Meet the only Democrat grateful for Weinergate

posted at 8:48 am on June 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The DNC should send a thank-you card to Anthony Weiner.  If the Representative from New York  hadn’t had his fortnight of self-immolation over sending out lewd and obscene pictures and dialogue to strange women over the Internet, the press may have taken a much closer look at their new DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  Tim Kaine’s successor has had her own credibility meltdown over the last few weeks, and with the smoke clearing a bit from Weinergate, Politico’s Molly Ball notices it:

In the four weeks since she succeeded Tim Kaine, Wasserman Schultz has been called out by four nonpartisan fact-checkers for mischaracterizing the GOP’s Medicare plan.

She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a crime.” She’s also been mocked for driving a foreign car after pounding Republicans for not supporting the American auto industry.

A rank-and-file member of Congress typically wouldn’t get noticed for inflammatory language and rhetorical slip-ups. But Wasserman Schultz has a higher profile now — and was hired precisely because of her skills as a communicator.

If that sounds familiar to Republicans, Ball draws the comparison for everyone else:

No one seems ready to declare her the Democratic version of Michael Steele, the gaffe-prone former Republican National Committee chairman whose rhetorical and administrative missteps led numerous party leaders to publicly insist he had to go. But some Democrats are already privately fretting about the media-loving Wasserman Schultz’s tendency to put her foot in her mouth — after all, her ability to be the party’s frontwoman and messenger was a major reason President Barack Obama selected her as chairwoman.

So far, the White House is defending its choice of Wasserman-Schultz in the role.  Ed Rendell defends Wasserman-Schultz by claiming that her gaffes have been “minor.”  After four weeks on the job, though, Wasserman-Schultz is averaging at least one laugher a week, providing the RNC with plenty of clippable — and damning — video.  They may start a job-creation boom on DWS Watch.  Literally, as DWS herself might say.

Ball also notes the hypocrisy of Wasserman-Schultz’s fire-breathing rhetoric as a newly-minted party leader:

Wasserman Schultz’s sharpest rhetoric — such as insisting that Republicans’ move to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict abortion constitutes a “war on women” or that the Ryan plan would be a “death trap for some seniors” — may please her party’s base. But it doesn’t square with her role as a leading voice decrying that kind of over-the-top language in the wake of the January shooting in Tucson that injured her good friend, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Yeah, what was it that Wasserman-Schultz said after the shooting?

“Maybe we can all come together and push the shock jocks and the media, who pride themselves in whipping people into a frenzy on both sides, not to do that anymore,” she said.

Hmmm.  Maybe we can get the DNC chair to stop telling people that Republicans literally want to bring back Jim Crow laws and kill seniors.  Whipping people into a frenzy is apparently only a public-sector prerogative in Debbie Downer’s world.

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This lying piece of brainless trash was Obama’s choice?

LOL

Perfect. He knows how to pick ‘em.

Good Lt on June 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

This group is sooooooo beatable!!

itsspideyman on June 10, 2011 at 8:52 AM

minor gaffes compared to steele?

only in a liberal mindset…she is not Miss Civility in the least

“Maybe we can all come together and push the shock jocks and the media, who pride themselves in whipping people into a frenzy on both sides, not to do that anymore,” she said.

hello RNC? the ads are writing themselves here, do something

cmsinaz on June 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Unlike Steele, remember, Blabbermouth Schultz serves at the pleasure of the president. Only he can drop her like the sack of hammers she is.

It’s nice to see a rabid acerbic partisan – prone to playing the victim card – with her foot in her mouth.

KingGold on June 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM


She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.”

Oh good, they’re using some new tactics!

eye roll

Tony737 on June 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Ed, the DWS hand gesture in the pic is very generous to Weiner. She exaggerates everything.

Fallon on June 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM

2 peas in a pod. This mouthy dem. babe came along at a great time…she says whatever is in her empty head,let’s hope she keeps up ’til 2012!

ohiobabe on June 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Democrats don’t care. They just don’t. It’s EXPECTED that their representatives are going to be hypocrites, that their bread-n-butter will be hyperbole, their meat and potatoes outright lies.

It’s not realistic to hold them to our standards. lol

Murf76 on June 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

DWS is the female version of Weiner: all inflammatory rhetoric and overweening ego.

onlineanalyst on June 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

These Progressive jackwagons in the Democrat Party are so beatable but…..

….we’ve got the same Progressive ilk in charge of the GOP so why would we want to defeat them when they’ll grow the power of the federal government and both political parties benefit?

Greed killed the United States of America (as we know it).

Sad that Wassershultzy will be rejoicing over it.

PappyD61 on June 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Ed, the DWS hand gesture in the pic is very generous to Weiner. She exaggerates everything. Fallon on June 10, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Or is it Dear Leader she is asking about? Or hers?

Dingbat63 on June 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Shouldn’t that pic be used for a caption contest?

What is she describing to Teh Won?

Talon on June 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM


… the Ryan plan would be a “death trap for some seniors”

What, nothing about old people eating dog food? She must be slippin’!

