Nearly 20,000 hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee were published to Wikileaks, and it’s not pretty.

First, the DNC was shown to be as petty as they appear to be from the outside. E-mails from Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver an “s–” and a “liar.”

Second, a DNC staffer suggested using religious intolerance as a tool against Bernie Sanders by emphasizing his alleged atheism as a way to frighten off Southern Baptist constituents. In one embarrassing exchange, the DNC’s CFO wrote that Sanders “had skated on having a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist … My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”

Sanders, by the way, says he’s not an atheist. The point is that the DNC – in one email — managed to insult both Jews and atheists. (And anyone who doesn’t believe there should be a religious litmus test in the United States of America.)

Third, they courted wealthy donors by promising access to President Barack Obama, pointing out that big donors often demand such special favors.

But one of the worst revelations is just how cozy the DNC is with the national media. Wasserman Schultz hounded NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd for a personal phone call before appearing on his show – undoubtedly to get a heads up about the questions. She also used him to gain access to MSNBC President Phil Griffin so she could demand an apology from Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski. The DNC chair didn’t appreciate Brzezinski’s (we now know accurate) speculation that the party was rigging the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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