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Political Football Fumbles

brazile-teaserThe left-leaning Politico published a fairly good article this morning outlining some of the systemic and strategic problems with Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated 2016 Presidential campaign.  Some of their points were obvious—an enthusiasm gap, failure to connect with rural voters in rust belt states, and so forth.  Among the specifics cited was one that jumped off the computer screen and screamed at me.

As most of you know, alleged journalist Donna Brazile took over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee shortly after the primaries.  This, after it was discovered (by way of hacked emails) that former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had helped in an effort to “rig” the nomination process for Hillary.  It turns out Brazile should have kept her gig as a political hack.  Her stunning lack of knowledge appears to have been a key factor in insuring the defeat of the candidate she so loved.

This passage from the Politico article reveals a strategic move Brazile ordered with DNC money late in the campaign.

 But there also were millions approved for transfer from Clinton’s campaign for use by the DNC — which, under a plan devised by Brazile to drum up urban turnout out of fear that Trump would win the popular vote while losing the electoral vote, got dumped into Chicago and New Orleans, far from anywhere that would have made a difference in the election.

I cannot begin to convey how profoundly stupid this idea is.  Why in the hell would Brazile (or anyone else in the campaign) be concerned about the popular vote totals?  I’m sure any Clinton supporter can tell you today that the popular vote totals DO NOT MATTER!  What overall benefit did it offer the campaign to run up the score in Chicago, padding a comfortable lead in a reliably-blue state like Illinois?

6379112c03ef265b228d419a2b8bd148398ad238I am struggling to come up with a good analogy that would convey how irredeemably stupid this strategy is.  How about this?  Imagine the Dallas Cowboys practicing for a Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots.  Worried that the Patriots might get more totals yards in the game, the Cowboys focus exclusively on offense; at the expense of prepping their defense and special teams?  In the game, the Cowboys outgain the Patriots by a hundred yards, but lose by two touchdowns because of two blocked punts and three missed field goals.   Had the Cowboys focused on all aspects of the game, those mistakes could have been prevented.  But hey…they outgained the Patriots…and that’s what they practiced so hard for.  Right?  Right?

With the recent news this week we can only come to one sane conclusion.  Donna Brazile is a Russian spy.

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