Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out as Democratic National Committee Chair. In the end, the hacked DNC emails did her in now rather than later.
Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt fall from grace came as a bitter, ironic twist for the once-powerful chairwoman who just last week gleefully needled her Republican counterpart when the GOP convention erupted in chaos.
“I’m in Cleveland if you need another chair to help keep your convention in order,” Wasserman Schultz tweeted to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
But Wasserman Schultz became fatally damaged goods in her own party after WikiLeaks released a trove of internal DNC emails, including correspondence in which Wasserman Schultz referred to Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver as a “damn liar” and an “ASS” and said the senator has “never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.”
The emails fed the criticism from progressives and Sanders’ supporters that Wasserman Schultz and her team were hostile to his campaign and had done their best to help Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination. Before the tussle with Sanders, Wasserman Schultz clashed with fellow Democrats in congress, the White House and even a top party donor in Florida, John Morgan.
“This is so humiliating,” said Morgan, who became a Wasserman Schultz foe after she trashed his Florida ballot initiative to legalize medical-marijuana.
Before Wasserman Schultz resigned, Morgan predicted she was finished as party chair. He and others thought she wouldn’t even speak at the convention because would be booed off stage.
Donna Brazile is considered the odds-on favorite to replace her.
This was the right outcome, and the fact that it came now rather than later might help avoid conflict this week (conflict that I will of course cover in excruciating detail as your faithful convention correspondent).
Not that it gets any easier for DWS: she faces a primary challenge for the first time in her career and there’s a LOT of people rooting for Tim Canova, even if they don’t know who he is. I’d be neither shocked nor chagrined if she lost – she’s a bad Democrat in addition to all of her missteps at the DNC.