Politico: Obama to reappoint Wasserman Schultz as DNC chair

posted at 1:01 pm on December 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

While we mull over the possibility of change at the RNC, the DNC looks prepared to cement the status quo.  Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Barack Obama will ask the DNC to give Debbie Wasserman Schultz another term as chair, highlighting her “outstanding job” over the last eighteen months:

EXCLUSIVE – A senior Democratic official: “Because of the outstanding job she has done, the President will ask the members of the Democratic National Committee to ratify his choice of [Rep.] Debbie Wasserman Schultz to continue leading the Party as Chair when they meet in January.  The DNC will meet [in Washington on Jan. 22], the day after President Obama is sworn in for a second term, with the primary item of business being electing party officers, including the DNC Chair. …

President Obama won Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida, burnishing her record after a cycle where she participated in 1,000 events and interviews, and helped solidify his hold on the Jewish vote despite a huge Republican effort. Top Dems say taking back the House is a key goal for the party, and she is perfect to lead that effort. Wasserman Schultz, a tireless fundraiser, combines a youthful optimism with a fierce partisanship. “She doesn’t shy away from the tougher fights,” a key adviser said. “It’s helpful to have someone who doesn’t mind going toe to toe. … She’s a leader for women, and the grassroots love her.”

The “going toe to toe” part led to more than a few embarrassments for Obama and the Democrats over the last eighteen months, however.  As much of a “leader for women” Wasserman Schultz might have been, Team Obama had to start restricting her surrogate appearances this summer after their testing showed that she was their least effective talking head on television.  That was especially true on CNN, where both Wolf Blizter and Anderson Cooper tore into her for misleading and untrue allegations about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Her organizational skills are not exactly top drawer, either.  Obama managed to win with a lower percentage of the popular vote than in his first term, while the DNC ended up deep in the red at the end of the cycle, but most of the credit for Obama’s win has gone to his own campaign’s efforts and not the DNC.  Democrats did better than expected in the Senate, thanks to Republican gaffes, but Democrats failed to gain much traction in the House despite both of those victories.

That doesn’t make it sound like Wasserman Schultz is “perfect to lead that effort,” as Allen paraphrases “top Dems” as saying … but she may be the only choice they have.  Democrats could have kicked her upstairs into House leadership if Nancy Pelosi had decided to quietly retire after two successive losses, but she apparently wants to go for the hat trick — and that freezes the fossilizing Democratic leadership in amber for another two years.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz has nowhere else to go for that time.


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Charlatanic thugs like each other.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM

The USA is bereft of the last shred of decency.

Obama has killed it all.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

The land deserves both, in full.

Let the scrooming be painful, very painful.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

AmeriKa is the land of the most stupid.

America used to be the freest land on Earth.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The stock of mayonnaise should go up.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

… both Wolf Blizter and Anderson Cooper tore into her for misleading and untrue allegations…

…JugEars exact type of an acceptable comrade!

KOOLAID2 on December 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a Quint in it.
-Ace

tom daschle concerned on December 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

She makes the ugliest people, inside and out, appear beautiful.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Sure, why not? It appears that American’s no longer care if they are lied to on national TV on daily basis.

JPeterman on December 3, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Barry once again showing superior management capacity. If only Romney had had such experience…

BHO Jonestown on December 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Christmas in… oh. Right.

Red Cloud on December 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Welcome to AmeriKa, JPeterson.

Most Americans used to be free, independent, decent and hard working.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Quick, somebody get Captain Renault on the White courtesy phone… Big Fat Liar embraces Big Fat Liar… L.I.B (Let it burn) Burn baby Burn…

SWalker on December 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Heh, JPeterman

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I should get one of those “I Pooped today!” t-shirts.

MechanicalBill on December 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

…I need her for when I feel nauseated…she helps me to puke… so my stomach feels better!
I don’t have to put my finger down my throat!

KOOLAID2 on December 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

He will also appoint S. Rice, who’s married to the producer of This Week/Stephanoplous.

May the children of the incestual media/gov’t all be born cripples (yes, intentionally not PC term). Just look around. This is the main trouble of the USA. The media and the gov’t are literally in bed with each other. The result is pretty devastating.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM

When you need a lying, conniving, brainless minion to spread your propaganda you might as well go for the best.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

To revisit my “Headlines” comment:

Ewwwww.

