FINALLY! After months of demands for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, those leaked DNC emails have done her in.
On Sunday, CNN reports Debbie Wasserman Schultz told reporters:
“Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention. As Party Chair, this week I will open and close the Convention and I will address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans.”
Other than the items DWS has described above, her role and visibility at the Democratic National Convention will be greatly curtailed. Bernie Sanders, who was most prominent among those demanding her removal adds:
“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”
In June, Debbie Wasserman Schultz had already gotten taken down a couple pegs with the SEIU’s Political Director Brandon Davis taking over many of her duties as the DNC’s new general election chief.
Watch: Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns.
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s DNC leadership has been a disaster.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has come to represent everything many of us have come to hate about a Democratic Party that has grown more corporate and less responsive to the plight of struggling US workers and families.
The South Florida House Rep., fundraising powerhouse, and long-time close associate of Hillary Clinton’s has raised hackles since the Democratic Party’s primaries began. Among her many gaffes were badmouthing the president’s handling of the 2014 border crisis, comparing the Tea Party to wife beaters, trying to get the DNC to pay for her wardrobe, and losing 63 seats in the House and seven in the Senate. She also lost 726 seats in state legislatures and six governor races. Ouch.
Under Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s leadership, the DNC constantly gave the impression that the Democratic Party’s primaries were rigged for Hillary Clinton. From the skimpy debate schedule to all the voting irregularities, the DNC was at best incompetent and at worst complicit. And then those leaked emails from Friday made it clear that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and company really were trying to sandbag Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
The final straw came on Sat. at a meeting of the DNC’s Rules Committee to vote on whether to eliminate superdelegates or at least limit their influence. Bernie Sanders’ supporters were locked out of the already jam-packed room, and of course, the rules change failed. The two sides later hammered out a compromise (from now on, two-thirds of the superdelegates are required to vote proportionally to the primary results from their states).
Alas, we haven’t seen the last of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
While it’s a good thing that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer chair the DNC, we haven’t seen the last of her. After all, Hillary Clinton is known for rewarding loyalty above all things and would never leave a friend to twist in the wind. That’s a lovely quality to have in a friend or family member. Alas, it’s not so great coming from a politician who is nearly as widely loathed as her surrogate and on whose victory we rely to ensure a sane Supreme Court for the next generation.
In a recent statement, Hillary Clinton praised Debbie Wasserman Schultz and has made her “honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program.” That’s right. The 50-state program DWS has lamentably failed to employ as DNC chair. Oh, and Hillary Clinton plans on campaigning for DWS against her Bernie Sanders-backed challenger Tim Canova, so she can remain in Congress.
Smooth move, Hillary.
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