The Florida attack dog of Democrat politics could be being brought to heel.
A long, scathing article posted on Politico Wednesday describes Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as a woman in danger of losing her national perch.
According to the article, with the unflinching headline “Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” the South Florida congresswoman’s woes stem from a series of self-inflicted wounds ranging from attacks on Republicans that misfired, an embarrassing inability to work with the Obama White House, and the perception she puts her own political ambitions ahead of the party.
And then there’s the question of her clothes.
All in all, it’s an embarrassing piece, and one that won’t surprise anyone who’s watched DWS over the years, Republican or Democrat. The only thing surprising really, is that it’s taken this long, even though, as the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo points out, attacks on DWS have become an annual rite for D.C. insiders.
Even Democrats should have some standards, and even by Democrat standards the woman is a vicious embarrassment.
Wasserman Schultz’s wasp-tongued attacks on the GOP have made headlines for years. But the kind she made Sept. 3, when she compared Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker to a wife beater – saying he had “given women the back of his hand” – and graphically described “tea party extremists” as women abusers – went too far even for Democrats.
The fallout was so embarrassing that the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee simply isn’t welcome in a campaign the party would love to win in November. In a dismal year for Democrats, Wisconsin is one spot where the party thinks it has a chance.
“Her ineptitude during her last visit makes it impossible to go back before the election,” one source told Politico’s Edward Isaac-Dovere.
Wasserman Schultz is also unwelcome at the White House, the article reports. Unlike previous DNC chairs, who had standing appointments to meet with the president – who is the actual head of the party – Wasserman Schultz’s meetings with President Obama are limited to Obama appearances at party fundraisers, where Wasserman Schultz plays the role of a groupie at the end of a rock show, according to the article: annoying but persistent.
And her relations with the potential Hillary Clinton presidential campaign are unlikely to be any better. According to Politico, Wasserman Schultz betrayed Clinton in the final days of the 2008 Obama-Clinton primary battle. Wasserman Schultz was chairwoman of the Clinton campaign in Florida, but reached out to the Obama campaign to announce she was ready to move on.
The Clintons are famous for remembering – and paying back – moves like that.
But the most embarrassing part of the article is Wasserman Schultz’s demand that the party pay for the clothes she wore at public functions, like the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in 2012, Obama’s second inauguration and the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in 2013.
Party officials – going up to White House consigliore Valerie Jarrett – had to set her straight, Politico reports.
The final, damning nail comes early in the article, though, when Isaac-Dovere quotes a top donor in Wasserman Schultz’s home state, the guy who’s fueling Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist’s attempt to get back into the governor’s office in November.
Heavyweight Attorney John Morgan put it this way: “I guess the best way to describe it is, it’s not that she’s losing a duel anywhere, it’s that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster.”
If DWS has no friends in the White House, she sure doesn’t have any in Florida’s Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee with Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
And if Morgan’s quote is anything to go by, she won’t even if Democrats win in November.
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