“This campaign is devoid of positive messages, uplifting appeal, and coherent rationale”
An email released today by Wikileaks, sent from Brent Budowsky to top Clinton adviser John Podesta, has the former aide to Texas Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen and current Huffington Post amd The Hill columnist condemning Clinton for her almost uniformly negative campaigning. The email, sent January 21st, 2016 can be read here or in its entirety below.
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Hillary almost 100% negative
Almost every message being projected outward from her campaign is negative, and a candidate with high distrust ratings should not be doing this, and my phone has been ringing and my email box has been full with Democrats who like me who support her but who, like me, are appalled and losing confidence. I have never seen anything like this. This campaign is devoid of positive messages, uplifting appeal, and coherent rationale. And bluntly, it is getting to the point where every word she utters, there are more young people and first time participants in politics who support Bernie who would not support her in a general election no matter how hard I and others try to persuade them…..and whoever persuaded her that running for Obama’s third term is the way to win a general election is far removed from American politics in 2016, and if they think she can constantly shift her position they do not understand the depth of distrust of her and the damage it does…. and they do not understand in the modern communications environment she cannot be a centrist one day and a liberal the next day because images and impressions are formed and locked in far earlier than in the 1970’s to 1990’s. This is a campaign that has never had a compelling rationale and now has lost its way into a sea of negativity…..the way for her to be elected is to solve the first problem, and develop some uplifting reason for voters to support her, and not to create a second problem, running a negative campaign without a positive message and vision….. 8 point programs, no matter how worthy, do not create a purpose or a rationale or an inspiration……negative politics from a candidate with high negative ratings attacking a candidate with positive high ratings is the political road to hell. I strongly suspect she has been sold a bill of goods from Obama consultants who became Hillary consultants, but whoever is the cause, and whatever is the motive, something is horribly and terribly wrong with this campaign…..and when Dan Pfeiffer says on CNN that this is not a change election he has his head nine feet up his ass…..this is a change election, dammit, and Hillary Clinton is running as the candidate of the status quo and that is the worst possible place to be…..and her sycophantic adoration of Obamacare is absurd and totally out of touch with the reality of general election politics…. This campaign is in very, very big trouble and I see zero evidence that Hillary Clinton either understands this, or understands why…. I hope others are being as candid with you, and the Clintons, as I am. I assure you my view expressed here is very widely shared among people who consider themselves her friends…..Brent