Patrice already has blogged on the explosive revelations in former Democratic National Committee acting head Donna Brazile's new book, Hacks.
I want to zero in on one aspect of Brazile's revelations that I find quite revealing of the Democratic Party's paternalistic attitude about women.
Brazile writes that, after Hillary Clinton collapsed at a 9/11 memorial event, she considered replacing Clinton and veep candidate Tim Kaine on the Democratic ticket with Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
She thought the Clinton campaign looked doomed and that a Biden-Booker ticket had a better chance at defeating Donald Trump.
It's impossible to know the outcome of such an unheard of move (though Brazile says that the DNC head could do it), or even if Brazile seriously considered doing so. But her rationale for not doing so is revealing:
Ultimately, the former DNC head says, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
Whatever else this says, speaks volumes about the Democratic Party's view of women.
There are many reasons not to step in and remove candidates from a national presidential ticket in the midst of the campaign, but I submit that Brazile's rationalization makes women look like simpletons.
They are "proud and excited" but how about something other than an emotional response? Don't women actually think, Ms. Brazile?
Many women, moreover, did get past the emotional blackmail attempted by the Clinton campaign and surrogates such as Madeleine Albright, and found themselves supporting other candidates. It happens, Ms. Brazile, we're not a monolithic voting bloc swayed totally by our feelings.
Thanks, Ms. Brazile, for what promises to be one of the most riveting political books in recent years, but no thanks for treating women as hopeless, emotional Hillary sops who could not be swayed by reason.
But, hey, Democrats are all about blaming others nowadays, and why not blame women for your not making a change that you believe could have saved the country from a man you do not consider qualified to be president?