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What’ll Be Left of the Democratic Party [Updated]

After you, me, and a few more million leave: Eggheads and African-Americans.

Because, as Donna Brazile infamously said, “we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics..” (TRANSLATION: They’re a bunch of racists anyway, so screw them.)

Here’s what Donna wrote in an e-mail yesterday to an understandably unhappy Hillary supporter (the rest of her nasty e-mail is below):

Message to the base: stay home.

Good luck with that coalition, Donna, Barack, San Francisco Nancy, and Howard. Because, while we won’t stay home, you elitists, we’ll all be writing in “Hillary Clinton” on our ballots — if she’s not the nominee. As Pagan Power wrote so powerfully yesterday in her important essay, “I Call A Spade a Spade“:

It is as if race can only be seen as a detrimental factor if white people use it to form their opinions and cast their votes. A full 87% of blacks in Ohio supported Obama for the nomination but what made the headlines were those 20% of Ohioans polled that considered race in their decision. The 87% black vote we are supposed to ignore or somehow gloss over. And that appears to be exactly what Donna Brazile and the DNC expect us to do. [...]

What started out as a race of ideas has become a race about race

Donna Brazile, the one that started the race war against Bill Clinton has concluded that blue collar white voters are part of the past and no longer a necessary part of the Democratic coalition which she sees as blacks, young people and overeducated whites (no offense to Uppity Woman).

You’ve heard all about the meltdown that Donna Brazile had a couple nights ago on CNN. Here’s the transcript and the video, thanks to V. BELOW, is another one of Miss Donna’s infamous e-mails — followed by a few frank thoughts of my own.

UPDATE BELOW THE FOLD:

Isn’t this lovely?! A diary at MyDD, “1% Clinton Dead Enders Not Welcomed With Me.” This diary singles out Alegre, Larry and me as “dead enders.” I’m honored. And this is so amusing:

The 1% Clinton Dead Enders, yes you ______, Susan and Larry, are NOT WELCOME in the Democratic Party. Your constant lying, swiftboating, and disingenuousness has been thoroughly exposed for several months (and you helped your preferred candidate lose because of it) and you bitter Kool Aid Cultists can go hide in a basement with Taylor Marsh. …

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Here’s some of the transcript from Donna’s nasty meltdown:

BEGALA: We cannot win with egg heads. We cannot win with egg heads and African-Americans. OK, that is the Dukakis Coalition, which carried ten states and gave us four years of the first George Bush.

President Clinton — reached across to get a whole lot of Republicans and Independents to come. I think Senator Obama and Senator Clinton both have that capacity. They both have a unique ability – well it’s not unique if they both have it. They both have a remarkable ability to reach out to those working-class white folks and Latinos.

Senator Clinton has proven it; Barack has not yet, but he can. And I certainly hope he is not shutting the door on expanding the party.
. . .
BRAZILE: Well, Lou, I have worked on a lot of Democratic campaigns, and I respect Paul. But, Paul, you’re looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics. We need to look at the Democratic Party, expand the party, expand the base and not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

BEGALA: We cannot win with egg heads. We cannot win with egg heads and African-Americans. OK, that is the Dukakis Coalition, which carried ten states and gave us four years of the first George Bush.

President Clinton — reached across to get a whole lot of Republicans and Independents to come. I think Senator Obama and Senator Clinton both have that capacity. They both have a unique ability – well it’s not unique if they both have it. They both have a remarkable ability to reach out to those working-class white folks and Latinos. Senator Clinton has proven it; Barack has not yet, but he can. And I certainly hope he is not shutting the door on expanding the party.

. . .

BRAZILE: Well, Lou, I have worked on a lot of Democratic campaigns, and I respect Paul. But, Paul, you’re looking at the old coalition. A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics. We need to look at the Democratic Party, expand the party, expand the base and not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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EARLY MORNING THOUGHTS (before the caffeine has had its fully desired effect):

I feel trapped.

My usual hang-outs on the ‘net are gone. The days of the orange place and of my first-thing-every-morning reading of Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo are behind me.

In those places, I’m one of two things:

1) I’m not a good Democrat, whatever that is — and which I never particularly cared about being anyway, and/or

2) I am a loathsome racist.

