Longtime allies of Hillary Clinton who led the well-funded but ultimately unsuccessful shadow campaign against Donald Trump are reasserting themselves as their approach faces scrutiny amid a broader shakeout in their party.
David Brock and James Carville, who have been aligned with Bill and Hillary Clinton for decades, made the case Tuesday morning that they are best equipped to inflict damage on Donald Trump. In unveiling the new focus of American Bridge, their super PAC, the message from the duo seemed targeted as much at fatigued donors still perplexed over the Democrats’ inability to win in November as the reporters assembled on the call.
American Bridge is a nerve center of Brock’s sprawling network of nonprofits, which serve as a clearinghouse for opposition research and rapid response against the GOP. The organization saw considerable success in prior elections, as its trackers stalked opponents and broadcast all their missteps and gaffes, and data nerds dove deep into the backgrounds of political rivals. The model, which Republicans would mimic, showed signs of wear in this latest election, as Democrats struggled to keep up with the new political landscape of Twitter wars and fake news, and voter ambivalence to fact checking.