Tony737 on June 10, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The photo attached to this is striking. Debbie is the happiest I have ever seen her. She is basking in the glow of her demi-God! What a cult of personality these Dems have in Obama.

NavyMustang on June 10, 2011 at 9:00 AM

… and was hired precisely because of her skills as a communicator.

Yep. Another Barry & Co. hiring FAIL.

dissent555 on June 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Poodle!

carbon_footprint on June 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM

The Peter Principle

It’s called competency, and our legislature doesn’t get accused of being competent all that often SEE Debbie Schultz.

Dr Evil on June 10, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Obama picked Biden for Foreign policy expertise, Wasserman Schultz for PR, James Clapper and John Brennan for intelligence, too many economic geniuses to name …… he sure can pick ‘em!

cartooner on June 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM

What is she describing to Teh Won?

Talon on June 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Something with a rope-start that would not fit in her carry-on.

roy_batty on June 10, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Shouldn’t that pic be used for a caption contest?

What is she describing to Teh Won?

Talon on June 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

“My presidentialness, did you see that last Weiner pic?!”

cartooner on June 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM

and was hired precisely because of her skills as a communicator.

Facepalm.

after all, her ability to be the party’s frontwoman and messenger was a major reason President Barack Obama selected her as chairwoman.

One affirmative action hire making an affirmative action appointment. Who would have figured it.

chemman on June 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM

You can tell she used to be cute, when she was like, three.

Akzed on June 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Stupid is as stupid does…
Honestly, do the Democrats have one human with an IQ above room temperature?

Keemo on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

She follows in the footprints of Graysum and Weinerman…wackadoodle…

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

This group is sooooooo beatable!!

itsspideyman on June 10, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Unfortunately, I’m not so sure about that.

BallisticBob on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

In the four weeks since she succeeded Tim Kaine, Wasserman Schultz has been called out by four nonpartisan fact-checkers for mischaracterizing the GOP’s Medicare plan.

…As a Pelosi protege….we can only expect her idiocy and lack of factual commentary to only get worse….
….the gift that will keep on giving (right along with Weiner boy)….

Baxter Greene on June 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Gee, can we suppose Chris Titus has been writing for Wasserman-Schultz, literally?

apostic on June 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

You can tell she used to be cute, when she was like, three.

Akzed on June 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Sorry to disagree with you my friend, but she started out ugly as a zygote.

50sGuy on June 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Unlike Steele, remember, Blabbermouth Schultz serves at the pleasure of the president. Only he can drop her like the sack of hammers she is.

It’s nice to see a rabid acerbic partisan – prone to playing the victim card – with her foot in her mouth.

KingGold on June 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Have to disagree with you KG. Hammers are useful in a variety of different ways. This woman is a sack of dog turds – of absolutely no use whatsoever.

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Honestly, do the Democrats have one human with an IQ above room temperature?

Keemo on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

According to the average liberal…they are the “smartest people in the room”……
…the “adults” in charge.

Any liberal pundit or elected official cannot discuss any issue without qualifying at some time the fact that they are “smarter” than anyone who disagrees with them.

Results and Reality never,ever bear this out…

Which is why liberals have to constantly tell everybody how “smart” they are…because it doesn’t show.

Baxter Greene on June 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Uhm, that’s not rhetoric she’s spewing. It’s the democrat party’s mode of operation. It’s what they believe.

SouthernGent on June 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Love the pic the homepage for this article!
It really sums up the story.

Bubba Redneck on June 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

“That’s nothing. Hillary’s is thiiis big.”

/Oh you KNOW someone was gonna say it

Sekhmet on June 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

“But Wasserman Schultz has a higher profile now — and was hired precisely because of her skills as a communicator.”

More like a fabricator. Wasserman Schultz’s skills reminds me of Tom Daschle who used to get tons of liberal media time spreading nothing but unchallenged lies about the how the Republican Congress were starving the poor in the classic class warfare Democrats love to play. The only tool missing, (so far), in Wasserman Schultz’s repertoire is a “yeeee haw”.

Rovin on June 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

She’s a dope-aholic. She can’t live without dope-ahol!

Akzed on June 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I hate to disagree with you Ed. But I know at least one other Democrat that is happy for Weiner’s scandal: John Edwards. His indictment has been relegated to the back pages (if in the newspaper at all). Late night comedians don’t have time to do Edwards jokes with the treasure trove that is Weiner.
So make that two(2) democrats that are celebrating Weiner’s weiner.

New_Jersey_Buckeye on June 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Sorry to disagree with you my friend, but she started out ugly as a zygote. 50sGuy on June 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Aw c’mon, all zygotes are cute.

Akzed on June 10, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Shouldn’t that pic be used for a caption contest?

What is she describing to Teh Won?

Talon on June 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I was talking to Chris Matthews about you yesterday . . .

Bubba Redneck on June 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Distraction? Maybe.

Or it could be just another layer on the sh!t cake that the Da One has been dishing out to America.