Excuse me for daring to say that I’ve NEVER understood the need for unquestioning party loyalty.

Time was, at least in Washington state where I grew up, that we had as many fine Republican elected officials as Democrats. And I voted for people in either party, because I felt one or the other was the better candidate.

But since those days, it is NOT just the Republican party that has been seized by a rigid ideology of the far-right religious nutjobs.

The Democratic party has been partly seized by intense pressure from the far left, from the likes of MoveOn and CodePink (which was once a beautifully creative anti-war group but is now a parody of itself) to the legends-in-their-own-minds like Kos.

Worst of all, the Democratic party — over and over and over — lets itself be seized by the “darling” of the moment.

From Jimmy Carter to Michael Dukakis and now Barack Obama.

I’ve said this before, but I’ll be a broken record about it. I sat with my jaw on the floor in 2004 when at my local caucus, the pro-John Kerry people said, over and over, that the whole reason for supporting Kerry was because he was the “electable candidate.”

I was for Howard Dean at the time — forgive me for that — but John Edwards was then, and was again this time ’round, my strong second choice.

Edwards had both electability and the obvious traits to BE a president.

But John Kerry was seen, back then, as ELECTABLE? These days, that’s seen clearly as the joke it is.

But that’s the message that the DNC and its partner the MSM put out, and the SHEEP in the Democratic party followed along, uttering the argument they’d been spoon-fed.

As I sat there that day, in an uncomfortably small chair in an elementary school, I wondered if these people EVER had an original thought. Or if they just went along with what the evening news TOLD them to think.

I’m getting lost in a rush of memories here. Mostly memories of frustration and bewilderment.

All I do know is that the Democratic party, once again, is about to nominate a man who:

1) is not experienced enough to be president; and

2) is not presidential timber.

Some people have what it takes to be president. They have grit, toughness, determination, and the ability to make tough decisions. I see none of that in Barack Obama.

I see all of that in Hillary Clinton.

For months now, I’ve jokingly said to pals that I’m looking hard for video of Barack Obama in bed in a threesome with Tony Rezko and his wife.

I’m only half joking. I pray there is such damaging information out there somewhere.

Because apparently — and astonishingly — all the information we have on Obama already, including all of his extremely disturbing relationships with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dorhn, Nadhmi Auchi, and on and on, do not cause a blip of concern for the Democratic elite establishment.

But do the Republicans ever know that all of that matters. It’s going to be bloody. And November, if Obama is the nominee, will be a humiliating experience for the Democrats.

But, then, the Democrats seem to seek humiliation. They’re attracted to seizing defeat from the jaws of victory.

Because they’re so self-absorbed with satisfying their own pyschological, elitist cravings that they cannot see that a STRONG, EXPERIENCED candidate is who is needed to 1) win, and 2) be a great president.

So, yeah, loyalty to the Democratic party doesn’t mean much to me.

NOW it’s time for some more coffee.

And it’s time to thank all of you for being here.

We’re growing a great family here at No Quarter. Each of you is making a big contribution, in all of your writings and your comments, to making sense out of this insane, confusing mess.

Together, we’ll stay strong and keep fighting for what is right. And for what is needed: Which is a president who CAN do the job and who CAN improve the lot of all Americans in this country and who CAN restore our standing around the world.

AND HERE’s THE FROSTING ON THE CAKE — another one of Miss Donna Brazile’s nasty e-mails:

From: Donna Brazile
Subject: RE: Switching to Republican Party – I’m a Hillary supporter
Date: May 7, 2008 7:48 PM

Honestly, this is the 9th email today, so I believe you’re ready to not only destroy Roe versus Wade, voting rights, civil liberties and civil rights. Perhaps adding trillions more to the deficits through non stop tax cuts to the wealthy and 100 more years in Iraq.

Yes, please join Rush and McCain asap. The train has left. Catch it.

Please don’t send these emails to working people like myself. Notice you sent it to my campus address. I am a working class person. Can you find someone who drinks latte?

Message to the base: stay home.

What i want to know: HOW MUCH MONEY does the Democratic party pay this idiot? How many dollars of the donations from struggling blue-collar loyal Democrats does this woman seize and spend on her wardrobe, her coif, her lattes, her lavish lifestyle?

