Debbie Wasserman Schultz could be out as DNC chair before the convention

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:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, via Wikimedia Commons

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, via Wikimedia Commons

“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.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • Party Clown

    You can’t look up accomplishments when none exist.

  • Josh Gray

    I hope they replace her but it won’t win my vote either way

  • viskarenvisla

    Well he did start a revolution in the Democratic party and is the first Jewish person to get this far in a presidential debate. He’s also managed to be in Congress for a long time not have any dirt on him.

  • Mulligan81

    Thanks for correcting the record.

  • intheend

    That’s not exactly true. She’s sold fracking around the world and she’s helped start a couple of wars.

  • viskarenvisla

    They’ll try and replace her with someone worse who isn’t a complete PR wreck. Don’t let this fool you into thinking the DNC wants to clean up their act.

  • Thisstuffmakesmecrazy

    What has Ted Cruz done? Nothing whatsoever. What has Drumpf done besides make fascism fashionable? He can’t run a country like he runs a business. “You’re fired,” while a very catchy phrase for a reality show, doesn’t work in government.

    What do you think a Secretary of State should do, anyway? You’re just another run of the mill right wing hack.

  • elyhim

    You haven’t bothered to look up his accomplishments huh. SMH from uninformed voters.

  • Clown Party

    >What has Hillary accomplished as Secretary of State?

    While not a fan of HIllary, one might ask the same question regarding Bernie. All those years in congress, and what has he actually accomplished, aside from his smug rhetoric?

    Naming a couple post offices?

  • Lance Owens

    If he has lost support how does he still have literally 10’s of THOUSANDS showing up at rallies?

  • HandsomeMrToad

    The comedian Tom Lehrer said: political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Don Chandler

    Nice post. Bernie says what I want to hear and apparently, I lot of folks want to hear. I think he is an honest fellow and highly intelligent. He doesn’t miss a beat. He seems to have won a lot of us ‘nobodies”. And trust me, we don’t like those precious superdelegates much.

    Early on, it seemed that he was helping Hillary by creating an interesting politcal dichotomy. But Bernie tapped into the anti-establishment sentiment among both democrats and republicans. Not easy. Eventually he started a substantial winning streak in the primaries. I think the guy is honest and consistent and electing him would send a clear message to Washington. Electing Hillary will say things are fine…when the are not fine, especially for lower middle class folk.

    Nostalgia:

    Henry Kissinger was a secretary of state. He was dangerous and influential. I don’t need to tell you what he did and didn’t do. For me, Hillary was a wallflower. I don’t blame her for the Benghazi tragedy at all. Fog of War. Unfortunately, she has been a huge target of relentless and unfair attack. I don’t blame her there either–I blame the vast conspiracy on the right;) She has been swift-boated as many times as her husband and Kerry together. Maybe that is why she is so cautious in her rhetoric. It’s probably true that Secretaries of State shouldn’t be loose cannons. I remember Alexander Haig and the “i’m in control” comment after Reagan was shot. Also remember the submissive Colin Powell in the run up to the Iraq war II–he hated lying for his bosses and couldn’t hide the fact. What others do I remember…Shultz under Reagan? Well, really, Kissinger was the most memorable. You score some points there. I guess Cyrus Vance should be president ;)

  • HandsomeMrToad

    No, Bernie is not trying to win the nomination. He is way too smart and experienced to believe that would be possible.

    Here’s what I think Bernie is doing: he’s helping Hillary by making the primary interesting. It’s bad for a candidate to coast through the primary to the nomination. A good primary fight makes the ultimate nominee stronger in the general, provided the primary fight is not TOO bruising.

  • Zorba

    So did I. I want her out- not just out as DNC Chair, but out of Congress altogether.

  • 2karmanot

    “not because he felt actual affinity for or loyalty toward the party itself.” Well, he has caucused with the party for years and to me that assumes an actual affinity for policies. Also, he is not alone in association with the Party’s basic platform while disgusted with its neo-con, neo-liberal
    center right alignment.

