Wasserman Schultz stuck as DNC chair for another term?

posted at 4:21 pm on November 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What happens when entrenched leadership refuses to give up power, even after repeated losses?  Oh, let’s not always see the same Republican hands.  The answer: potential new leaders end up cooling their heels in their current positions.  Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong points out that Nancy Pelosi’s decision to remain House Minority Leader despite two successive Congressional losses means that two members of the younger set won’t be able to make their way into leadership:

The House Democratic leadership mold continues to harden, as Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are expected to remain in their current positions, which are effectively out of the upper echelon of caucus leadership ranks.

On Thursday, the Democratic Caucus is on track to sign off on keeping its top leaders in place for the 113th Congress — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina.

Current Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra of California is on track to win his bid to become caucus chairman, and Reps. Joseph Crowley of New York and Barbara Lee of California are vying to become caucus vice chairman.

Pelosi’s Nov. 14 decision to stay left the top ranks in place, stranding three would-be leaders — Van Hollen, Wasserman Schultz and current Caucus Chairman John B. Larson of Connecticut — without obvious places to move up to.

Daniel Halper notes that Roll Call leaves Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ status a little hazy, as with Van Hollen as well.  They have not “formally announced their plans,” but unless they want to give up their ambitions for leadership, there isn’t much else they can do, other than swapping roles.  That is the fallout from Pelosi’s decision to retain her grip on power, and from the caucus’ decision that they can’t live without her, too.  In some sense, this is a vote of no confidence in the next generation of House Democratic leadership, or at least no confidence yet.

Given Wasserman Schultz’ performance as DNC chair, that doesn’t seem irrational, either.  She started off by accusing Republicans of wanting to bring back Jim Crow, and ended up marginalized as a surrogate for Team Obama, with plenty of embarrassments along the way.  (Getting reamed by Anderson Cooper for lying was one of the most prominent examples.)  Three months ago, Politico’s Glenn Thrush revealed conflicts between Wasserman Schultz and the White House in his e-book, and Politico reported that their polling showed her the least effective of their surrogates.

That prompts the question of why Democrats would keep her in the DNC slot at all. Of course, they haven’t yet, but with the mixed results of the election, it might be difficult to justify jettisoning her.  Democrats increased their majority in the Senate, which went against expectations, and gained seats in the House, if not many considering the outcomes of the Senate and presidency.  Perhaps they just don’t have anyone prominent enough who can fill the role even to the level of Wasserman Schultz.  Organizational skills aren’t exactly in play, as Wasserman Schultz put the DNC in debt without putting Pelosi back in the Speaker’s chair — which would have created the leadership opening the DNC chair sought.


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Ed!

A picture of these 2 in one frame!??

Seriously!

ToddPA on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Mt. Rushmore of incompetence.

Archivarix on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

She is only stuck because her ass is to big for the chair.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

TIME women of the year: DWS, Fluke and S. Rice, heh

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Wasserman Schultz 2016!

mwbri on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

That prompts the question of why Democrats would keep her in the DNC slot at all.

Pretty simple, they won, the WH and Florida…so why change a winning team?
As nutty as they are…they won.

right2bright on November 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Title shouldv’e read:

Wasserman Schutlz’s head stuck up her @ss for another term?

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Nowhere else to go.

Nowhere to go but up…

Marcola on November 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

DNC CHair, otherwise known as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s Unemployment Compensation Account.

Lourdes on November 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Getting reamed by Anderson Cooper

Is something that only happens to men.

CorporatePiggy on November 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida… Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California…Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina….Xavier Becerra of California

The short bus is now full.

hillsoftx on November 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Those flags must be made of fire retardant material.

JeremiahJohnson on November 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Pretty simple, they won, the WH and Florida…so why change a winning team?
As nutty as they are…they won.

right2bright on November 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM

All kidding aside (well, may be not all kidding)–I think DWS falls into the winning in spite of category. I have heard of the top-notch dating mining operations of Obama’s team, Obama winning the culture message (as degraded as it is) among low information voters, among other strategies executed to get that 2-3 percent margin, but I have not heard anyone say it was because of DWS at the top of the DNC. She was just sent out to blather and she is not very good at even blathering.

mwbri on November 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I’d love to see her go head to head with Paul Ryan on the budget committee instead of Van Hollen! I’ll have to get in a new supply of popcorn for it.

