Brazile and the PUMA Republican Conspiracy Theory

4 Jul

I thought I would spend today grilling hot dogs and watching fireworks with family and friends. Yet, here I am writing a post in response to the ridiculous conspiracy theory that PUMA is a republican effort. Why am I doing this? Because I will not allow the paranoia of small minded individuals (Brazile this means you) sidetrack PUMA from the work ahead.

A week ago, this blog received an email from someone claiming that Darragh Murphy, the founder of PUMAPac, was a republican. I behaved like a true PUMA- I researched it. I read the statement, checked out the link it cited- a comment over at PUMA Pac– where Darragh herself confronted the accuser. After reading the accusation and Darragh’s response, I concluded Darragh Murphy is not a republican. 

In 2000, Darragh Murphy made a onetime $500 contribution to John McCain. Her motivation as she explained it, was to keep Bush from becoming the Republican nominee. She believed so strongly that George W. Bush would be such a disaster for America, that she was willing to fund his republican primary opponent if it would help keep him one step farther away from the White House.                                 

That makes complete sense to me. Bush was bad. Darragh used the means all candidates readily understand -money- trying to banish the dreaded George W. Bush. She put her money to work defeating Bush by any means necessary. I get that.

Now, many Obamabots are too young to remember the good old days of 2000. A time when John McCain was viewed as a total maverick within the Rep party. I can understand why Darragh donated money to the John McCain of 2000. McCain used her donation along with others he received to fight George W. It was a noble attempt to thwart a greater evil (Bush) in his effort to steal the White House.

Now that I know this, I am more impressed with Darragh. She’s a person who can approach problems with new thinking. She’s someone willing to put that new thinking into action. This is a trait the PUMA movement needs to succeed.

In my mind, the case was closed. Darragh Murphy continues to fight the good fight with the best intentions. Well, here it is a week later and I read a post called “Diss Me Donna” at The Confluence:

NO WE WON’T featured an interview with founder of PUMApac, Darragh Murphy last night in which she says you (Donna Brazile) are sending a letter to people telling them that we are Republican Trolls and “hysterical feminists”.  I checked with edgeofforever at Not Your Sweetie this morning to see who was included on the list of PUMA sites that are allegedly run by the GOP.  Much to my dismay, The Confluence was not among them.

Amusingly, The Confluence- the very birthplace of PUMA- was not on the list.

It would appear that Donna ‘big mouth’ Brazile is pushing forth a false, silly conspiracy theory that PUMA is a republican group parading as disenfranchised Dems. Her ‘evidence’ is the story of the one time contribution to McCain made back in 2000 by PUMA Pac founder Darragh Murphy.

Apparently, one PUMA who made a one time donation 8 years ago to McCain is ‘proof’ that all PUMAs are really republicans. It’s so small minded, ridiculous, and insulting. Oh, and if we’re not republicans then in Donna’s mind we are just ‘hysterical feminists’.

Donna cray-cray BrazileI suspect when Donna runs into something she fears or just can’t fathom, it’s easier for her (and perhaps others) to simply point and label it ‘republican’.

PUMA must scare the heck out of Donna and the other elite dems. PUMA is well spoken, organized, not ‘getting over it’, and not falling in line as Brazile and others swore we would. We are gaining media attention and we grow stronger every day.

Let’s not get stuck in the mud with Donna throwing accusations around that won’t change anything. We need to move quickly beyond distractions and remain focused on our PUMA mission:

  • No Obama in Nov
  • Hold the dem party elite accountable for their treachery during the primary season
  • Move Hillary forward on the path to the White House

While Hillary begins to sort out the leftover mess from the Bush years as POTUS, I’d love to see Bill Clinton take on the job of reorganizing the Dem party.

Let’s kick these villainous, election tampering, paranoid power hungry elite dems to the curb!

The Dem house needs a good scrubbing. Dean, don’t try to hide behind that ficus plant, we see you. Donna, get out from behind that couch. Pelosi, Kerry, Reid, watch out. We’re bringing the cleaning crew to the Senate next. The party is over. You’re going out with the rest of the trash.



15 Responses to “Brazile and the PUMA Republican Conspiracy Theory”

  1. Ted July 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    What about PUMA’s for PALIN?

  2. chimera July 5, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    I have joined the US Presidential Sit Out This is to vote down-ticket candidates, but not president, because I can’t vote for McCain or Obama. The DNC shoved this guy at us and now we have an anti-handgun control, pro-death penalty (even for non-murderers), pro-FISA Democratic candidate. How screwed up is that?