  • TheNeedle

    Whoa. “STFU Bernie Bros, you lost, so suck it” turns out to not be a compelling message? Who knew?

  • Bill_Perdue

    Good news. “A new Economist/YouGov poll finds 50% of Bernie Sanders voters are not yet ready to support Hillary Clinton in a Clinton-Trump general election match up.

    “In fact, the percentage of Sanders supporters willing to vote for Clinton has dropped in the last few weeks. At the end of April, 63% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton. Importantly, however, these supporters are not going directly to Trump; instead they are moving into the undecided category, going for a third candidate, or opting out of the race altogether.” https://today.yougov.com/news/2016/05/25/clinton-expands-her-primary-lead-sanders-supporter/

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  • somesfguy

    This would carry more weight if the DNC and Obama did not spend this election cycle, as well as the last one, trying to oust incumbent Mike Honda in California.

  • TheNeedle

    Amen.

  • Don Chandler

    “staying in the race for a few more weeks…”

    Bernie is trying to win the nomination, not stay in for a few more weeks. Right now, Hillary is being chastised by the very state department she has headed. You are pretty savvy. What has Hillary accomplished as Secretary of State? The right answer is not much. Without addressing any fox news talking points, Hillary has done squat.

  • 2karmanot

    Exactly so

  • Blogvader

    *slow clap*

    I donated to her opponent.

  • angryspittle

    Just how in the hell did she get the damn job after supporting Cubano-Republican candidates over her own party’s candidates in Florida? She must have a picture of Obama fucking a goat or something.

  • Oh, that’s the link you want to go with after all the sexist and misogynist crap that has come out at Bernie’s events(to his credit not from him but still from the podium), your facts are crap.

  • I’ll be glad to see Wasserman-Schultz gone because I think she’s been an appallingly awful DNC chair. Normally that happens after the election though, and acceding to a demand to remove her makes the party look weak.

    That said though, it was really bad form for Sanders to endorse her primary challenger, because normally when you belong to a party, you don’t try to kick out incumbents. But then it’s been becoming clearer over time that Senator Sanders joined the party for roughly the same reason Trump joined the GOP: Because that was the nomination he thought he could win, not because he felt actual affinity for or loyalty toward the party itself.

  • pyrophilia

    That’s odd because Hillary’s supporters are far more aggressive. I’ve been told by some I should shut up because they’ve been democrats since I wasn’t even sperm in my father’s ball sack and have basically spat all over me questionin the “Wisdom” of their Support for Third way when a majority of americans for instance supports Expanding Social Security and making it STRONGER like Elizabeth Warren has endorsed rather than WEAKER.

    https://m.reddit.com/r/SandersForPresident/comments/4i35ln/survey_shows_clinton_supporters_are_more/d2uv9qo

    people are turned off by sanders supporters being rabid?

    Hillary’s are far more rabid.

    https://pivotamerica.com/ironically-jane-sanders-attacked-hillary-supporters-manner-sexist-comments/

    those who think that it’s bern’s people and feel that we’re the more aggressive ones are

    …here’s a word.

    Delusional. Their perspective is invalid. As are their feelings. The facts refute their feelings.

  • 2karmanot

    Whaaaaat? JMG is a rabid cesspool of Bernie haters.Truly, an appalling troll swarm of vicious, immature and slandering crackpots. I would invite any of the saner folks to visit there. Take a raincoat and boots…it’s toxic.

  • Yup. John Aravosis is a HUGE HillBot now.

  • I don’t know what websites you go to but the berner side has been far the more vocal of the two here and on JMG to the point of turning off many people, maybe its just their desperation.

  • Yes, And I’m one of the one who voted for Sanders in the florida primary and has since come to regret it.

  • Making me blush over here. Thanks!

  • TheNeedle

    “they expect you to go back to not voting just like so many berniebros.”

    See?

