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Hillary Rigged the 2016 Election (Yawn)

If you watched the Sunday talk shows last year, you couldn’t miss seeing Donna Brazile defending Hillary Clinton at every turn. So it’s real whiplash to hear about Brazile’s new book trashing the person she spent so much time defending. And you thought the Republicans had trouble!

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As we noted in our pages, such as this one, it was obvious that the Democratic primary system was set up to disadvantage liberals, such as by front-loading the conservative states, so a moderate candidate could run up a big lead at the beginning. But it goes much deeper than that, according to Fox News.

Hillary’s erstwhile champion is now calling foul.

Last year’s presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders was rigged by the Democratic National Committee – just as Sanders’ supporters suspected – to hand the nomination to Clinton, according to a bombshell claim by Donna Brazile. The onetime Clinton confidante, CNN commentator and former interim party boss made the explosive claim Thursday while touting a new book that could sever her ties to Team Clinton for good.

“I 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, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested,” Brazile wrote in a piece for Politico Magazine. . .

The proof, according to Brazile, was a joint fundraising agreement document between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America. It had been signed in August 2015, four months after Clinton announced her candidacy and a year before she officially secured the nomination over Sanders. . .

“The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised,” Brazile wrote. “Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff.”. . .

It’s typical, she said, for candidates to make such arrangements with party organizations – but after they’ve won the nomination. Brazile said the arrangement does not appear to be “illegal, but it sure looked unethical.”

The New York Post asks if that’s what pushed Vice President Joe Biden out of the race.

There was another person out there — then-Vice President Joe Biden. Though grieving over the tragic loss of his son Beau, Biden was still seriously considering a late entry into the race. Indeed, it would not be until October that Biden would declare himself out of contention.

Consider then, that a formal agreement signed by the DNC and the Clinton campaign was executed in August 2015, two months before Biden made his decision.

There was another serious, popular prospect who may have been prevented from making the run: Elizabeth Warren, who is quoted in the Daily Caller.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts believes the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rigged the 2016 presidential election primaries in an attempt to sway the votes towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Warren told CNN’s Jake Tapper that she believes the DNC and primary were rigged for Clinton, calling it “a real problem” Wednesday and saying that Democrats must hold members of their party accountable.

Of course, Hillary’s main opponent became Bernie Sanders, and it was up to Brazile to inform him that he had been, well, screwed, according to Politico, which broke the story. Yet, Bernie was more interested in the big picture—could Hillary win?

Bernie took this stoically. He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were. The polls were unanimous in her winning but what, he wanted to know, was my own assessment?

I had to be frank with him. I did not trust the polls, I said. I told him I had visited states around the country and I found a lack of enthusiasm for her everywhere. I was concerned about the Obama coalition and about millennials.

How did all this happen? International Business Times blames the Supreme Court.

“This situation shows that if anyone is divorced from reality, it was the chief justice in assuming they wouldn’t take advantage of this,” Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy and external affairs for Common Cause, a non-partisan government watchdog group, told International Business Times.

The case in question is McCutcheon v. FEC, a suit brought by Shaun McCutcheon, a Republican activist from Alabama. The Supreme Court ruled in his favor, striking down a federal limit on the total amount individuals could give to parties, candidates and committees each election cycle, which at the time was $123,300. . .

As a result, joint fundraising agreements between candidates, state parties and committees, became more powerful. For example, while an individual can only give $2,700 per election to a specific candidate, $10,000 to a state party, or $33,900 to a national party committee like the DNC, joint committees can pool those limits together to solicit larger donations. The more groups that come together through joint fundraising agreements, the larger the checks written to the joint organization can be. In the case of the joint fundraising agreement the DNC had with the Clinton campaign and state parties, donors could write a $350,000 check to the joint committee, which then directed the money wherever it wanted.

Imagine if Biden and/or Warren had made a serious run at the nomination. Either likely would have beaten the fantastically unpopular Hillary Rodham Clinton, and more than likely, destroyed the even more unpopular Donald John Trump. Oh, well, live and learn. . .but with the Democrats, probably not.

Goethe Behr :Goethe Behr is a Contributing Editor and Moderator at Election Central. He started out posting during the 2008 election, became more active during 2012, and very active in 2016. He has been a political junkie since the 1950s and enjoys adding a historical perspective.

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    • Sanders was an outsider who, by his own admission was only running as a democrat because running as an independent would not have gotten enough attention. He has spent his entire career as an independant, he is running for re-election to the Senate as an independant, that does not give him any rights in the Democratic party.

      Besides that Sanders is as much a creep as Trump. Just for example where are his tax returns? Why has he " one of the poorest senators" by his claim bought two vacation homes since the election.

      And someone needs to tell Trump, and the population in general, that a political party's choice of a candidate is not regulated by law. Of the party leaders wanted to name a candidate, and say take it or leave it, that would be within their rights.

