Do not go gentle into that good political night. Team Bernie seems to be taking their cues more from Dylan Thomas than the obvious mathematics now in play for the Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver, reacting to the same clip that prompted Mika Brzezinski to demand Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ resignation as DNC chair, tells MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki that she has used her position to go on a personal vendetta against Bernie Sanders (via the Free Beacon and Leon Wolf):
“It’s ridiculous, frankly,” Weaver said in response to Schultz’s comments. “The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, it’s been pretty clear almost from the get-go that she has been working against Bernie Sanders. I mean, there’s no doubt about it, for personal reasons.” …
When Kornacki pushed Weaver on what he means by personal reasons motivating Schultz, the campaign manager said that when one talks to high-ranking officials at the DNC, “I would say there is not unanimity in terms of her topics and her responses throughout this campaign. I mean, if you think back to that issue where they shut off Senator Sanders’ access to his data shortly before the Iowa caucuses. I mean that was a unilateral action taken on her part. Believe me, there was tremendous pressure inside the party structure for her to relent.” …
“It’s been clear there’s a pattern of conduct from the beginning of this campaign that has been hostile to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and she’s really become a divisive figure in the party,” Weaver said.
Earlier, Weaver also accused Wasserman Schultz of “throwing shade” on Team Bernie. The DNC chair responded with a spoken hashtag:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 18, 2016
If there’s anything lamer than an aging politico trying to sound hip by using a slang phrase like “throwing shade,” it’s another aging politico verbalizing a Twitter hashtag in response. “Malarky” works better, but the trouble is that it describes the increasingly pitched whining from both sides too well.
After today, two things are clearer now than before. One, Bernie Sanders will not close down his campaign until after the Washington DC caucuses in mid-June. Two, Republicans will not be the only party dealing with serious unity issues during the conventions.