Donna Brazile and a Fat Book Deal- Democrats Hit Back Hard.

The exaggerated and opportunistic claims about the 2016 Presidential campaign made by former DNC chairperson Donna Brazile last week rank among the most brazen, shameless, ham-handed attempts at self-promotion in the history of literary contracts.

It really leaves you flabbergasted. A book deal is that important? A few extra bucks, when you’re already loaded? Getting your name in the history books for the most rotten imaginable reason? Dante reserved the lowest level of hell for traitors.

Elizabeth Warren’s defection hurts too, of course, but that’s been waiting a long time to happen. She was a staunch Republican for many years.

She was the one the fake left wanted to hamstring Hillary Clinton with originally; Bernie was their stand-in. They called the campaign Run, Warren, Run. The reference is to the mentally handicapped Forrest Gump, and that’s about how smart the plan was. She didn’t bite, back then. Too bad about this time.

 It’s always sad, to see someone sell their own people down the river.
We would like to thank Donna Brazile for the years of service that she gave to the Democratic Party. We are saddened and shocked beyond words at her slanders, and at her betrayal. And yet, she will be missed.
The Brazile bone was thrown to get Democrats squabbling over last year, rather than focus on what’s going on right now- the biggest week in the Russiagate scandal so far. This is a continuation of the Uranium One strategy from last week. It was done in order to divert attention from a number of other events taking place now, events with actual significance.
This is what they do when they need to use deflection. They manage, in one way or the next, to push a button they know will cause internal strife among the left.
Millennial Democrats cannot help but wonder- How bad is it, on the Bernie side? Do they realize this is being done to hurt them as well as us, this trumping up of public records as scandals on Hillary Clinton?
It’s like when they made a big show out of announcing that Jane Sanders was being investigated by the FBI for fraud relating to her tenure as president of Vermont’s Burlington College. It was unfair, and it was not new. It had been an ongoing story for months.
But they brought it back up when they found it convenient and threw it at us like a bone among dogs in the hopes that we’d start in on each other. That’s what’s going on today. It’s an attempt at distraction, and they have got a lot to distract us from.

It’s a shame that people are greedy, and it’s also a shame they are gullible. But what can you do? Human beings have been selling each other out and doing each other dirty, since before we were even human beings. We’re learning. In the meantime, we can’t get mired down in the people who have stabbed us in the back. That’s why they did it. To slow us down long enough to bleed out.

The way the conservative media tells the story, things have reached the point now who you voted for in the primary is more important than anything else. It’s the fight that never ends. The fascists love it, of course.

Remember the #TrumpWon hashtag promoted by 4chan last summer? It featured a whole slew of tricks they were planning, including one that said- “Wouldn’t it be great, if we could get all the libtards fighting with each other, using our hashtag?”

2016 was 2016. We’re a month away from 2018. We either get ourselves together now or suffer. For however long it takes.

Malcolm Nance summed it up best today when he said that rehashing this again does nothing but to split the Democratic Party in half, and it gives Trump eight more years in office. What an atrocity of a waste that would be. What a stupid and absolute waste. The way things are looking now, we’re all going to be arguing Bernie vs Hillary together. On the bus to a concentration camp.

The Brazile claims amount to nothing more than a new batch of Hillary’s emails.

In a nutshell, they tell us that the DNC was broke and that Hillary Clinton paid out of pocket for the Democrats to have a candidate at all. What a foul and unspeakable crime! How dare we oppose a maniac, as he tries to take over the country?

Here are the facts, as laid out in a memorandum of understanding from August 26, 2015. Note that once again, not a bit of this is news or something that was covered up. It has been public record all the while.

The Democratic National Committee struck a deal with Hillary Clinton in 2015 that gave her campaign input on some party hiring and spending decisions, but required they be related only to preparations for the general election, according to a memo obtained by NBC News. It also left the door open for other candidates to make similar arrangements.