      • And you must be Russian to say Bernie WAS and OUTSIDER, he's the oldest standing Senator in government and known as having the ability to work with both parties, he's WELL respected, so for him to have worked as long as he has in a government capacity and you say he's an OUTSIDER is really mean and shameful.

        • Bernie Sander was an “outsider” and still remains one. Sanders has never paid dues to any political party, Republican or Democrat. He was an independent voter and still remains one. He never run a negative political ad, his campaign was always driven by issues and serious debate; not political gossip, not reckless personal attacks or character assassination. And he never tweeted derogatory remarks about an opponent.

          What is mean and shameful is that the US has a president whose supporters voted against their own self-interest—several self-interests, actually—just to keep their most important one: the preservation of white supremacy. Politics have indeed become coarse and cheap, with Trump playing the lead role. Beneath the savagery of an uncivil war going on in the Republican party, there lies a struggle about policy and about the future of the party.

          Republicans and Trump have also proposed dropping taxes for small businesses, including those known as “pass-through”. That income is taxed at individual income tax rates — which now can be as steep as nearly 40%. The new plan could slash the tax rate for these businesses to 25%.

          The Trump Organization owns more than 500 “pass-through” businesses.

          • Taxes should be on a logrhythm slide scale so that ALL Americans suffers the same...equally. It's been proven during GWB's fake war that slammed our economy that Trickle Down doesn't work. Tax poor class the least, Middle class less than now and increase the taxes for corporate BILLIONAIRES. They aren't going to expand, move back (ask Ivanka her made in China lines), or increase your wages. They've already reaped billions in Profits and not giving us a raise for millinea, MOF they stripped your healthcare they 'used' to offer in the hiring package. So it's already proven.

          • Sanders is a Socialist, and socialism is socialism is socialism is socialism. It doesn't work, never has, never will it's been proven time and again. Oh wait, but we've got American Democratic Socialism which is different than all the rest. Give me a break. What's wrong with dropping corporate, not just small business taxes again? Are you a work, pay some taxes and save so you can spend later or an Obamaist believer of his dogma of "everybody's gotta pay their fair share(determined by you I suppose), and we gotta move this stuff around"(as long as it's to your kind of people right)?

          • First of all words do have meanings. Senator Sanders is a Democratic SocialIST not a socialist. There is a difference. You got a FREE kindergarten education, so if you say "it doesn't work" you failed to apply yourself and take in that learning, so pay us all back for your education. Secondly social programs exist in ALL societies and they suffer a failed state if they DON'T have them. Look it up, we have over 250 social programs: Education, clean water, your vaccinations (government does the work to study the bacterium & produce a vaccine for the public), agency's to watch our meats, poultry, eggs, water, and even the highways, bridges you drive on, and when you fail to abide by the laws through "licensing" another socialist agency you can get arrested by a Law enforcer...another social program to benefit the masses, and you'll whine you can't afford an attorney in our socialist courthouse so the judge will appoint a public defender...another socialist that comes to the aid of the society. You probably have been inside a public school, courthouse or post office or visited our national parks and reaped vaccinations. It's ALL SOCIALISM you idiot! You are WHY we need extended education to keep in t competition with other countries who invest in their people to survive. Oh and you can pay back not only the Kindergarten education you took willingly, you can give me your Social Security and Medicaid. I highly doubt you've even listened to Senator Sanders and how he truly IS loyal to the USA Constitution and to it's citizens more than the liar in Chief in our White House. Also he's given 23 MILLION to the DNC while HRC gave 27 Million. So sick of seeing Repukes recite what they learned from Sean Hannity that he gives NO money. What's it to you anyways, the RNC and DNC have different bi-laws so it's no skin off your nose what the opposing party and it's people do. It IS the difference in parties. Lastly, Trump lied to get elected that he'd drop taxes for middle class and low income. He's stroking the filthy rich and building a Kleptocracy. Oh wait, you don't even know what that is either. You're easily misled and why America is easily persuaded by Russian trolls and overshadowed by evil. You haven't invested in your own education and that IS the problem.

      • Bernie caucused for Democrats and is more democratic than most dem's. You obviously don't understand what a Democratic socialist is. And you must not know that we have a TWO PARTY SYSTEM and you have to sign up in either one to WIN. Who has won as an Independent? TELL ME. No one. And did you know that a 2 party system NEVER works, it always fails and that the more parties there are and on the ballot they survive? Where was Bernie supposed to register? Republican? He's NOT a republican and following the greatness of Obama after George Bush, you'd think the country would have stuck with another Dem. So you see, makes no sense for you to bash Sanders for doing the best he could and being prudent to register where he did, he also gave 23 Million to the DNC. Bam. And even though he did, Wasserman tipped the scale to her FAVORITE and knowing the polls demonstrated that ONLY BERNIE would have beaten Dictator Drumpf. Now you got what you played. You have to think Chess, moves ahead and you failed.

