Convention drama continues this week with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, the city of brotherly love. It looks like there will be anything but love found there, as the DNC finds itself in deeper turmoil than the Trump-raddled GOP finds itself in.
The problem is two-fold, perhaps three-fold as of Sunday, July 24, when current DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz announced that she would be stepping down at the close of the convention.
The first issue is that of the presumptive “Clinton-Kaine” ticket on which the delegates will vote this week. On Friday, July 22, Hillary Clinton announced that Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) would be joining her on the Democratic ticket. Sen. Kaine seems like a safe, if not boring, pick for the first female nominee. He’s expected to pick up his home state, which is a “battleground state.” Additionally, he speaks fluent Spanish and practices Roman Catholicism.
In short, he is to be seen as a pivot toward the center for America’s favorite progressive.
This leads us to the second major problem within the DNC. Wikileaks released approximately 20,000 emails from the party that reveal a host of backroom maneuvers that ensured Clinton’s nomination. These included questioning Sanders’ atheism, calling his campaign manager a liar, and helping arrange several anti-Trump protests during the primary campaigns.
Naturally, Sanders’ supporters are livid, and Senator Sanders commended Wasserman Schulz for resigning for her complicity. Nevertheless, his supporters swarmed the rules’ committee meetings with plans to undo the corruption that impeded Sanders’ chances at the nomination. They tried to rid the nomination process of superdelegates altogether; when that flopped, they attempted to reduce their influence. Finally, they tried to have a minority report vote held at the convention–in front of all the cameras.
When asked about the scandal, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook remarked that “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” implying that Wikileaks is an arm of Russian intelligence.
In other breaking developments, Clinton announced just this morning that Wasserman Schulz would be joining her campaign team as an honorary chair of her campaign’s 50-state program. While this was no doubt meant as a way to keep the now-former DNC chair involved in the election cycle, it will be viewed as further betrayal by Sanders’ former supporters.
Hillary’s front against Wikileaks is not merely one motivated by foreign policy concerns; it’s also self-preservation. This party fracture look bad enough on the eve of her official nomination, but Wikileaks is planning to go further by launching a personal assault in their new “Hillary Series,” of which this damning story is only the beginning.
All this, and only on Day One of the DNC. Things will only get more chaotic from here.