She’s not worth one penny. And she needs to be gone. Like yesterday.

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  • Rhyta

    I am in agreement with those who say they feel letdown by the Democratic Party, it has become a sad parody of itself.

    However, I would urge all of you have said they will vote for McCain over Obama, DON’T DO IT. Remember who he represents, if you want to vote a protest vote, write in Hillary or vote for the Greens or someone else. Don’t give those lousy Repblicans your vote, they have trashed our country, spit on the Bill of Rights and used the Constitution as toilet paper. DON’T EVER LEGITIMIZE THOSE BASTARDS

    whew! I feel much better :)

  • jyotinc

    It seems like Obama is building or had been already successful in building Black Coalition based on his church code. Time and time again, he’s been winning with black community only plus the mesmerized kids who got no reason why they’re voting for him. Pres. Bill Clinton is right, Obama is using a race card here. And this is a downfall for Obama and the party that I love.
    Hopefully, Hillary will go independent since the party she’s in doesn’t show neutrality even in the beginning, and not sitting the delegates from Michigan and Florida. She should be the presidential nominee!

  • s. hall

    The Democratic base is the Democratic Party. Seems to me I remember — Obama was into

  • JustJennifer

    Donna Brazille is just a horrid representative for the DNC not to mention all women. I cringe when I see her on TV. She has done more to damage her own reputation with her Obama worship than she did when managing Gore’s campaign.

    I wonder if it is has even dawned on Dean that he should be looking over his shoulder for her when it comes to his job?

  • kathy

    Hear, Hear!!!

    I rarely post-never enough time, but scan the comments here when I can. I live in Jacksonville, Fl. and we were getting Obama commercials on CNN a week before we voted.

    I agree that the fix was in and I think Brazile had something to do with it, otherwise why take all of our delegates. Again, if he can’t win, he gets rid of the competition.

    I believe that if they give him the nomination, they will wait a month for us to supposedly cool off and then ‘the one’ will roll out the charm offensive for us poor, dumb, old, white women.

    problem: It won’t work.

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  • http://Supergram.blogspot.com Melissa

    First- thanks so much to Susan and Larry- this place is where I can get the real news, unfiltered by the propaganda machine.
    Second- This post is wonderful- Brazile and company think they can win without us- let them try.
    I posted a diary on Mydd some time back about my loyalty first to America, not the party. I was sick to death of hearing about party unity. (Still there on my blog for any who are interested.)The bots called me a racist and a republican.
    Their screeching sounds to me like a child having a temper tantrum. Endless arguing without listening to what the adults are saying.
    I took my flag down in 2000 because of the machinations of the Republicans stealing the White House and it has remained carefully folded ever since. I thought I would be ably to proudly run Old Glory up the staff in November. Guess I better buy some more mothballs, cause if Obama is elected by way of stealing votes, Old Glory will stay folded away.
    I wrote that up at my blog yesterday.
    I trulu believe Obama is dangerous for America and I will actively campaign against him.

  • http://paganpower.wordpress.com/ Pagan Power

    I have an exactly opposite background than you Susan. Up until very recently I was a party loyalist. I voted Democratic regardless of who they put up there. Because to me the Republican Party was not a party of the people but a party of the elite.

    I remember distinctly having huge arguments with environmentalist friends in 2000 about their support for Ralph Nader and the Green Party. They voted on principle and I voted party. We both lost.

    When a Democrat I didn’t particularly like ran for a state office I still voted party line because to me the party meant everything.

    I was proud of the legacy of such greats as FDR, JFK, LBJ and yes WJC. And up until very recently I had great respect for Jimmy Carter. Not for what he accomplished but for what he tried to accomplish.

    At the start of this nomination process I was torn between many candidates. I liked Joe Biden’s solid foreign policy credentials. I thought that Bill Richardson had a great resume. I liked Chris Dodd’s passion. I loved John Edwards populist heart. But I fell for Hillary Clinton in a big way. She has the heart, the credentials, the resume, the passion and the strong leadership that we need so absolutely desperately in a President.

    I never got Obama. I tried. I really did. But something about him always seemed so fake to me. He could speak well but I never saw what I would call honest passion in him. He could stir people up, but it was only because he could. I never sensed that he believed a thing he said himself. It was like he had discovered that he had a gift of moving people to do things but he was only interested in the power to move them and hadn’t quite thought out what it is that people really needed to do except get him elected.

