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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 7, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076XBPBS3
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Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House Audiobook – Unabridged
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I've NEVER been a fan of Donna Brazile... but after reading what feels like a sincere account of what happened behind the scenes, I can't help but feel bad for her... and what those "Political Hacks" did (and are doing) to her.
Here Donna shares a couple of pretty believable points of view about her leaking questions to HRC during the Primary Debates against Bernie... Points of view I only believe after she shared so many other embarrassing and humiliating accounts of what it was like dealing with "Brooklyn"... Instead of constantly having to say Hillary Clinton, or Clinton Campaign, she uses "Brooklyn" as the catch-all word for all things Hillary. Granted, she apologizes way too many times in the final chapters, which makes me question the sincerity of her initial explanation.
If you, like me, also enjoy a good book narration... I must say Donna hits it out of the park. My conservative friends are going to question the sanity of this next statement, but I kind of feel sorry for her and all she had to put up with from her people... Only time will tell, but I think a little part of me now likes Donna.
Even though one may be from the way opposite side of Donna's political aisle... I think you'll enjoy reading about Donna's alter-ego, her potty mouth, and her no-holds barred attitude to "making it happen".
If she had given us more of an inside look at her journey through the tumultuous Clinton campaign and the election, the book would have been more valuable. The fact is, before the hacking stuff ever took place, a huge number of the American electorate disliked and distrusted Hillary Clinton, and that's mainly why she lost. Brazile might have focused on why that was, with her astute insights into politics. Bernie Sanders would not have gotten as far as he did in the primaries if people weren't so Hillary-averse....Democrats, Republicans, Independents. And I think it was evident why -- not through the email controversy alone, but from the arrogance of the candidate from the start, her inability to really listen to the People she was supposed to serve, her relentless support for bad policies -- political correctness, immigration, crime, terrorism and the rest. Her health issues showed a decided lack of candor (which she always showed in everything) even with people in her own campaign. Dishonesty, evasion, lack of accountability, doing seriously unethical things to enrich herself -- that's what was in voters' minds when they went to the polls. If Donna Brazile had acted on her instinct to replace Clinton with Biden, things might have gone differently with the 2016 election. As it was, that would have been very hard to do procedurally, and that's probably why she didn't attempt to do that. Besides, the primary voters had spoken, and Brazile really couldn't just overthrow that primary process without a real hassle and uproar. But frankly, Donna, we wish you had tried.
In any case, I liked Donna Brazile throughout most of the book -- just not her obsession with the Russian hacking, and absence of political insight on how her candidate was conducting herself and her campaign.
Oh well. Next time, Donna.
This tome was brilliantly insightful and, instead of being criticized, should be used by The Democrat Party as a blueprint for rebuilding their organization. She is a brilliant strategist that ceded control to a less experienced political machine. This machine did not have the best interest of The Party or Secretary Clinton in mind. It is also scary to read about he potential FEC violations that occurred, resulting in a loss where violators could not be pardoned.
Americans are not all cold, calculating, mindless robots that vote The Party line. They needed someone who could relate to the blue collar workers in the field, some who hunt to put food on the table, to the robots working in offices in giant metropoli and Hillary’s staff did not realize this. Ms. Brazile did but her words were not heeded. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Brazile!