It seems that the worst fears of Sanders supporters regarding the DNC’s role in the primary now have solid evidence backing them up. I don’t know how Wikileaks got a hold of emails, and I’m not sure I like that people venting is now public, especially since the DNC is not a government entity and would not be subject to records laws like FOIA. (One article calls Wikileaks conservative, which I did not realize and also says the emails were illegally obtained.) Now that they have, however, I, like many Dem activists are disturbed by what they reveal. For those of you just joining us DNC staffers, who should be neutral in a primary, have been revealed to have discussed ways to undermine the Sanders presidential campaign and promote the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. The good news? These suggestions were never acted upon.
The immediate fallout was that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was not going to preside or speak at this week’s convention, but now she will resign immediately following the convention. Donna Brazile will serve as interim Chair, presumably until the next regular election that would be in a few months anyway. She actually served as interim Chair once before, between the tenures of Tim Kaine and DWS, and has long been active in national Democratic politics, notably at least in my memory on Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. Sanders, however, is still on board with Clinton, though he did call for the resignation of DWS as Chair.