  • TheNeedle

    “They’re using the term “Sanders supporters””

    They make no distinction. All you have to do is look around what used to be the liberal blogosphere to find example after example of the absolute contempt and disdain Clinton supporters have for Sanders and his supporters, particularly the younger ones.

    And yet, they’re demanding instead of trying to win their votes. Well, they may scare a few by invoking the boogieman Trump, but it may very well not be enough.

  • TheNeedle

    Which part? That the Clinton people loathe Sanders and his supporters? That some have said Hillary should have Bernie arrested? You can look it up.

  • 2karmanot

    Hum… I could have said the same thing about vicious Hillary bots.

  • 2karmanot

    Thank you! xxxxxoooo

  • Nigel

    I do not believe your comment is true.

  • Phil in FLL, while we appreciate the fact that, at our request quite awhile ago, you no longer get into the back-and-forth direct arguing with Bill Perdue, you would do well to get over your obsession with his comments and mentioning him in so many of your own comments.
    It’s getting tiresome.
    You can, and should, make your opinions known without the constant references to what he has said. Your comments can stand on their own without those references.

  • Phil in FLL

    Here is an excellent indication that Wasserman Schultz should go. The Tea Party Express, the largest Tea Party PAC in the country, has joined Karl Rove in endorsing Wasserman Schultz for her reelection to the House because, as they put it, “conservatives and the Tea Party have thrived during her tenure as DNC Chairman” (link here). Here is their full quote:

    Wasserman Schultz is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by a liberal extremist Tim Canova, who has been endorsed by Democrat/Socialist Bernie Sanders.

    “While both Wasserman Schultz and Canova share extreme liberal views that are damaging to American prosperity, the scales tip for us to endorse Wasserman Schultz because conservatives and the Tea Party have thrived during her tenure as DNC Chairman,” said Tea Party Express Executive Director, Taylor Budowich.

    After Wasserman Schultz is gone, the only really bad party chair will be Reince Prebus, who will be unable to contain the fracturing of the Republican Party. Now read Bill Perdue’s comment below and let him know that Republican infighting is fun. ;)

  • It’s from the Hill, but in anycase they expect you to go back to not voting just like so many berniebros.

  • But they’re not using that term. They’re using the term “Sanders supporters”. So every one is painted with that brush. And they expect me to vote for them in November? Ha!

  • No, they loathe the bernie-bros. Many Sanders supporters believe things need to change and like most of the plans he put forth at the start of this, however the rabid way many of his followers and some with in his campaign how gone about things has lost him support from people who have in some cases already voted for in in primaries.

  • TheNeedle

    ““I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts,”

    Since when do they care? If there’s one thing this election has made clear, it’s that they absolutely loathe Sanders and everyone who supported him. I’ve seen Clinton supporters writing over at Washington Monthly that Hillary should have Bernie arrested if he even shows up at the convention. And yet they demand the votes of the people they openly despise. Good luck with that.

  • Demosthenes

    Cong. Wasserman Schultz is even more incompetent than obvious anagram Reince Prebus. Good riddance to her.

  • 2karmanot

    Jon, it’s so good that you are these threads. As always, your posts are well written, provocative in the best way, informed, and rational. Even if you wrote a pro Hillary post I would read it, because I know it would raise the level of discourse far above troll sewer that is roiling these days with the Hillbots churning of anti-Sanders invective. Good job, well done. As for Wassermann-Schultz…. what a disaster. Any attempt at reform should see her removed and investigated….

  • Phil in FLL

    The Republican primaries have been, by all accounts, even more contentious than the Democratic primaries. Bill Perdue has posted comments that includes the phrase “Infighting is fun” countless times in the context of Democrats disagreeing with each other. Please try to recount even one instance when Bill Perdue has said that infighting is fun in the context of Republicans disagreeing with each other.

    Just one instance. Take as much time as you need… or make whichever conclusions you want.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Sacrificed on the altar of Her Royal Highness, the Dixiecrat Empress Presumptive.

    Infighting is fun.

  • She needs to go.

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