Both the Clinton and Sanders campaigns signed agreements that allowed the presidential candidates to raise money for the DNC.
The agreements came at a time when the Democratic committee was at the end of its financial rope. President Barack Obama had left the DNC penniless and in debt. When Debbie Wasserman- Schultz approached the campaigns around Labor Day of 2015, the DNC needed the joint fundraising agreements to stay operational and out of more debt. There would not have been a campaign at all if not for HRC.
 In exchange for Hillary for America’s assistance raising money for the DNC, the party committee agreed “that HFA personnel will be consulted and have joint authority over strategic decisions over the staffing, budget, expenditures, and general election-related communications.”
The memo made clear that the arrangement pertained to only the general election, not the primary season.
It is only logical to secure some say in what is being done with your money. Especially if you yourself have one of the most acutely strategical political minds in the world.

The DNC maintained “the authority to make the final decision” on senior staff in the communications, technology and research departments.

The memo stipulates the DNC had to hire a communications director by September 11, 2015. But  It also left open the possibility that it would sign similar agreements with other candidates.

“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. Bernie was asked to do the same thing. He just didn’t have any money.

This is yet another recent case of Donald Trump trying to turn us against each other and divert us from focusing fully on the relentless Robert Mueller and how close he is to Trump’s jugular.

Moving forward, we have got to stay focused. More than a hundred of HRC’s old staffers have spoken out against the revolting and unfair description of the campaign. It’s clear to most already that Donna Brazile is just a thirsty self-promoter.

Attacking HRC may appear politically expedient now, but that will only last a day. Popularity in the public eye is fickle, but a backstabber is never forgotten- and never trusted again. Furthermore, there is outrage over this like nothing we’ve seen since Bernie was scheduled to speak at the Women’s Convention.

This evening, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam released a report proving that Russian bots have been interfering in their race on his opponent Ed Gillespie’s behalf just as they did for Trump last year. We have to back him up, and we’ve got to do it now.

This is Election Week. We have got to win back the Virginia Governorship. We need a win. That is where our attention is needed this week, and that is where we’re going to put it. See you in the trenches.

 

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A Case Study in Fake News- Uranium One, The Scandal That Wasn’t.

The Uranium One story is a prime example of fake news.  It is a GOP talking point known to be false. That knowledge, however, is not very important to the Republicans, who have gone to great length to keep America talking about it this week.  The opposition has spent an awful lot of money to kick off the conversation.

The whole thing is a cheap attempt to shift the Russiagate narrative by blaming it all on Hillary Clinton.

As this was being written, the first news came back that Paul Manafort and his sidekick Rick Gates were indicted on money crimes going back to their Ukraine days. A jubilant Trump tweeted out a statement distancing himself from these activities.

But Mueller wasn’t finished. The true bombshell was yet to come.

It turns out that former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had admitted lying to the FBI about contacts with foreign officials close to the Russian government who discussed “dirt” relating to emails linked to Clinton. He was quietly arrested on July 27. He’s been fully cooperating with the government ever since. 

This is why we’ve spent the week hearing about the Uranium One deal.

The relation of truth to a given subject is not a considered factor when we’re talking about the Trump administration. This story was manufactured conservative disinformation from beginning to end. It has been threaded back into the national narrative as a political countersuit against Democrats.

It’s just Trump’s old Manhattan real estate strategy in his new role as president. This is the political equivalent of a countersuit. The ghost of Roy Cohn has got to be gnashing its teeth in glee, down there in hell.

Joy Reid recently summed up the Trump strategy by quoting from the presidential debate last summer. “I’m no puppet. You’re a puppet”.

The idea is that to relieve the pressure on him, Trump will attempt to shift the nation’s attention and anger toward Hillary Clinton.  Accuse your enemy, of that which you are guilty of. The concept is called swiftboating. Its purpose is to scare Democrats into shutting up and going home. To make us tap out due to fear for the safety of our leader. “You leave me alone, and I’ll leave you alone. If not, there will be trouble.”