CoffeeLover on November 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

They keep Pelosi and Wasserman-Schultz.
We keep Boehner and Priebus.

Everything they’ve done and have been doing up until November 6th has worked wonders for them all.

Everything we’ve done and have been doing up until November 6th has been unmitigated disaster.

Even Alan Grayson is back in Congress in all his Cro-Magnon glory.

Why in the world would the Democrats ever quit doing what they’ve been doing and change anything — now?

And why in the world do the Republicans feel that unmitigated disaster and same old-same old is the clear path to victory?

FlatFoot on November 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

FlatFoot on November 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It’s called the “dumb party” for good reasons.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

These two degenerate half wits in unbelievable positions of power?

Tell me this nation isn’t under judgment.

tom daschle concerned on November 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

It’ll be fun for us, because Ryan generally makes mince meat out of the talking points robot. However, let’s think of poor Paul Ryan and his sanity. Would you want to listen to the nonsense associated with the world’s most lifelike talking points robot for hours on end in committee meetings? Seriously, what exactly did Ryan do to deserve that?

Illinidiva on November 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I’d hit it.

BacaDog on November 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Mt. Rushmore of incompetence.

Archivarix on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

But instead of being carved in stone, it should be sculpted in a big pile of shit.

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I’d hit it.

BacaDog on November 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Be too. With a 2 X 4.

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Be ME too. With a 2 X 4.

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Fixed.

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Wasserman Schultz stuck as DNC chair for another term?

Interesting! Shouldn’t you all be attacking Rinse Pebus for not getting the republican candidate elected? At least DWS was able to get her candidate elected. She has earned another term as chair. Deal with it.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I loathe that woman.

nicktjacob on November 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Interesting! Shouldn’t you all be attacking Rinse Pebus for not getting the republican candidate elected? At least DWS was able to get her candidate elected. She has earned another term as chair. Deal with it.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

FINANCIAL COLLAPSE AND DEFAULT! FULL SPEED AHEAD!

tom daschle concerned on November 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Me too. With Bob’s 2×4.

DanMan on November 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

FINANCIAL COLLAPSE AND DEFAULT! FULL SPEED AHEAD!

tom daschle concerned on November 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Obviously the American people disagreed with your paranoia Nov 6th.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Interesting! Shouldn’t you all be attacking Rinse Pebus for not getting the republican candidate elected?

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I think FlatFoot took care of that at 4:38

But you’re so busy being witty and whatnot that you don’t even bother reading the posts above. All aboard the Fail Train, HAL is at the wheel.

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Obviously the American people disagreed with your paranoia Nov 6th.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

It is what they voted for patriot. You are going to get it.

222Trillion in unfunded liabilities and all your libs want to do is continue ZIRP, deflate the dollar, and inflate the price of everything else.

May you suffer immeasurably under it. all 1.5 Quadrillion lbs of it.

tom daschle concerned on November 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Please let DWS stay in the limelight, please I’m an old man, and hearing this ignorant… uh… er… people-thingie pontificate foolishness before a camera is one of the few giggles left for me.

Hopefully there was nothing sexist, racist, or misogynistic in the proceeding. Wait a minute, I’m an old man. I don’t give a loose poop what any ignorant fool thinks about what I said.

WestTexasBirdDog on November 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Obviously the American people disagreed with your paranoia Nov 6th.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

No, it’s just that they are too stupid and ill-informed to know that it is going to happen. They, like you (obviously) chose to vote for the guy who promised them the most free stuff ™.

Or do you somehow believe that the divine beings in Washington DC are going to work some sort of last minute miracle that will magically solve the nations fiscal problems by January 1, 2013?

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

That prompts the question of why Democrats would keep her in the DNC slot at all.

Because for every time she’s called out for lying, 20 more interviewers let her spew her lies without as much as a challenge.