Skanktimonious Skeeze.

That is all.

hillbillyjim on December 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I agree with President Obama. They both won so, let the country of misfit idiots have them both.

L.I.B.

Mr. Arrogant on December 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

“Because of the outstanding job she has done…”

Not much is expected from the left.

They’re all idiots and the mediocrity is swell.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Goebbels, Muenchhausen, Orwell, Pinocchio and Machiavelli orgasm in their graves, again.

Their wildest dreams and imaginations are fulfilled.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Bark chose Geithner too so this shouldn’t really be a surprise.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

on the other hand — the daily comic relief will go on…

affenhauer on December 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Sure, why not? It appears that American’s no longer care if they are lied to on national TV on daily basis.

JPeterman on December 3, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Yes, it certainly appears that way. I’m sorry for you and all those that thought something better was here.

It seems that people are going to learn the hard way for their apathy, laziness and stupidity.

kim roy on December 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Biden was at Costco to pick up 5-gallon jars of mayo for Little Debbie’s holiday bonus.

Christien on December 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Up is down, right is wrong, truth is lie, smart is dumb…I give up. All our rational,thoughtful, logical discussions take place in our own little echo chamber…all for naught.

winston on December 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Of course he does. He needs a lap dog. And I mean that literally.

Hummer53 on December 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

DWS sucks on just about every level you can imagine and they still managed a successful election and actually made up some ground against their losses in 2010. That says more about the current state of the GOP than it does about DWS, Reid, Obama, and Pelosi.

lexhamfox on December 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

On Nov 7th, I stopped watching the news when it focuses on politics and I no longer discuss politics with anyone. I’m through with it.

I’m sick of all of the charades that is going on in our capital. I’m sick of liberals and I’m disgusted with the majority of the citizens in our country for the way they voted and why.

As an ex-political junkie, every now and then I’ll peruse this website to get a quick fix but that really is about it.

Cherokee on December 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

This might seem a strange point but watching Geithner makes me understand why Obama is pushing Rice at State. Obama needs radicals and flunkies at the top posts. If he even had a guy like Kerry who had run for President he couldn’t count on his loyalty to do radical things. Any non-radical President would save their political capital for other fights UNLESS for this President it IS worth the fight as he needs an anti-Isreal, etc person at State for his second term agenda.

Conan on December 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM

davidk on December 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The USA is bereft of the last shred of decency.

Obama has killed it all.

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Only 54? What about trees for the other three states?

davidk on December 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

davidk on December 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

More nightmares about yeast.

docflash on December 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Cherokee on December 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I know how you feel but I hope you can take some measure of solace in the fact that eventually any political tide eventually turns. I would also point out that the most important and constructive political work needs to be carried out when the tide is against you. Now is the time for political discussion and solid arguments for what is right. The most important thing you can do sometimes is to listen and figure out why people voted the way they did and respond with something that resonates with those people rather than giving up on them.

lexhamfox on December 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Ahh, the face that launched a thousand howling dogs.

ToddPA on December 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

hey look, it’s Alan Greyson without the breasts.

ToddPA on December 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

That broad’s like the highway between Dallas and Fort Worth.

No curves.

ToddPA on December 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

What that pic really needs is a nice coat of flat black spray paint…

SWalker on December 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Freedom entails a lot of responsibility. Little wonder leftists hate it so.

Bevan on December 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

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hillbillyjim on December 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

It would be a little embarrassing for the party that just won a presidential reelection to dump its chairman. And it would be doubly embarrassing for the liberal party to dump the Jewish woman. So as atrocious and problematic as DWS is, Obama doesn’t have a lot of choice but to keep her for at least another year.

rockmom on December 3, 2012 at 2:09 PM

We’ve been laboring under the delusion that there would be repercussions for being the party of corruption, incompetence, bailouts, Nancy Pelosi, DWS, failed stimuli, Benghazi, etc.

Clearly the electorate has shown that the consequence is being rewarded with another four years.

So why wouldn’t they reappoint DWS? She raised a bunch of money, held the senate, picked up seats in the house, and got Obama reelected with an AWFUL record. She deserves a reward.

SAMinVA on December 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

The status quo remains. All that is left now is for the first term ‘accomplishments’ to kick in. Only when those who voted for Obama start feeling everything from the first pinch to the real pain will there be a change.

Liam on December 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

lexhamfox on December 3, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I suppose once Obama is done with his socialistis entitlement programs in this country we could start to claw our way back.

I guess having been born in 1953 and remembering what America was really like while growing up has caused some nostalgia to resurface in me. The thing is, I no longer believe our country will ever return to its grassroots of patriotism, hard work, honesty, civil rights, and family ideals. I guess I’m just old fashioned in my thinking. Man, do I ever long for those days when right was right and wrong was wrong.

Cherokee on December 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/334638/hillary-israelis-lack-empathy-oppressed-palestinians-nathaniel-botwinick

At the 2012 Saban Forum on Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the lack of Israeli understanding for the Palestinians in negotiations: “I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion.

So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds.” She also insisted that Israel must continue to negotiate with the Palestinians in order “to occupy the moral high ground.”

Who knew Israel didn’t already have that when dealing with terrorist organizations?

wow, 6 million dead and thousands of years of oppression by the world governing powers don’t getcha any “empathy” points??????

Tell us Secretary Clinton…….how many dead are required?

Someone get a comment from her Jewishness Debbie Schultz and see if she finds HRH Hillary offensive.

Any bets on what the Debbie would say if asked?

PappyD61 on December 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

**comment withheld by hillbilly to avoid banhammer

hillbillyjim on December 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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HEY . . . . . I have a patent on that.

You owe me a “royalty”.

listens2glenn on December 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

As I always say, “You’ve got to admire a woe-as-me-man, who can simultaneously grow pub1c hair on her head while looking directly into the camera and telling the America people ‘We actually have not required in this law that you carry health insurance.’”

My personal suggestion would have been Hank Johnson, but I guess he’s too busy determining the exact Chamorro-Guamanian-tourist-Marine ratio, dispersion rate, and density to keep “Guam from tipping over and capsizing” and trying to figure out ways to limit “so-called free speech rights.”

Whatchu say about the Constitution saying “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech”??? Bullocks!

Y’all noes nuttin’ ain’t free ‘cept Obamaphones, Obamacare, Obamafood, Obamagas, Obamagrants, Obamahousing, etc. Speech? Psych! That ain’t free! Dem ole, rich, white, slave-owning dudes was pullin y’alls’ figgers. Free to dem didn’t mean free to y’alls, bruthas and sistas! Youse weren’t even free so how could you have free speech rights? And, you uppity, white wimminens. You wasn’t free either. Hell, we’s gots the vote ‘fore you! Take That. You thunk that youse were so much better than us black bruthers. Hmph! Musta hurts y’alls little, white pride watching us walking past ya while you were cooking, washing, cleaning and knitting as we’s were a’gonna to the polls. Miss Daisy was none too happy. I’ll tell ya that.

“Free speech”! My ole grandad woulda howled with laffa and then tolja to put that inya cornbob pipe and smoke it ‘fore Vice-Massa Biden puts y’all back in chains.

Hank Johnson for Secretary of the Navy!!!

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

**comment withheld by hillbilly to avoid banhammer

hillbillyjim on December 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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HEY . . . . . I have a patent on that.

You owe me a “royalty”.

listens2glenn on December 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The check’s in the mail.

(Sorry, it’s drawn on the Geithner Bank and Trust Corp.)

hillbillyjim on December 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Heckuva job, Ramenhair.

Again, how would you like to feel like she looks?

ghostwalker1 on December 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

RWM, did you see his latest?

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

That pic needs a caption contest.

Bishop on December 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Dumb and Ugly

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Insanity seeks its own.

avagreen on December 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Yeah. That’s why I wrote about “so-called free speech.”

How about Congresswoman Sheila “Did the Mars Rover take any images of the flag Neil Armstrong planted on Mars?” Jackson-Lee for Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology?

How about Congresswoman Gwendolynne “The National Institute of Health has said that it is a danger to women’s health and safety of their families, that for 30 years, to be to the prospects of pregnancy” Moore for Secretary of Health and Human Services?

How about Congressman Keith “Let me tell you in World War II, in World War II they (the Nazis) attacked Pearl Harbor. That would be enough” Ellison for Secretary of Defence?

How about Congresswoman Nancy “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs” Pelosi for Secretary of Labour since she’ll oversee the Bureau of Labour Statistics?

How about former Senator Chris “Eight more days and I can start telling the truth again” Dodd for Ministry of Truth?