This is the face of fascism.  Manufactured excuses. Rampant what-aboutism. Legitimate science is either discarded or adapted. It all becomes part of the new authoritarian ideology. It is then gradually dripped into the heads of the people by the likes of Boris Epshteyn and Sebastian Gorka.

This concept is not abstract, or something that only happens elsewhere. Companies like the Sinclair Broadcasting Company, which is said to be in talks with conservative TV show host Bill O’Reilly, will be threading pro- Trump messaging into every aspect of television. Their virulent brand of right-wing commentary and so-called “classic propaganda” may soon reach three-quarters of US households.

Insofar as Democratic involvement is concerned in the U1 deal, there’s nothing controversial at all. It’s an attempt to shift the national narrative back against Trump’s enemies and give his supporters some new and soothing lie to hold on to.

The important issue here is why this ordinary transaction was cooked up into a scandal in the first place; and the troubling implications that it has for the future of American democracy.

As to the details of the controversy surrounding Uranium One, they are not very controversial.

The company is a subsidiary of Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear technology corporation. In 2010, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State, Rosatom wished to acquire a majority share of Uranium One. In order for it to share in the control of uranium mines in the United States, the sale had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment In the United States (CFIUS).

Because the deal would ultimately place Uranium One in control of 20% of U.S. uranium production capacity, the transaction required federal approval. During the 2016 election campaign, Trump asserted that Clinton “gave 20% of our uranium — gave Russia for a big payment.” This is untrue on every level.

The mining licenses remained with U.S. subsidiaries controlled by U.S. persons. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reviewed the transaction and gave its approval. All nine members of the CFIUS board voted for it with a clear conscience and say today they’d do the same again.

Uranium One does not hold the proper export license, so none of its uranium can be exported. It can never be taken to Russia and turned into nukes.

All the committee members have told everyone Clinton was not involved in the decision.

This “scandal” consisted of a Canadian company, the Northern Uranium Corporation,  selling a Russian company some stock in uranium.

The nuclear recycling angle, specifically the Koch Industries interest in the valuable uranium that comes out of them, is likely of tantamount importance here. The educated guess of one expert who spoke with Millennial Democrats under the conditions of anonymity is that the Kochs did not want the competition from recycled uranium.

Most likely, this was why they needed a reason to keep recycled uranium politically unpopular. They also needed a reason to keep Hillary Clinton unpopular. It would seem they put two and two together.

These two things have nothing to do with one another, but it proved easy to make it seem otherwise. This is where the slanderous spin on Uranium One came from.

This libel has no basis in any historical record. It comes out of a wingnut book called Clinton Cash. Its production was financed by an organization called the Government Accountability Institute. This is a conservative nonprofit founded by the book’s author, Peter Schweitzer. They teamed up with Breitbart’s Steve Bannon to conduct the research for the book. Billionaire Robert Mercer, the same guy who is still paying the bills for Breitbart News, signed the check on this one, too.

Needless to say, it has been thoroughly dismantled by experts.

The story was ridiculous and crooked back then, but its revival in the national dialogue at this particular time is troubling in the extreme. It means the RNC is willing to drag a private citizen into government affairs, for no reason other than to deflect attention from the truth. You don’t prosecute your political opponents using show trials and Congress in order to attack anything but the fabric of our democracy.

Going forward, the Uranium One slander serves as an excellent case study for the examining and reverse-engineering of Republican propaganda. There will be more of this to come than we can imagine; Russian ads alone reached over 120 million on Facebook this year.

By thinking critically and staying alert, however, we can spot these things as they come. We can dismantle them, dissect them, and lay bare their innards to the light.  In this manner, we will come to see how they work.

Then we hold them up as examples of the disingenuity of our opponents. Our job is to expose lies and bear witness.