And it’s probably harder than we think to find someone on their side with such a small amount of self respect that they’re willing to go on national television and call their opponents racists day in and day out.

nextgen_repub on November 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Interesting! Shouldn’t you all be attacking Rinse Pebus for not getting the republican candidate elected?

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Whew! Breathtaking logic! How would people voting Obama back in prevent a financial collapse? It is either going to happen or it is not, but Obama’s minions did not decide it was not going to happen by voting for Obama.

mwbri on November 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Whoever said politics is show business for ugly people was right. Yeesh.

RobertE on November 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Counting Van Hollen and the washerwoman, that makes approximately 1,500,000 people in the US who will dance a jig when Nanzi Pelousy draws her last breath.

Naturally Curly on November 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Grabbed the wrong quote from HotAirLib–it is the 5:07 quote that Obama voters voted against finaniacial–as if they can prevent it.

mwbri on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

No, it’s just that they are too stupid and ill-informed to know that it is going to happen. They, like you (obviously) chose to vote for the guy who promised them the most free stuff ™.

Or do you somehow believe that the divine beings in Washington DC are going to work some sort of last minute miracle that will magically solve the nations fiscal problems by January 1, 2013?

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Parrot all the propaganda you want. No one cares or believes you. That is why the American people went with the choice of the candidate who most shares their values and feels their pain.

They rejected your 4 years of doom & gloom. 4 years of constant hate. 4 years of wishing ill on America simply because you can’t stand seeing the president in the WH. Anyway its all over now. We won and you lost. President Obama for another 4 years.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

And it’s probably harder than we think to find someone on their side with such a small amount of self respect that they’re willing to go on national television and call their opponents racists day in and day out.

nextgen_repub on November 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

See Chris Matthews

weaselyone on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

feels their pain.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

HA HA HA HA, you’re so fcuking delusional Francis.

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Nancy-poo just loves THE POWER! And the lemmings continue to re-elect her.

GarandFan on November 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Quite a pompous little pisher, aintcha? Bite me.

Naturally Curly on November 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

We won and you lost. President Obama for another 4 years.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

No, we all lost.

But enjoy your life as an unemployed, uninformed, delusional turd living in the cool comfort of your mom’s basement, you’re probably going to be there a while.

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

No one cares or believes you. That is why the American people went with the choice of the candidate who most shares their values and feels their pain.

HotAirLib on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

It’s near the end of the month and the welfare and food stamp checks come friday. That is why the American people (like you) went with the choice.

docflash on November 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

A picture of these 2 in one frame!??

Seriously!

ToddPA on November 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Lunch tasted better the first time…

affenhauer on November 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

See Chris Matthews

weaselyone on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Heh, I was thinking Rep Grayson might seem like a good choice to replace her. But they probably want to keep a woman in that position so they can push the War on Women!

nextgen_repub on November 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

She kicked Drunk Priebus’ butt, so why not stay on?

BocaJuniors on November 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I think FlatFoot took care of that at 4:38

But you’re so busy being witty and whatnot that you don’t even bother reading the posts above. All aboard the Fail Train, HAL is at the wheel.

NapaConservative on November 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

HAL will be singing Daisy!

22044 on November 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

UltimateBob on November 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM
Post was aimed at HAL,not you.My cut and paste skills have been erratic since the election.

docflash on November 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I hope see stays as DNC chair. Every time she opens her mouth, she makes the Democrat Party look even worse. Yes, hard to do, but DWS can do it!

WannabeAnglican on November 27, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I do not feel as bad for us, when I see the dems are stuck with Pelosi and Debbie. It is only Boehner grimacing at the camera that drives me insane. (Perhaps the camera is unkind to a nervous tick?) I like the rest of our guys in the House, Cantor, Ryan, and some of the others that are not in the leadership, but we get to see on Fox, like Mrs. Bachman.

What is a good thing is that the dems are in the minority, so the new Kennedy from MA cannot make himself important, and be promoted because of his name to the head of the class.

Fleuries on November 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

same old…same old…don’t ignore the troll!

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

What?
There weren’t any openings for a “DWS-catcher” anywhere?

Another Drew on November 28, 2012 at 4:40 PM