Are the Democrats embarrassed of their chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz? After her seemingly endless supply of gaffes so far this cycle (the most recent when she failed to explain the difference between being a Democrat and being a socialist on multiple occasions), she has been virtually invisible in the media.
Politico wrote a story this week suggesting there is a crisis of confidence behind the doors of the DNC:
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most. Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.
The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.
She’s become a liability to the DNC, and even to her own prospects, critics say.
“I guess the best way to describe it is, it’s not that she’s losing a duel anywhere, it’s that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster,” said John Morgan, a major donor in Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is -and always has been- a communicator of progressive slogans, not ideas. She can’t articulate a platform for the DNC because her positions are rooted in emotion and partisan attacks, not sound policy. Actually on second thought, maybe that makes her the perfect face for the Democratic Party…..