stuck in the intersection And, I suspect, that Brazile would agree There are whiffs of the sentiment but in the end this really is a book about the 2016 election.Whichever course we pursue as a country going forward, we will need leaders of courage, candor, and a sense of our common humanity And I think Brazile, however inclined you are to be offended or excited by her courageous and candid revelations here, has certainly shown herself to be worthy of a seat at the table of change. InterrestingI m a pretty strong conservative, but I found this to provide an insight into a presidential campaign Ms Brazile is certainly not objective but she shouldn t be expected to be She treats Hillary very gently, but it seems to me that the candidate herself is responsible for that campaign She also skips mention unless I missed it of Hillary s private server fiasco I don t blame her Hillary did a profoundly stupid thing, at best A criminal thing What could possibly be said in her defense The double entendre in the title promises some witty insight, but it s all downhill from there There s way too much info about Donna Brazile and her dog, and her favorite colors and foods and whatever The juiciest computer hack is about her giving debate questions unfairly to Hillary, but she turns that into a self pity party, and thinks we should believe she s innocent despite the evidence because she cannot prove she is huh So why even give the book 2 Because you can learn something from looking at a plane crash, and admit it, wrecks are fascinating Hacks is a largely unwitting document of what s wrong with the Democratic Party and American politics in general Brazile describes in detail how Hillary Clinton took over the Democratic Party and not just influenced it but micromanaged it during the primaries Brazile gets that this was unambiguously unethical, but somehow doesn t think that it had any effect on anything Huh The lack of believable accountability or of vigilance for democracy is sad if unsurprising All that seems to matter to all these political hacks is manipulating perceptions and winning Except that they lost A recent book How Democracies Die What History Reveals About Our Future puts its faith in the parties for saving American democracy Reading Hacks reveals the absurdity of that premise. Teaser excerpt on Politico, where knives are stuck into several important or formerly important political figures.Inside Hillary Clinton s Secret Takeover of the DNCBrazile has always struck me as very capable I m fairly confident that what she writes is what she wants believed, with quite a lot true, and quite a lot of the truth shaded Definitely worth a trip with her into the wilderness of mirrors , though. From Donna Brazile, Former DNC Chair And Legendary Political Operative, An Explosive And Revealing New Look At The Election The First Insider Account Of The Russian Hacking Of The DNC And The Missteps By The Clinton Campaign And Obama Administration That Enabled A Trump VictoryIn The Fallout Of The Russian Hacking Of The Democratic National Committee And As Chaos Threatened To Consume The Party S Convention Democrats Turned To A Familiar Figure To Right The Ship Donna Brazile Known To Millions From Her Frequent TV Appearances, She Was No Stranger To High Stakes And Dirty Opponents, And The Longtime Democratic Strategist Had A Reputation In Washington As A One Stop Shop For Fixing Sticky Problems What Brazile Found At The DNC Was Unlike Anything She Had Experienced Before And Much Worse Than Is Commonly Known The Party Was Beset By Infighting, Scandal, And Hubris, While Reeling From A Brazen And Wholly Unprecedented Attempt By A Foreign Power To Influence The Presidential Election Plus, Its Candidate, Hillary Clinton, Faced An Opponent Who Broke Every Rule In The Political Playbook Packed With Never Before Reported Revelations About What Went Down In , Hacks Is Equal Parts Campaign Thriller, Memoir, And Roadmap For The Future With Democrats Now In The Wilderness After This Historic Defeat, Hacks Argues That Staying Silent About What Went Wrong Helps No One Only By Laying Bare The Missteps, Miscalculations, And Crimes Of , Brazile Contends, Will Americans Be Able To Salvage Their Democracy I m no expert on politics In fact, I hate politics and generally avoid books about it I picked up Donna Brazile s book because I hoped her writing style would be as engaging and candid as her public speaking and because, despite my aversion to politics, I find the Presidential election of 2016 to be an intriguing mysterious mess In the lead up to the election, I thought the Republicans nominated the only candidate who could lose to HRC and the Democrats nominated the only candidate who could lose to Trump Turned out I was right Trump lost the popular vote and HRC lost the electoral college I hoped Brazile might explain how this happened Her book didn t disappoint on that score It s well written with her unique style, a blend of intelligent, academic analysis and down home, grass roots common sense She says HRC lost the electoral college because Robby Mook s computer models and analysis didn t understand the value of enthusiasm for a candidate and the difference between polling and voter turnout Mook s polls said HRC was ahead by 5 to 10 points in the key rust belt states when Brazile s gut told her HRC was in trouble Mook s team wouldn t listen to her and wouldn t fund her efforts to stimulate passion among the minority community To some degree, this book is a venting of her frustration, but overall, I came away thinking her conclusion that the campaign needed a better balance between Mook s approach and her gut level instincts is correct For once, I learned something from a book about politics and didn t come away aggravated It s a quick easy read and worth the time if your re still perplexed about the outcome in 2016. Donna Brazile needs to provide herself cover on what went wrong in the Hillary campaign and why it wasn t her fault Apparently she had absolutely no control over anything Based on the book I don t know what her job even was because nothing, absolutely nothing was her fault or under her control She knew the entire time the campaign was failing but had no way to impact it I found the book not very interesting or helpful in understanding what happened And apparently she had no interactions with Hillary The most informative bits were what was unsaid She didn t believe Hillary s flu Story when Hillary fainted at the 9 11 ceremony and Seth Rich s murder scared her.
Donna Brazile is an American author, educator, and political activist and strategist affiliated with the Democratic Party She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign.Brazile was born in Kenner, Louisiana to Lionel and Jean Brazile, the third of nine children She became interested in politics at age nine when a local candidate for office promised to build a neighbor
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