Two days later, Clinton collapsed as she left a Sept. Brazile blasts the campaign’s initial efforts to shroud details of her health as “shameful.” Whenever Brazile got frustrated with Clinton’s aides, she writes, she would remind them that the DNC charter empowered her to initiate the replacement of the nominee.If a nominee became disabled, she explains, the party chair would oversee a complicated process of filling the vacancy that would include a meeting of the full DNC. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) Brazile also was paid a surprise visit in her DNC office by Baker, who, she writes, was dispatched by the Clinton campaign “to make sure that Donna didn’t do anything crazy.” “Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” Brazile writes.More than 100 former senior aides issued an open letter Saturday night reading, “We do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book.“We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees,” the letter began.But at headquarters in New York, the mood was one of “self-satisfaction and inevitability,” and Brazile’s early reports of trouble were dismissed with “a condescending tone.” Brazile describes the 10th floor of Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, where senior staff worked: “Calm and antiseptic, like a hospital. You half-expected to see someone in a lab coat walk by.” During one visit, she writes, she thought of a question former Democratic congressman Tony Coelho used to ask her about campaigns: “Are the kids having sex? If not, let’s create something to get that going, or otherwise we’re not going to win.” “I didn’t sense much fun or [having sex] in Brooklyn,” she deadpans.Brazile writes that Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and his lieutenants were so obsessed with voter data and predictive analytics that they “missed the big picture.” “They knew how to size up voters not by meeting them and finding out what they cared about, what moved their hearts and stirred their souls, but by analyzing their habits,” she writes.Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated setting in motion a process to replace Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.” In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the process of removing Clinton and running mate Sen.Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump.
As she traveled the country, Brazile writes, she detected an alarming lack of enthusiasm for Clinton.A copy of the 288-page book was obtained in advance by The Washington Post.Former Clinton campaign officials strongly disputed some details in Brazile's account as well as her overall characterization of the campaign, and they disparaged her memoir as an effort to sell books and manufacture drama.She said the deal gave Clinton control over the DNC’s finances, strategy and staff decisions — disadvantaging other candidates, including Sanders.“This was not a criminal act, but as I saw it, it compromised the party’s integrity,” she writes.