    GO PUMA.

  3. heroesforhillary July 5, 2008 at 11:43 am #

    chimera- It’s very ‘screwed up’. We’re watching them though and we’re not letting them get away with it!

    Thanks for posting the info about US Presidential Sit Out. I wasn’t aware of it. The idea sounds great.

    The down-ticket dems shouldn’t suffer just because so many will not vote for Obama.

    Go PUMA!

  4. jdw July 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    Brazile is a divisive underhanded force within the DNC. She care only about Donna’s power. Obama’s win as the nominee increases Donna’s power.

    Donna is a very smart woman but resorts to intellectually cheap and easy accusations to avoid debate when she knows she loses on the facts.

    A large number of the traditional Democratic base, 30% of Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama. She dismisses these people as racists or Republican shills. When Bill Clinton took apart Obama’s real record on Iraq, Donna accused Bill of invoking racist images against Obama. When another CNN collegue talked about disenfranchised voters in Michigan, Donna responded to be careful with the use of the word “Disenfranchised” as that is historically a Southern (code for Black) term.

    Donna wants to dump the real Democratic coalition for one of elite libertarian Neo-Liberals and African Americans. She knows she cannot eject Latinos, gays, feminist women, non-black blue collar and Jews from the party without a major backlash. Instead she paints these people not as who they are, facets of the real Democratic base, but instead as racists or Republicans. In other words people who we would want to eject from the party.

  5. swanspirit July 6, 2008 at 9:12 am #

    it seems to me that Donna Benedict Arnold is attempting to improve her own image as a loser .

    Brazile has worked on several presidential campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Jimmy Carter-Walter Mondale in 1976 and 1980, Jesse Jackson in 1984, Walter Mondale-Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, and for Richard Gephardt in the 1988 Democratic primary.

    After Gephardt lost the primary in 1988, Brazile served as deputy field director of the Michael Dukakis general election campaign. On October 20, 1988, she made news by telling a group of reporters that George H.W. Bush needed to “‘fess up” about unsubstantiated rumors of an extramarital affair. Said Brazile, “”The American people have every right to know if Barbara Bush will share that bed with him in the White House.”[2] The Dukakis campaign immediately disavowed her remarks and, at the suggestion of campaign manager Susan Estrich, Brazile resigned the same day.
    In the 1990s, Brazile served as Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, where she helped guide the District’s budget and local legislation on Capitol Hill. She advised Bill Clinton’s campaign for the presidency in 1992 and for re-election in 1996.

    In 1999, Brazile was appointed deputy campaign manager and was later promoted to campaign manager of the 2000 presidential campaign of Vice-President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign

    She seems to be the losing factor in many campaigns , not unwilling to smear the other side and not entirely honest . I fully expect her to stick with her track recorrd 🙂

  6. Amy July 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    So you can’t argue the point, since you know full well that the Republicans registered a whole whack of anti-Obama, supposed PUMA sites, so you just delete my comments? That’s right, you PUMAs stand UP for yourselves! Don’t let anyone push you around when you just ignore problems till they go away!

    If you’re a disappointed Dem, please actually look into who it is that’s running this little PUMA show. I suspect from the tone of this site, not to mention your fear of leaving my comments up, that you’re a Republican.

  7. heroesforhillary July 7, 2008 at 9:44 pm #


    When anyone leaves multiple comments on multiple threads all repeating a singular inaccurate accusation, it becomes the comment equivalent of spam.

    I do not have to engage with you, argue with you, or try to reason with you since you are obviously not going to believe me when I tell you I am not a republican.

    FYI, if you had made one comment it would not have been removed. It was the series of comments one after the other in a short time span that got them deleted.

    For future reference, if you want your comment to be taken seriously, you should try to include items to back up your claim, or discuss points of the post.

    When you just make an outrageous claim or insult the blog, you’re not really adding much to the discussion except your negativity. It’s not acceptable commenting behavior here.

    Sadly, many PUMA blogs have been harassed with mindless comments by self–proclaimed Obama supporters. This behavior does not help Obama win over holdout Hillary supporters like myself.

    I ask that you refrain from harassing this particular blog again. I’m sure you will find many other PUMA blogs (since we are growing everyday) to accuse and torment with your absurd stories.

    Go PUMA.

