Various Democratic operatives have stated anonymously that Brock was a hindrance and possibly unstable. More importantly, they said that the millions raised by Brock was wasted as he funded various groups. Brock is the founder of the media watchdog Media Matters for America and liberal super PACs American Bridge and Correct the Record. Despite the many figures like Sanders denouncing Brock for his vicious and shadowy activities, all but one of the candidates currently running to chair the Democratic National Committee reportedly attended Brock’s retreat.
For his part, Carville declared Brock to be a necessary evil and brushed aside his tactics as even relevant to whether donors should embrace him. Carville rejected the notion of Democrats seeking a break from Brock and his tactics — the very break that Clinton herself refused to do before her defeat. Carville is quoted as saying
“Are they calling for purges? David has a really good relationship with a lot of donors and people who can help the party. If I were them, I would be thinking of ways I could work with David Brock, as opposed to having a tribunal determining the extent of party purity. I don’t think we need to walk around with ideological chastity belts.”
It will be hard for the Democrats to maintain that they are taking the moral high ground while funding people like Brock. Once again, Sanders was popular because he represented a change in politics. Clinton’s refusal to denounce Brock reinforced the widespread view that she was not truthworthy or principled. Carville and Democratic donors however appear intent on staying with that strategy while denouncing Trump for his tactics.
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