- The Washington Times - Monday, September 3, 2018


Conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, class is in session.

The Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference is slated this week in Washington, as usual, so I perused the CBC Foundation’s website for one name in particular — that of Democrat extraordinaire Donna Brazile.

The native Louisianan has been involved in grass-roots efforts since grade school and presidential politics since Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale left Dems singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” — if only for one term.

A true strategist, she spent decades inside and alongside the Democratic Party, and Miss Brazile took the reins of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the battle for the White House heated up in the summer of 2016, when the burning question was, can Hillary Clinton take out Donald Trump, or will Donald Trump take out Hillary Clinton?

You know the answer, unless you went to bed early on Election Night 2016, awakened to learn the results and pulled the covers over your head and have yet to re-emerge.

While any dime-store shrink would now tell you to get over it because, well, life goes on, even for Hillary, it’s truly a revolution among the Democrats when the name Donna Brazile doesn’t appear on the CBC’s speakers list. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Wonder if the omission has anything to do with “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” Miss Brazile’s 2017 book that opened wide the door to the true collusion in 2016 — the collusion between the Clinton campaign and the DNC.

Hillary and her Brooklyn crew ruled the roost at the DNC, agreeing to erase the indebted DNC’s tab and put it on an allowance.

Miss Brazile stepped into the DNC breach after Debbie Wasserman-Schultz stepped aside in late July — but by then, the die had been cast.

Team Clinton went to New York on the DNC, and by that I mean, as Miss Brazile has said, the Clinton camp was “unethical” in its thievery (even though it didn’t go a far as the Nixon camp’s Watergate break-in).

So, for me, no Donna Brazile, no CBC weekend. But the Dems will do just fine. They preach best to the choir anyway, with anti-conservative messaging standing out like a cheap motel’s blinking vacancy sign.

Perhaps the CBC can no longer afford Miss Brazile, who has new news of her own to claim: She has been named Howard University’s 2018-19 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, and gives her first of five lectures beginning Sept. 4. She’ll talk about politics, of course, and civility — a very, very hot topic partly thanks to the tweet-meister in the White House.

Conservatives, the CBC and the Republicans should check out her lectures to see what they can learn by osmosis. The CBC might learn more than a thing or two about getting a seat at every table — if for no other reason than the fact that the title of her next tome is “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.”

To wit: Rainbows are never enough, as Hillary learned the hard way.

Deborah Simmons can be contacted at [email protected]

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