    I mean, it doesn’t make a bit of rational sense. This guy claims to represent a post racial politics but he belongs to a segregationalist church. And he calls his grandmother a typical white person. I mean considering the guy is half white his granny should have smacked the shit out of him. Maybe if she wasn’t so old she would have.

    Then he claims to love this country and to be patriotic. And yet he is long time friends with declared enemies of our country. Terrorists. And at least half of the Democratic Party acts like it is no big deal. It’s a big deal to me.

    I could go on and on about Obama. And have. But this is more than just about Obama. I feel as if the party I have been loyal to for decades has suddenly decided that I am no longer important or necessary. And I feel betrayed.

    So I am no longer going to be a Democrat. And I look forward to the day when another party emerges that stands for real principles. Not just when it is convenient or expedient.

    Hillary is still my gal. I honestly wish she would run as an Independent just to stick it to the Democratic party like they have stuck it to us.

    I haven’t abandoned my party. But as Donna Brazile made quite evident it wasn’t my party to begin with.

    What I thought was my party abandoned me.

    I never understood Independents until I became one. Now I get it completely.

  • jd

    We need Sen Clinton to run as an Independent NOW. The democratic party is dead to me. Let them do whatever they want with the party, I don’t care.

    Please people, write to her and Bill and beg them to declare themselves as Indy. The party has shit on the Clintons after all they have done for the party. Now Pelosi and her pathetic pols friends in DC want to grab the next money train. Pathetic.

  • Percy

    I think we vote McCain …. Brazille wants Hillary supporters to stay home because that helps Obama. They can throw superficial threats about McCain… the real threat is Obama and his croonies.

    I will vote Hillary or McCain.

    Write in of Hillary is noble… and write ins are not possible on the machines …. and it is a vote for Obama.

  • Kathryn

    It is an incredible affront to me that the enemy turns out to be an enemy within. I feel incredibly betrayed by a Party I have worked literally my whole life for. My Mom ran the campaign office here for Bobby back in the day and I used to help her and I was 7. I love(d) this Party, now they want to toss me on the garbage heap for a con artist.

  • ChrisXP

    Nice write up from the Independent…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/sarah-churchwell-hang-on-in-there-hillary-its-too-soon-to-quit-822750.html

    The Brits seem to “get it” better than even the natives!

  • A

    I’ve got 2 questions for the Obama supporters:

    1. If we must vote for Obama because McCain is the worst thing that could happen to our country, then why did Obama-maven John Kerry BEG McCain to be his running-mate.

    2. If women’s rights issues are the most critical purpose of our time, then why didn’t you vote for the woman? Why did you instead vote for the guy who isn’t sure if life begins at conception (and who wanted to vote for Roberts)

  • TeakwoodKite

    SusanUnPc, What will be left of Democratic Party?

    If what I experienced last week is any example, (what I emailed you)
    nothing but splinters of a wrecked hull on the rocks.

    I suppose the manifestations of political anarchy and the continued rise of socialism / fascism will permeate many cultural / ethnic norms, and in my view the trend lines are very destructive for American Society.

    When so many people in positions of power, who are not accountable or willing to accept responsiblity for their actions, are focused on pointing fingers in the air or at anyone else but themselves…is it any wonder this country is where it is?

    I really want to thank you and the folks at NQ for the forum.

  • http://touslesfelins.free.fr/sauvage_europe.htm chatsauvage

    I guess this is the Obama campaign’s response to all the good Caucasian and Latino voters of Hammond, Indiana, who told the corrupt Chicago politician to go back to his Rezko mansion where he and his vile wife belong. Rezko’s mansion is only 15 minutes from Hammond, and those blue collar voters saw through the cosmetics and rejected the beast that is Barack Obama.

    thank you hammond. and thank you blue collar white ethnics and Latinos of Northwest Indiana for rebuffing the corrupt Chicago machine politician who did nothing for steelworkers or for the residents of Chicago’s south side. The residents of Hammond know he is a liar, and we heard their voices loud and clear.

    I LOVE HAMMOND, INDIANA.