Things aren’t going well…nobody’s fooling anybody, except the Kool-Aid drinkers, and they’d believe anything Obaka dished up.

If it’s a distraction, it’s a bad one.

CPT. Charles on June 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

She follows in the footprints of Graysum and Weinerman…wackadoodle…

ladyingray on June 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Wackee Doodle Debbie: “I’m glad I am, So’s Uncle Sam.”

RDE2010 on June 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

“When I saw the gray undies picture I thought it looked thiiiiiiiiiiiis big, but when I saw the naked picture, I found out it was only thiis big.”

Perfect photo, Ed!

stvnscott on June 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Like Alan Grayson, she’ll keep this up until somebody puts her firmly in her place.

Seth Halpern on June 10, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Why crop the pic?

MNHawk on June 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM

She’s a perfect fit. Keep her in that position. She’s the face of crazy. Don’t stop talking, Debbie.

sherry on June 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Like Alan Grayson…

Seth Halpern on June 10, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Hmmm…Has anyone ever seen DWS & Grayson together?

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM

She lies? So what, little Bammie tells lies every time he opens his mouth.

A democratic party membership card is a license to lie. Really, -it says that on the back in the fine print, and the old liberal media honors the license.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Debbie Does Demagoguery

ted c on June 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Debbie and Bam do not have to play by the rules, as always the ideologically pure are exempt

clnurnberg on June 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

But Wasserman Schultz has a higher profile now — and was hired precisely because of her skills as a communicator lying piece of hypocrisy.

RalphyBoy on June 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Hahahahah!!!! That picture is PRICELESS….

KMC1 on June 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

DWS in way over her head…

mjbrooks3 on June 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM

The woman lies every time she gets in front of a camera.. Horrible..

reshas1 on June 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Debbie W-S is a leftist idiot who tells outright lies to get attention. Hardly comparable to Michael Steele, whose only crime was to be a black conservative.

n0doz on June 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Debbie Downer. hehehe!

TN Mom on June 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

With a 48% positive approval rating Obama has to be all smiles!

albill on June 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Great thumbnail pic Ed!

Next up: “Debbie Does …”

Mr_Magoo on June 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

DailyDanet on June 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I like the

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I saw in the store banner ad!

Mr_Magoo on June 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Forget the RNC. The 527′s are where these ads need to come from.
We need to support the 527′s, the RNC isn’t listening to us.

barnone on June 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Of course she’s grateful. The entire Democratic party is breathing a huge sigh of relief over Weinergate. The more this story dominates the headlines, the less focus there is on their destruction of the American economy.

In fact I would not be the least bit surprised to find out that some Democratic party operative leaked the story to Breitbart.

UltimateBob on June 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

@Me_Magoo; thanks–it’s one of my best sellers.

DailyDanet on June 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM

“…the press may might have taken a much closer look at…”

We’re not talking about something that’s still a possibility, but a hypothetical situation we already know is contrary to fact.

Tzetzes on June 10, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Wrong, respectfully, Ed. The other D who’s happy about this is Obama.

This distracts nicely from all the economic and other domestic/foreign Obama deficiencies.

The guy is a flaming liberal who is also incredibly inept.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Classic photo, Ed…

Was she demonstrating the ‘photo’ she got from Weiner to PBHO?

Khun Joe on June 10, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Leave Debbie Wasserman-Schultz alone!

If we don’t back off, she will be replaced, and the next one almost has to be better for the DNC. I suggest we bide our time, let her do her thing, and just keep assembling clips of her gaffes and outrages for ads in the 2012 campaign. Don’t mess up a good thing!

DWS was hired for her ability to stay on message. She is one of the best at parroting talking points, even when they don’t exactly match up with the question being asked. She has always been almost a Random Talking-Point Generator.

Her problem now is she thinks her new title means she’s smart and can start paraphrasing the talking points and ad libbing. She’s not, and she can’t without screwing the pooch. But – SSSSSSSSH! Let’s keep that our little secret, mmmkay?

Adjoran on June 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

DEMOCRATIC RULE # 1

Always blame the other side of doing what ever you have done or going to do wrong, first.

Franklyn on June 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Her problem now is she thinks her new title means she’s smart and can start paraphrasing the talking points and ad libbing

Typical liberal socialist. They have all the anwers if the fact and reality will just get out of the way.

I am sure that Obama sees her as highly intelligent since that is the way he sees himself, and claims to have an IQ of 117 to prove it. Did anyone mention that 116 is average? Funny being a narcissist politician that it just happened to bump up that one point. With average intelligence or even his boarderline claim, it is not how smart you are that counts but how much common sense you have to work with that makes the difference. One thing we know, he is on the short bus for common sense and integrity.

Another clue is that highly intelligent people, those on the high end of highly intelligent and up, don’t want people to know how smart they are and will usually play down any suggestion of being a highly intelligent, super smart or a genius. We certainly don’t tell anyone our IQ’s. The reason is simple, people shy away from those they fear are smarter than they are. In Obama’s case, he has no worries there.

Franklyn on June 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM