There’s no question that the DNC has suffered under Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s reign. She and Barack Obama have been at each others throats over her leadership (or lack thereof) since 2011, before Obama’s second campaign for President, and rumors have been swirling about her ouster since she started hardening up her attitude on television interviews ahead of what was supposed to be a uniting, conciliatory and hopeful second coronation for the President.
Lots of people have wondered why she wasn’t sacked. After all, she’s presided over a pocketbook that runs consistently into the red and her in-person contributions have been, well, less than stellar. Even now, she’s considering running for Senate in order to save herself the trouble of having to convince the people of Florida that she’s worth their vote every four years. It turns out, that when confronted with her own ineptitude, Debbie didn’t hesitate to pull the same guns on the Obama Administration as she did on Republicans. Had Obama ousted her from her treasured position, she was going to accuse him of – what else? – waging a war on women.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was prepared to go full force against President Obama if he tried to replace her in 2013.
Wasserman Schultz, according to Politico, was going to accuse Obama of being anti-woman and anti-Semitic — apparently to cover all the bases — if he dared consider replacing her as chairwoman.
Schultz was beginning to “line up supporters” to make the suggestion when she “sensed” Obama was considering removing her from the DNC.
Wasserman Schultz’s position as the head of the DNC has long been a source of contention among Democrats, and Politico has previously documented the issue. In September 2014, Wasserman Schultz’s gaffes caught up to her when a string of Democrats voiced their distaste for the way the Florida congresswoman had led the party.
She’s a smooth operator, that’s for sure. As other power players have buckled in the face of the Obama Administration’s rage, she’s managed to maintain her position with pretty fierce authority. To what benefit? Certainly not the DNC’s, of course, even though she’s ultimately charged with maintaining the health and welfare of the organization. Team Obama wasn’t interested, even in 2012, in sharing their data wealth with Debbie’s DNC, and were, at the time, thought to be keeping their stash close at hand as a way of demonstrating her inability to bring Democrats together. Even now, Organizing for America, which allows the last remnants of the campaign to live on, isn’t always in line – or for that matter, communication – with the DNC’s policy agenda.
All we’ve learned here, of course, is what we already knew, that the post-Obama Democratic Party is going to be a lot harder to hold together, which might benefit Republicans in the long run. Oh, and that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is just as fun as she looks.
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