If this is the only thing that comes from Bernie Sanders staying in the race for a few more weeks, it’ll be well worth his time.
Yesterday, the Hill reported that Democrats in Washington are thinking of replacing Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chair of the Democratic National Committee before the party’s convention in August. According to their sources, the thinking is that replacing Wasserman Schultz — who is for many Sanders supporters the personification of a primary system weighted against their candidate — could help unite the party as it looks toward November.
Bernie Sanders recently endorsed Tim Canova, Wasserman Schultz’s challenger in a primary for her seat in the House.
Democrats who support both Sanders and Clinton have recently been frustrated with Wasserman Schultz, both as a party leader and as a member of Congress. From setting a debate schedule that minimized candidate exposure to blaming Hillary Clinton’s lack of support from young women on their “complacency” to going to bat for the payday lending industry, it’s been getting harder and harder for Democrats to say she’s been doing a good job as the leader of our party with a straight face. Having her running the proceedings in Philadelphia this summer would surely be met with at least some disapproval.
From the Hill:
“There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on,” said one pro-Clinton Democratic senator.
The lawmaker said senators huddled on the chamber floor last week to talk about Wasserman Schultz’s future and estimated that about a dozen have weighed in during private conversations.
“I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts,” said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.
Wasserman Schultz has already indicated that she will be out as DNC chair by the time the next presidential cycle rolls around. It seems that the politics surrounding her role as chair could accelerate that process.