As usual, Charlie Pierce gets right to the heart of the matter:
Why Did the DNC Let the Bernie-Hillary Tech Story Leak?
A better question: Would it have leaked if the roles were reversed?
. . . if I wanted to distract from the fact that Sanders on Thursday was endorsed by the Communication Workers of America, and by Democracy For America, this also would be exactly the kind of story I would want out there. . . .
There was some serious dumbassery involved on the part of the Sanders campaign, and the person most responsible has been sacked, so the story's over, right? The DNC could allow the Sanders campaign access to the data again. But what admittedly sends my thoughts up a grassy knoll is how this relatively minor blip made it to The Washington Post in the first place. After all, the bungling was with the vendor, and with the DNC for hiring the vendor, so wouldn't the smart play have been to keep this whole thing in-house? Also, if this story survives through the Saturday night debate, let alone becomes an issue therein, and if the Sanders campaign is shut out from the national party data for longer than this weekend, I'm going to be very, very suspicious. Devious and clumsy are, after all, the hallmarks of the DWS era.
Discuss. And don’t forget to call the DNC (202-863-8000) and give them a piece your mind, sign the MoveOn petition, and, of course, donate to Bernie.
Jim in Chicago
It occurs to me that this is right out of Karl Rove’s playbook: attack a candidate’s strengths. Bernie scores off the chart on honesty/trustworthiness so what better way to take him down a peg than to make an immediately fired staffer’s mistake into a high-profile story imputing dishonesty to the candidate himself. And the best part is, the DNC does this for Hillary so she doesn’t have her fingerprints on the attack.