There’s still a lot we can do. We still have everything it takes to fight the attempts of Trump and Putin at tyranny. The time-honored power of the vote can still save us. Make a specific plan for voting, and do what you can to get others to do the same. Once we take back the Congress, we can rid ourselves of Trump. In short, #RiseAndOrganize.

End Discord Among Democrats, Bernie- Join Us, or Don’t.

Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat. It all comes down to that. Everything he does makes perfect sense, once you’ve considered that he isn’t on our side.

A great deal of the blame for what happened in 2016 can be attributed to that fact. The primary started out well enough. Both sides were respectful and willing to dialogue. Both agreed that they had more in common than not, and that the entire thing basically amounted to a quarrel between brothers. We had a passionate, issues-focused, ideologically driven primary. It exemplified all that is right with the American political system. Everything was going fine.

Then Bernie started losing.

April was the turning month. On the seventh, he reviled Hillary Clinton in a speech in Philadelphia, calling her “unqualified” to be President, a blatantly sexist and stupid thing to say. It drew him a monstrous backlash from across the country, and from that day forward things began to change.

Bernie himself walked back from the comments. And many of his supporters refused to sign on with them. But many others, most notably the members of Bernie or Bust, followed their leader out too far and burned their bridges. That caused a schism in the Democratic Party, and things were not to improve.

As the weeks went by, things got worse for Bernie nearly every Tuesday. The delegate count and the popular vote were against him after Super Tuesday, and it just kept getting worse. By the time May rolled around, it was all but mathematically impossible for the Sanders campaign to prevail. It had been a good fight, but barring an unforeseen tragedy he was lost.

The best thing for the party, and for the country, would have been for Bernie to concede the race by June. Had he spent his time as vigorously campaigning for Hillary Clinton as he had for himself, things may well have worked out differently. As it went, by the time he finally gave his endorsement, far too much had happened.

The story of sensitive e-mails suggesting that Debbie-Wassermann- Schultz and Bernie did not like each other turning into an anti- Sanders conspiracy in the minds of his devotees has by now become legendary. They rioted in the streets while Paul Simon was playing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”.

Their attitude was a giant wet blanket on the enthusiasm of the general election, which was almost anticlimactic after the primary. There was nothing unexpected. Clinton and Trump were polar opposites; everybody knew what they were getting. But many in the Sanders camp persisted in drawing false equivalencies.

On Election Day, the former supporters of Bernie Sanders went around saying, “Hold your nose to the polls!”.

The day after the election, Bernie was trending on Facebook. Everyone was talking about whether Bernie could have won. Anyone who watched last night’s debate with Ted Cruz should be wondering no longer. It was a slaughter. Trump would have taken Bernie to the cleaners.

Since then, the gap between the Democratic Party and the rogue Sanders element has widened continuously. The 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship election between Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was the first contested DNC chair election since 1985. It gave us a solid look at the discord brewing in the party.

For more than a year, real Democrats have been asking our leaders to deal with this matter, in no uncertain terms. It’s dangerous to be in a trench with people who are trying to kill you. The time has come to settle the issue.

This is why the DNC has offered a formal invitation to Bernie Sanders to join the Democratic Party. It’s time we all knew which side we were on. If you are one of us, then say so, and we’ll start burying the hatchet. If you are not, then form your own party. One way or the other, this internecine war has got to end. It does nothing but rip us all up.

The DNC has also announced its picks for the DNC’s at-large positions ahead of this week’s fall meeting in Las Vegas. The party’s new slate of at-large delegates is reflective of reality. The radical left elements in our party have seen themselves ousted, and replaced with personnel who are both competent and loyal. Millennial Democrats is happy to welcome back Donna Brazile.

The beneficiaries of all this infighting have been the Republicans and Donald Trump. The man is insane and also a billionaire. We have got our hands as full as we can handle. We can fight a war on two fronts, if we have to, but we cannot fight one from within. Join us or don’t, Senator Sanders. We’ve all got work to do.