The Democratic Party's In a World of Trouble: What You Should Know
Politicians learn that email is hard to do. The DNC kicks off. And Bernie Sanders gets to say "I told ya so."
The Short of It:
This week Hillary Clinton is set to be ordained as the Democratic presidential nominee in Philadelphia, PA during the Democratic National Committee. This all comes on the heels of a great big data-dump delivered by Wikileaks which revealed the "something rotten" in the state of the Democratic party and the Hillary campaign last Friday.
The Longer Version of It:
First, let's back it up.
What is this Groundhog's Day? Pretty sure we did the national convention last week...
That was the Republican National Convention, now it's the Democrats' turn. Just like the RNC, the DNC will officially nominate and back a Democratic candidate (Hillary Clinton) for president and a vice president (Tim Kaine). They'll also work to outline a party platform and unify the party. A vote for the Party's presidential candidate will be cast and the primaries will officially move into the start of the general election.
What's the Word on the DNC Platform?
This year's Democratic party platform will address the party's fight for an increase in the minimum wage, an increase in tax for big banking Americans, holding corporations culpable for corruption and the great marijuana debate.
Who's Going to the Convention?
The guest list will be a mashup of sorts: kind of like a political convention/ Coachella festival. Political celebrities like President Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will attend. Celebrities like Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Eva Longoria will be there too. Not on the list: Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Who's Debbie Wassermann Schultz?
You might know her now as the DNC Chairperson who couldn't slay at the email game and got eliminated. As the U.S. Representative from Florida and the former Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, Wasserman Schultz has been known for not making Democratic friends and alienating people: she's said marijuana is an extremely dangerous drug and has been vocal about her position on the payday loan industry, which she thinks is great. Complaints about her go all of the way back to 2012 when aides to President Obama including his campaign manager the time, Jim Messina, urged him to remove her from the DNC chair position after taking issue with her approach to fundraising and inclination to nominate personal aids to positions of authority that they weren't qualified for. In other words, she was big on loyalty and not so much about expertise or value. You know, what you want your government officials to be full of.
This past Friday, a trove of emails leaked in Wikileak's Scandal 2.0 revealed that she and other party officials had conspired to sabotage the Bernie Sanders campaign. Emails show staffers trying to find ways to negatively portray Sanders' supporters as well as bring into question Sanders' religious beliefs to Southern voters in order to undermine his candidacy. Oh, and that it really is pretty hard to score Hamilton tickets. The chairwoman tried to used her DNC connection to get tickets to the Broadway hit in 2015.
Since all of this has happened Wasserman Schultz has reportedly agreed to step down as chair pass her responsibilities of giving a speech on the party's behalf at this week's Democratic convention.
So What's with This Email Flub?
First thing to know, this isn't about Hillary Clinton and her Benghazi emails. Total horse of a different color. These emails leaked emails are about the DNC and reveal that the Democratic party had been working against Senator Bernie Sanders to nominate Hillary Clinton. Too good to be true for the GOP who the Democrats have been pointing at as the broken party to their united one. It's also a major foot-in-the-mouth moment for the Democrats, who have denied Sanders's accusations of bias by the party towards Clinton since the start of his campaign. All throughout his campaign Sanders had repeatedly urged Wasserman Schultz to step down from her position.
So Who's Behind the Leak?
You can tap dance this one all the way back to Russia. You might remember the name Julian Assange, he's the editor-in-chief of the organization WikiLeaks which has been the thorn in the side of the Clinton campaign since it leaked U.S. State Department cables in 2010 and then set up a searchable archive of Clinton's emails in May of this year. He's been threatening to leak damaging information about Clinton for months. His name is also linked to one Edward Snowden who you'll remember as the guy behind the 2013 mass surveillance disclosure and who is also currently holding up in Russia, where he had been granted asylum after the leaks. Who in Russia has been extremely supportive of the nomination of Donald Trump? Vladimir Putin, who Hillary Clinton has accused of having a vested interested in the GOP presidential candidate. Yes, you can say it. It's a conspiracy!
Melania Trump is probably feeling all types of relief by now because this is proving to be an even bigger shit show than the one she experienced last week. Democrats had been relying on the convention as an opportunity to convince voters that Clinton was the right candidate for the big job and to ignore the various scandals fiddling behind the curtain like the Benghazi attacks, her inbox scandal, her husbands indiscretions, and the millions of dollars she gets from from big banks like Goldman Sachs. Now it seems they'll be forced to fight to keep former Sanders supporters and portray a united front for the country. Here's to hoping the divisive Clinton and the dividing Democratic party can pull it together for the sake of unity and a strong vote.
Also, this would be great time to use the "your generation" card with your dad. "First Hillary and now Debbie. Your generation clearly doesn't know how to use email."
The How Tos:
Watch the DNC on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS every night this week from 10-11pm ET. It's also available to live stream.
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