Could the DNC really remove Debbie Wasserman-Schultz?

posted at 8:01 am on January 7, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Generally, when you see criticism of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz cropping up, it’s coming from Republicans and conservatives. And why not? There’s plenty of fertile ground for going after her. But this month she’s facing an uprising on her own left flank. As the Daily Caller reports, supporters of Bernie Sanders have started a petition drive trying to oust the Florida congresswoman from her perch just as the primary voting is about to begin.

In just five days, nearly 27,000 people have signed a progressive advocacy group’s petition calling on the Democratic National Committee to remove its chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from her position due to her support of 2016 hopeful Hillary Clinton.

RootsAction alleges the Florida congresswoman has skewed the Democratic primaries in favor of the former secretary of state.

“In addition to her recent attempt to deny the Bernie Sanders campaign access to its own voter files, Wasserman Schultz has tried in other ways to minimize competition for her candidate, Hillary Clinton,” the Washington-based group wrote in the petition. “She has done this by scheduling very few primary debates, and scheduling them at times of low TV viewing.”

The disgruntled activists are complaining about “corporate and/or incompetent moderators” in the Democrat debates. (Wait.. I thought we had a copyright on that, didn’t we?)

For the most part, RootsAction seems to exist for the very specific purpose of attacking Hillary Clinton and supporting Bernie Sanders. Their home page is still prominently featuring a call to remove Debbie Downer. If you’re bored, you can follow that link and sign their petition, but would we really want to? I tweeted something about this story yesterday, thinking that it was unlikely to have any real impact but, hey… it’s worth a shot, right? But as several folks pointed out to me almost immediately, why get rid of her? Her bumbling handling of the DNC’s affairs is probably one of the best, free assets that Republicans have going for them. Her interviews on cable news are endless sources of amusement and make the Democrats look completely frivolous.

But more to the point, I can’t imagine the Democrats dumping her right now. We’re at a rather pivotal moment in the election cycle as voters get ready to go to the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. Firing their most high profile surrogate and battle commander on the eve of the fight would send a terrible message to their base and give an even stronger impression of a party in disarray. If there was a time for the Democrats to rid themselves of this albatross around their necks it would have been last spring or summer before all the declared candidates were lined up.

Unfortunately for the DNC, this may turn out to be their only opportunity for quite some time and they’ll almost surely let it slip away. A group like RootsAction is going to collapse as soon as Sanders is chased from the primary field and that will likely be right after Super Tuesday, whether Bernie is willing to “officially” bow out or not. After that it will be business as usual with a national effort to drag Hillary Clinton over the finish line, and ditching her biggest cheerleader in the party leadership simply won’t be an option.

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You’d need some pretty heavy-duty solvent to break free from that hair of hers.

CurtZHP on January 7, 2016 at 8:03 AM

I hope they never do.

But they will. Her Royal Thighness wants one of her own slimers in there.

ConstantineXI on January 7, 2016 at 8:04 AM

Appoint her chair for life..she’s a gift that keeps on giving

txdoc on January 7, 2016 at 8:05 AM

The picture looks like the last frame from Hillary’s dash cam footage.

Limerick on January 7, 2016 at 8:05 AM

I see them trying to promote the Lady DA from Maryland.

dougmva on January 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

They have a corner on loon ugly commie women so yes it will be easy for them.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Only black lives matter now in commie democrat land.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM

Shelia Jackson Lee

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Probably, over time.
She’s like that nightmare you remember until about noon.

leftamark on January 7, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Shelia Jackson Lee

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:15 AM

That would be marvelous! So much new, rich fodder.

They’d try to insulate her using black woman, but we’d be able to retort “stupid ignorant politician” … and then we can find out who her donors are and exploit that.

Yeah…go from dumb blonde to willfully ignorant and prejudiced black woman.

ProfShadow on January 7, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Jazz,

Democrats, Bernie supporters and even some Hillary supporters have been dumping on Debbie WasThatAMan Schultz for six month or more.

You need to get out more :)

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Yeah…go from dumb blonde to willfully ignorant and prejudiced black woman.

ProfShadow on January 7, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Um…doesn’t that describe pretty much every black woman in power in the Democrat party?

Jackson-Lee? Mosby? Kamala Harris? Rawlings-Blake?

Rogue on January 7, 2016 at 8:23 AM

DWS is the perfect face of the Democrat party.

wifarmboy on January 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM

She gives me nightmares about yeast.

docflash on January 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

I see them trying to promote the Lady racist skank-ho DA from Maryland.

dougmva on January 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

bernzright777 on January 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM

She gives me nightmares about yeast.

docflash on January 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Sourdough?

HonestLib on January 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Jackson-Lee? Mosby? Kamala Harris? Rawlings-Blake?