  8. Sarah July 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    MYDD has a great post on Darragh Murphy and the republican lie about Puma. I suggest anyone who questions her or Puma should read it for themselves. Here’s the link:

  9. Gina July 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm #


    1. Contrary to what Obamabots say …
    Obama and Hillary were in a dead heat,
    when the DNC pressured Hillary into not
    only conceding, but campaigning for Obama.
    2. Obama is once again in a dead heat, but now
    with McCain, even though Obamabots act like
    Obama has already won (like they did in the
    primaries against Hillary). So, this means that
    half of the Democrats, and all the Republicans
    (3/4 of America) dIdn’t want Obama. Plus, he
    didn’t even win the popular vote, and refused a
    revote in Michigan and Florida.
    3. Obama has the thinnest resume in politics, and
    he won state legislature and Senator by
    disqualifications of his opponents, not by earned
    experience, or votes.
    4. Obama’s one claim to fame is being a community
    organizer, where he boasts of registering voters.
    Then he took their votes away from them, by
    disqualifying his opponents on technicalities, prior
    to the election.
    5. Obama’s mentor of 20 years, was an anti-American
    racist … not to mention other unsavory associations.
    6. Obama is simply buying the election, since he’s
    good at fund raising … hardly a qualification to be
    President of the United States.
    7. The media never vetted Obama, and they are
    giving him a free ride, plus more than twice the
    print and air time as McCain, as they did against
    8. 90% of blacks are voting for Obama, because he is
    black, while the campaign gained ground by
    accusing most opponents of racism.
    9. Obamabots were, and are extremely nasty and sarcastic
    towards Hillary supporters, as well as McCain supporters.
    10. Pumas should be applauded for putting country before party …
    especially a party that did not represent them, and a party
    which highjacked the nomination for Obama.

  10. chris July 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    Perhap the PUMAs should lay out their policy platform or issue priorities so that we can get a sense of that they actually stand for…other than Anybody-but-Obama.

    That should give us a clear view of what they they stand for, and who’s standing behind them.

    Call me skeptical, but I find it hard to believe commited Dems would actively work against their candidate in the current atmosphere….

  11. melody, Snohomish, wa August 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm #

    The media has jumped on the obama race horse. Riding full speed ahead. What they do not realize they have lost a lot of aviewers, and i for one will never watch their stations again. The media has definitively shown their true colors

  12. Craig August 30, 2008 at 5:48 am #

    The reason the PUMA=Republican claim has such persistent legs is that only a Republican could possibly think that putting the country first means, whether consciously or by neglect, favouring McCain over Obama — especially when Hillary Clinton’s OWN values are vastly more similar to Obama’s than to McCain’s.

    If you favour Hillary Clinton, then putting country first means supporting her VALUES. Nobody who was genuinely in favour of Hillary Clinton could possibly support giving control of the next Supreme Court vacancy — the one that’s going to finally tip the balance on Roe vs. Wade — to a Republican president. Nobody who was genuinely in favour of Hillary Clinton could possibly support giving the next four years to a Republican White House that doesn’t believe in global warming.

    There’s just no moral or ethical way to reconcile “I support Hillary Clinton” with “I’d rather see everything go completely WRONG for ANOTHER four years than support a candidate who wasn’t my first choice but is still vastly better than McCain”. ESPECIALLY when Hillary Clinton HERSELF has said that defending Democratic *values* is much more important right now.

    Long story short: if you’re not Republicans, then why are you acting like Republicans?

  13. heroesforhillary August 30, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    I put my country first, above party. I don’t believe Obama is fit to lead. I don’t believe he has the experience or judgement for the job. I wish he did! I wish I could vote for him. I’d love to be part of this historic celebration, but I can not.

    The world is a complex place and the US impacts so many other countries. I must vote for who I believe can actually perform the job, not just talk about doing it.

    Patriotism means to stand by the country.
    It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official or party…
    ~Theodore Roosevelt~

    I will vote my conscience not my party this election.

    I respect and admire Hillary Clinton. I hope she’ll run again in 2012. But I can not do as she has asked. I do not report to her, or worship her (like the Obamabots worship Obama). I am capable of making up my own mind on who to vote for this election.

    After carefully research of Obama’s words vs. his actions, I’m not convinced he would stand strong on democrat issues. He has shifted positions too often, with too little a previous record to assure me. My doubts were confirmed when Obama voted for FISA. It was the wrong vote. FISA was a defining moment for me. He is the wrong candidate.

  14. cheryl August 31, 2008 at 3:30 am #

    senator obama is riding on other peoples coat tails, i refuse to cast my vote for him. i will vote mccain, he is a true american hero.

  15. fsudirectory September 1, 2008 at 12:09 am #

    Id love for the PUMA’s to explain their fearless leader releasing e-mails of those opposed to them.

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