February 21, 2003


Frustrated Democrat Makes Friends in G.O.P. (KATHARINE Q. SEELYE,February 21, 2003, NY Times)
Two years ago, Donna Brazile, then Al Gore's campaign manager, was engaged in daily combat with Karl Rove, then George W. Bush's top campaign strategist.

Today, they chirpily exchange e-mail, chat on the phone and write letters, indulging in their shared zeal for the inner workings of politics.

"I like her a lot," said Mr. Rove, now ensconced in the West Wing as President Bush's chief political adviser.

Ms. Brazile, a committed Democrat who was the first black woman to manage a presidential campaign, has built similar relationships with other Republicans, like Grover Norquist, an influential conservative strategist. And her coziness with them comes as she is deeply frustrated with her own party for what she calls years of taking African-Americans for granted and for failing to organize for elections in a coherent way.

In fact, Ms. Brazile's alienation could well be viewed as emblematic of a Democratic Party in disarray. [...]

[A]s the new presidential season approaches, Ms. Brazile has spurned overtures from most of the Democratic candidates and opted out of the 2004 primaries. For the first time in her two decades in politics, she has hung out a shingle as a consultant who wants to be paid as well as other top Democratic strategists for her advice.

These days she pointedly calls herself a "totally independent Democrat." And she is not defensive about her chattiness with Republicans.

"I call Republicans because I can talk outside the box with them," she said. "I can talk with Democrats, but when I talk with Republicans, I learn a lot more." [...]

"The Republicans are in charge," she said. "I don't want African-Americans to wait four years or eight years for the Democrats to get back in the game before we make progress."

First Marty Peretz, now Donna Brazile...the Gorebots move Right? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2003 12:46 PM

This assumes that she isn't a mole learning Rove's tactics to then help the Dems.

For now I'll agree with OJ that her disenchantment with the Dems may be good news for the GOP

Posted by: AWW at February 21, 2003 1:48 PM

Let her learn: lower taxes, free trade, more privatization, greater reliance on religious institutions...

Posted by: oj at February 21, 2003 3:54 PM


Do you really think so? My memory of Brazile is that she was an incompetent loose cannon who did a lot of damage to Clinton. If anyone is getting taken for a ride here, my bet is on Brazile ending up as the patsy. She reminds me of Italy during the World Wars.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 21, 2003 4:13 PM


You may be right. My recollection was that she was a pretty good political operative (working for the enemy) and especially good at getting the African-American vote out for the Dems. I could be wrong. As noted below maybe the GOP can use this to increase their African-American vote.

Posted by: AWW at February 21, 2003 8:46 PM