Rogue on January 7, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Remember Cynthia Mckinney? Still cracks me up!

bernzright777 on January 7, 2016 at 8:36 AM

The disgruntled activists are complaining about “corporate and/or incompetent moderators” in the Democrat debates.

I can’t imagine why scheduling debates opposite the AFC and NFC championships would deter viewership.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 8:43 AM

They can’t replace Pelosi even though she has presided over several disastrous election cycles.

They have a Jurassic Park primary with two dinosaurs battling over who is more like FDR.

Their only baranded Governors are Jerry Moonbeam Brown who has been around since the 70s and Cuomo, who is in power because he is the son of an icon.

Bottom line – they got no bench….no one to replace DWS with.

Deafdog on January 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

I can’t imagine why scheduling debates opposite the AFC and NFC championships would deter viewership.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 8:43 AM

If Trump had a debate schedule during any of those two games, the NFL would loose viewership.

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2016 at 8:55 AM

They won’t remove her. Once Hillary loses the general, then she can be the scapegoat from the Clinton’s POV.

Steve_in_SoCal on January 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

She gives me nightmares about yeast.

docflash on January 7, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Sourdough?

HonestLib on January 7, 2016 at 8:34 AM

I was eating.

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM

She is Hillary’s firewall.
She and a couple other women are scamming the system to protect and make sure Hillary is it.
Hillary will not allow it.

Me thinks Hillary will quit the race for “medical” reasons.
(But really FBI indictment…)

albill on January 7, 2016 at 9:21 AM

The picture looks like the last frame from Hillary’s dash cam footage.

I’m printing out a screen cap of that one…

Jazz Shaw on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

There’s plenty of fertile ground for going after her.

I can’t believe there’s anything fertile about Debbie Clowner.

rbj on January 7, 2016 at 9:41 AM

“Albatross”

Hmmm, word association time …

Rare species; endangered; habitat; preservation; ugly, gangly, … *whoops, going off narrative*; survival; God’s creation; EPA ….

A word to the wise: leave the albatross alone.

Dusty on January 7, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Where is the “analysis” of whether or not 27,000 “signatures” (online only) on a petition has any actual relevance to DWS tenure as head of the DNC ?

I’m about 99.9% sure it has no bearing on her whatsoever. It can’t trigger official action, it has not weight whatsoever.

Stop posting drivel. There are probably in the neighborhood of 90 MILLION registered Democrats in the US and we’re supposed to quiver over 27,000 electronic signatures on some BS petition ? Please

deadrody on January 7, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Who cares. Bernie Sanders doesn’t. He’s tired of hearing about her emails, Benghazi, her enabling of a serial, sex offender and her ridicule of rape victims.

Bernie’s in it for the money and the jazz!

Vince on January 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Albatross? Do you get wafers with it?

Ward Cleaver on January 7, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Fun fact: Both of Blabbermouth’s politician parents went to federal prison on corruption charges in 2010. Her useless mother still gets a state pension of almost $5k despite being found guilty on 5 counts of bribery.

Scumbag family all around

Sugarbuzz on January 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

I know that others may disagree, and I wonder myself, but Deb is the only woman I can think of that is worse than Hillary. That’s saying a ton since there are so many choices the Dems have that come so close.

HiJack on January 7, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Why would any Republican want DWS out? She’s a walking talking gaffe-job, who’s idiocy helps portray the Dems as nutjobs. What’s that old saying about not interrupting your opponent when they are making a mistake?

William Teach on January 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Fun fact: Both of Blabbermouth’s politician parents went to federal prison on corruption charges in 2010. Her useless mother still gets a state pension of almost $5k despite being found guilty on 5 counts of bribery.

Scumbag family all around

Sugarbuzz on January 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer Party.

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM

If the Democrats dump DWS, maybe Mitt Romney can give her a crewcut.

Steve Z on January 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Doooon’t yooooou beliiiieeeve it!

The Schaef on January 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

I’m really torn on this. On the one hand, the schadenfreude of watching her get axed is delicious. On the other hand, having her stay on is tying the proverbial millstone around her party’s neck and tossing them into the sea.

I guess I’ll just have to be happy either way.

Sockpuppet Politic on January 7, 2016 at 11:57 AM

No no, she is doing just fine sinking the DNC

jake49 on January 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

The picture looks like the last frame from Hillary’s dash cam footage.

Limerick on January 7, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Okay, I laughed at that one.

Pain Train on January 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

That picture, that face.

It is the perfect illustration of someone suffering from near toxic constipation.

Missilengr on January 7, 2016 at 2:53 PM

Buh-bye, DWS, I say, and if it happens, good riddance.

CivilDiscourse on January 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM