Well, she’s not the only one. Rahm Emanuel, Steve Israel, they have to go too. Not only are they Corporatist Neolib DLC Third Way sellouts who have abandoned the philosophy and policies of FDR that made the Democratic Party great and provided benefits for the average citizen and not just the “Donor Class”, they are also FAILURES as politicians, pissing away the coalition forged in the New Deal that has led to abject defeat in election after election.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is no better that Joe Lieberman, She even endorses Republicans over Democrats.
Now you can call me a Party Traitor (and I am) but I’m just a guy and my vote is my own. I don’t owe it to the Democrats or anybody else. What do you call Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee?
Well, here’s what Barack Obama calls her-
Debbie has been a strong, progressive leader in Congress and a hardworking, committed Chair of our national Party since I proudly nominated her to the role in 2011,” Obama said. “She always stands up and fights for what is right for her district while passionately supporting middle class families.”
Yeah. Barack Obama. Kind of shows you what he’s all about, doesn’t it.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is loathed by Democrats, yet just got a head-scratching endorsement by Obama. Here are some guesses why
Elias Isquith, Salon
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 04:58 PM EST
When it comes to her work as chair of the Democratic National Committee, a position she’s held since 2011, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is bad and should feel bad. Consensus holds that she’s either in the tank for Clinton, incompetent — or both.
And when it comes to her work as a member of Congress, where she’s lately distinguished herself as a strong defender of the generally odious payday loan industry, her record is even worse. She’s against pot decriminalization, against an “open” Internet, against Edward Snowden, against refusing donations from corporate lobbyists, and skeptical (at the least) of President Obama’s recent nuclear agreement with Iran.
So, there are a few possible explanations, here. They’re not mutually exclusive. (And, since this is high-level politics we’re talking about, they’re all rather grubby.)
One explanation is that the president did not feel like he could not endorse Wasserman Schultz without, implicitly, admitting that when he was wrong to appoint her as DNC chair in the first place. It would be an admission of error, which people are generally loath to do; but in the eyes of many politicos, it would also be a sign of disloyalty. All politicians are fair-weather friends, of course. But most try not to be so obvious.
Another, somewhat related explanation: Obama knows that Wasserman Schultz is a superstar when it comes to fundraising — indeed, this has much to do with why she’s earned herself a left-wing challenger — and, with 2016 in mind, he wants to keep her, and her financial resources, in the game. Obama’s made clear that he sees a Democratic victory in 2016 as essential to his legacy; he may be doing whatever it takes to win.
Yet one more answer? Obama is, at heart, a crypto-conservative plutocratic stooge, and he decided to endorse Wasserman Schultz simply because he agrees with her on the issues and thinks she’s good at her job. To put it lightly, this would not be my favored explanation. But I suspect some of this article’s commenters will beg to differ.
As Charlie Pierce at Esquire puts it-
Oh, what a card Mr. President is! Right now, Debbie is passionately supporting middle-class families by trying to deregulate the payday loan industry, which is probably the least excusable business in America until someone finds a way to franchise drive-thru anthrax dispensaries. She’s also fighting for what’s right by taking gobs of money from the private prison industry, which is probably the third- or fourth-least excusable industry in America. And, of course, in the past, DWS worked hard and was committed to the election of two of the most egregious Republican congresscritters rather than their Democratic opponents. And the simple empirical fact is that, ever since she was appointed DNC chair in 2011, as near as I can tell, strong and progressive DWS did fck all to prevent the election of the worst Congress in the history of the Republic, which has dedicated itself heart and soul to making the president’s life as miserable as possible.
As it happens, DWS has a terrific primary opponent named Tim Canova, who used to work for the late Paul Tsongas, which is recommendation enough in my book. Here’s a challenge for you people in Florida who are feeling the Bern. Want to strike a real blow that will resonate all the way to Washington? Work to get Tim Canova elected. Then we can all laugh at the president again because he is so funny.
I am not amused.