Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who managed the campaign of Al Gore in the 2000 election, got into a heated back-and-forth with fellow talking heads on CNN amid discussions of Tuesday’s primary results.
Paul Begala, political consultant and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, began by saying, “Some of the commentary tonight kinda bothers me. If [Brazile’s] point is that there’s a new Democratic Party that somehow doesn’t need or want white working class people and Latinos, well count me out.
“We cannot win with eggheads and African-Americans,” Begala warned, which got an animated rise out of Brazile, yielding laughter and applause from those in CNN’s studio.
CNN host Campbell Brown chimed in, saying of Obama, “Why hasn’t he been able to [reach out to blue-collar white voters] yet?”
Responded Brazile, “Do you think that Barack Obama would be leading in the pledged votes, the delegate votes, the money, if it was simply because somehow or another black people … became the majority? Barack Obama has won the hearts and the minds of white voters as well as black and Hispanics.”
This video is from CNN’s Election Center, broadcast May 6, 2008.