The first 2016 campaign book from a top Hillary Rodham Clinton ally is promising to blow the lid off the dysfunctional Democratic National Committee under former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and hang "crimes" around Donald Trump's campaign.
In "Hacks," Donna Brazile, who replaced Wasserman Schultz, dumped a year ago this month in the wake of the Wikileaks release of DNC emails, promises "an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory," according to publisher Hachette.
The publisher announced the deal with Brazile today and said "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House," will be released on the one year anniversary of the election, November 7th.
Brazile, represented in the deal by Alexandria, Va.-based Javelin, said in Hachette's release, "I've been a Democrat all my life, but I'm an American first of all. At a moment when our democracy is in crisis, it's time to tell the truth about what went wrong in 2016. Our nation is under unprecedented assault, and if we don't get the facts out, it will happen again—and worse than you can imagine."
Few details were released but those hinted at are already proving explosive and are angering party insiders.
Her assault on the DNC follows Clinton's and is the latest evidence the the party apparatus was a mess and unable to help Clinton deal with Trump, whose small campaign team played by their own and often unorthodox rules.
"With the future of the country hanging in the balance, Brazile found herself trying to corral a party beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris," said Hachette of the former Al Gore presidential campaign manager and longtime DNC official and Washington politico.
She also plans to reveal the "missteps" of the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that cleared the way for Trump's election.
And she also appears ready to pump up the Russia scandal weighing on the White House.
Said Hachette: "Not only was the DNC reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence a presidential election, their candidate, Hillary Clinton, was facing an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy."
Publisher Mauro DiPreta said, "Donna's first person perspective is eye opening. She provides much-needed answers that shed a provocative and at times disturbing light on the historic 2016 election. Our hope is that Hacks will not only set the record straight but also provide a cautionary tale for future elections."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org