        • The greatness of Obama? Hahahahaha! Sorry, but what were his accomplishments again that weren't forced through via subversion (illegal Obamacare subsidy payments to insurers) and outright lying to the American people(again, Obamacare - you can keep your doctor)?

          • Bin Laden...he got the number one terrorist that GWB SHOULD HAVE. You're embarrassing to our education system. You just want to hit Obama in solidarity with a morally bankrupt fascist that resides in our White House and turning it into a White Supremacy House and attacking every facet of our Constitution. He's destroying the Repub party and we actually NEED more parties, not just a 2 party system. We need more choices, not less, so we actually NEED the Repuke Party. You did not have your Guns and Gawd taken while Obama was in office, but your SeanHannity's constantly fear mongered this with ScaryPalin's help. This fake president has our nuclear codes while he's eating choc cake and sending missiles into Syria, a government that never attacked us. Then he responded he sent them to IRAN. He doesn't even know geography let alone political policy etiquette, or Constitutional Law -Obama taught it. You're either very young and naive or fail to get educated on subjects. You complain about KEEPING YOUR DOCTOR...so in the last 8 years are you STILL without a f ing doctor???? The only doctors that couldn't take patients were on Medicaid and highly doubt you care about the veterans or indigent or elderly. So your argument is so pathetically stupid. Our government has always set aside funds to aid the indigent, elderly and our veterans. We have 2 budgets: discretionary and mandatory. Your FAKE WAR in Iraq over FAKE Weapons of Mass destruction did attack that discretionary/mandatory budgetS. What? You want to build MORE poverty, more kids sleeping under overpasses without vaccinations to spread even more disease ...becoming a national security issue because we are weakened? You fail to connect the dots, you need to turn off the Fox NOISE and go get a college education to learn the facts. Using the argument Keep Your Doctor is so lame and paying subsidies to aid those that need it is mean. The Republican accomplishments are Nixon's Watergate, then Reagan's near Impeachment, GWB's Fake War/Shock n Awe, attacking the WRONG COUNTRY and FAILED to go get Bin Laden for his attack on our World Trade Center so his invasion that was Unilateral (illegal) and Pre Emptive (illegal) set off a Jihad that went global and now we ALL on this planet suffer and live in fear. Then you gave us RussiaGate and MexicoWall gate. You're party is uneducated that's the problem. None of what I just mentioned is an accomplishment. It's destroying this country and hard to stop a train that wrecks it.

      • Are you trying to tell me that no matter how I vote it is all for naught? What you are describing is pretty much a dictatorship ala North Korea. Is that how you are trying to justify the coronation of the biggest lying POS in history by the Democrats.?

        You can thank God that enough people saw through the fake that is Hillary Clinton and elected your President, Donald J Trump.?

        • Are you still here? I thought maybe you took your worthless nonAmerican illegal immigrant rear end back to your own country and gave up your job to a real American. Us real Americans (Natural born with several generations of natural born ancestors), especially your favorite Mr. Donald Trump don't like your border jumping kind. You come here, commit crimes, plot terror attacks, draw welfare and free medical care, and never contribute to our society. If Trump had his way you would be arrested and deported along with your border jumping family so fast it would make your head swim. Yes sir, that Trump is a true American. But you're not. So why don't you go home and give your job to a real American.

          • I think you are warming up to me. Should I be worried? After all you Midwest types can be somewhat perverted, regardless of your ancestry.?

  • According to Brazile, Obama left the party deep in debt, after famously ignoring downticket races. So me may be most to blame for the Hillary debacle.

    The party turned to the Clinton organization, as a proven fundraiser, and did a deal with the devil to get back in the black. Can hardly blame Hillary for taking advantage of the situation..

    • I found Donna Brazile’s book a hard read, filled with many fallacies and a lot of sour grapes. In current interviews, Brazile verbally contradicts what she actually wrote in the book. Brazile seems to have harbored unrealistic expectations of her job as the DNC’s interim chair in 2016. By that time, Clinton was already the known nominee, just days from formal nomination. It’s customary for the nominee to effectively control the party apparatus from that point on, but Brazile, in her book, repeatedly bridled at directives from Clinton’s campaign.

      Hillary Clinton had a campaign debt of more than $25 million after her failed presidential run in 2008. That sum was paid in full by 2013. Clinton has evidently not written off any loans yet, and may not need to because she had almost half a billion dollars in reserve when she began her campaign, more than twice what Trump had. She probably still has money left in this fund.

      It is not unusual for politicians of both parties to keep their campaigns funds open indefinitely. Take Newt Gringrich, in 2012 he racked up a staggering $4.6 million in debt to 114 creditors, among them many small businesses that made TV spots and yard signs. Newt stiffed them all but his campaign fund is still open just in case you want to contribute.