Temporary Democrat National Committee chair Donna Brazile fessing up to the DNC’s role in slanting the 2016 primary on behalf of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders is sure to draw some interesting battle lines within the Democrat Party. Indeed, it’s already started.
The Hill reports that on Thursday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren gave an unequivocal “yes” on CNN, in response to Jake Tapper asking whether she thought the primary was rigged for Clinton:
Warren said the allegations are a “real problem” and called on new DNC chairman Tom Perez to unite the party.
“When …Tom Perez was first elected chair of the DNC, the very first conversation I had with him [was] to say, you have got to put together a Democratic party in which everybody can have confidence that the party is working for Democrats, rather than Democrats are working for the party,” Warren said. “And he’s being tested now.”
“This is a test for Tom Perez,” she continued. “Either he’s going to succeed by bringing Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders’ representatives into this process and they’re going to say ‘it’s fair, it works, we all believe it,’ or he’s going to fail.”
Hot Air reports that CNN wasn’t the only channel where Warren was asked and answered that question:
On PBS News Hour, host Judy Woodruff asked, “Do you think though that what we’re learning from Donna Brazile’s book suggests that the campaign, that what the Democratic National Committee did, meant this election was rigged?” Warren replied, “I think it was.” She continued, “What we have to focus on now as Democrats is, we recognize the process was rigged. And now it is up to Democrats to build a new process, a process that really works and works for everyone.
Do you agree with the notion that the DNC was rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor?
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) November 2, 2017
This is all very interesting in light of where Warren stood back when something could have been done about the rigging. While Brazile has given us more details this week, the fact that it was going on isn’t news. It was a major, persistent source of discontent on the Left in 2016 … but if it bothered Warren at the time, it apparently didn’t bother her enough to keep her from endorsing Clinton over Sanders or accepting a speaking slot at the Democrat National Convention. I sure don’t remember her calling out the DNC during the primary, and a cursory Google and Twitter search doesn’t reveal any instances of her doing so.
But now that the horse she backed is a proven failure whose political future is essentially done, Warren’s calculus has changed. Signaling her solidarity with disgruntled Bernie Bros against the Democrat establishment appears to be part of a trend. Here she is doing a video with Sanders attacking the just-revealed Republican tax plan:
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