More than two months after leader her party into a midterm election debacle that left it with the smallest House minority since 1928, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz made a desperate bid to return to national attention Tuesday with an appearance on one of MSNBC’s least-watched afternoon programs.
Appearing on “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid, an MSNBC program that ranks in the ratings basement with “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Wasserman Schultz discussed how House Dems can work with their shrunken minority during President Obama’s lame-duck final two years in office.
Beyond sniping at Republicans and promising new Democrat pipe dreams like free college education, she didn’t say much.
The appearance came after 75 days of a national media absence by the voluble Democratic National Committee chairwoman, a sharp contrast to her counterpart in the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, who has been on national television 15 times since the midterms, according to the Daily Caller.
Of course, Preibus has the advantage of being a winner, with the GOP increasing not only its House seats in the midterms, but taking over the Senate and winning governor’s seats even in Democrat strongholds like Maryland, Massachusetts and President Obama’s home state of Illinois.
Priebus also secured his third term as the RNC chairman Friday by an overwhelming vote of the national committee in San Diego.
Wasserman Schultz, meanwhile, is down to guest appearances on lib TV shows that compete with soap operas for afternoon viewers.
The very public comedown in status hasn’t hurt Wasserman Schultz with her core base of support, though. And her invitation to the State of the Union for Todd and Jeff Delmay, plaintiffs in the challenging the Sunshine State’s ban on gay marriage and the second homosexual couple in Florida after a court ruling lifted the state’s stay on gay marriage, might even have helped.
“When we married last week, little did we know that we’d be spending our honeymoon with our beloved congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at the State of the Union,” Todd Delmay told the LGBTQ Nation. “We are over the moon with excitement!”
Over the moon with DWS? Guess that bid for attention’s paying off.
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