How about Senator Barbara “Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I’m still alive.’ But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again” Boxer for Secretary of Education?

How about Congresswoman Maxine “Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing…uh, um…Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies…If you call it a riot (Rodney King riot) it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. Riot implies to me wild, crazed, uncalled-for actions and I’m not so sure that’s quite appropriate for what took place in Los Angeles. It was unfortunate that it takes things like this rebellion to wake people up. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable…It was only a rebellion… a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration…There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes. Maybe they shouldn’t have done it, but the atmosphere was such that they did it. They are not crooks” Waters for Secretary of Wealth Redistribution.

How about Louis “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He rose Germany up from the ashes” Farrakhan as Ambassador to Egypt?

How about Congressman Charlie “I’m in the kitchen and I’m not walking out” Rangel as Secretary of Agriculture, National Nutrition Standards, Mandatory Dietary Service, and Food Youth Camps?

How about Congresswoman Diane “He’s married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black” Watson for Secretary of Marriage Equality?

How about Janet “The system worked [The 'system' evidently being a Dutch filmmaker with the wherewithal to diffuse the underwear bomber before he went to meet his 72 virgins as an eunuch]“ Napolitano for Secretary of Homeland Security? Oops. She already has the job. Whew! What a relief!

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Her greatest hits

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

RWM, you are the best!

Schadenfreude on December 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

How about Senator Richard “On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that. I take full responsibility. But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country” Blumenthal for Ambassador to Vietnam – hey, he’d finally get to ‘Nam!?

How about Senator Dick “It’s not a federal mandate, … It’s an opportunity for your community, on a grass roots basis, to come together” Durbin as Community Outreach Czar?

How about Richard “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security” Danzig as Director of National Security?

How about Senator Harry “We won’t smell the tourists anymore…My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway…In the summer, because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive, but it’s true” Reid for Secretary of Tourism?

How about former Congressman David “Don’t let faux Klingons send real Americans to war” Wu as Secretary for Intergalatic War?

How about Senator Chuck “Biking through New York’s boroughs in 2005, I thought about some old friends, Joe and Eileen Bailey. Though they are imaginary, I frequently talk to them” Schumer as Secretary of Paranormal Activity and Imaginary Friends?

How about former Congresswoman Cynthia “I strongly condemn in the strongest words possible the Israeli occupation of and genocidal policies toward Palestine” McKinney as the American Ambassador to Israel?

How about Governor Jerry “The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs” Brown as Secretary of the Treasury?

How about Senator John “I’m going to be honest with you — I don’t know a lot about Cuba’s healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?” Forbes Kerry as Official Screen Projectionist for Academy Award winner, Michael Moore?

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

How about Senator Richard “On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that. I take full responsibility. But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service to our country” Blumenthal for Ambassador to Vietnam – hey, he’d finally get to ‘Nam!?

How about Senator Richard “It’s not a federal mandate, … It’s an opportunity for your community, on a grass roots basis, to come together” Durbin as Community Outreach Czar?

How about Richard “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security” Danzig as Director of National Security?

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM

How about Senator Chuck “Biking through New York’s boroughs in 2005, I thought about some old friends, Joe and Eileen Bailey. Though they are imaginary, I frequently talk to them” Schumer as Secretary of Paranormal Activity and Imaginary Friends?

How about former Congresswoman Cynthia “I strongly condemn in the strongest words possible the Israeli occupation of and genocidal policies toward Palestine” McKinney as the American Ambassador to Israel?

How about Governor Jerry “The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs” Brown as Secretary of the Treasury?

How about Senator John “I’m going to be honest with you — I don’t know a lot about Cuba’s healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?” Forbes Kerry as Official Screen Projectionist for Academy Award winner, Michael Moore?

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

How about Senator Harry “We won’t smell the tourists anymore…My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway…In the summer, because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive, but it’s true” Reid for Secretary of Tourism?

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM

How about former Congressman David “Don’t let faux(as in fake) K-l-i-n-g-o-n-s send real Americans to war” W.u as Secretary for Intergalactic War?

Don’t understand the problem with the censors here….

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Schadenfreuude on December 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Thx. Same about you!

Resist We Much on December 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Barry really doesn’t care. After all, he’s got his last 4 years. And it’s always about Barry, all the time.

GarandFan on December 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM