The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Atlantic magazine has the article The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

… her tenure was rocky long before that—in fact, within a month of her being named in 2011 to finish the term of Tim Kaine, who had just been elected to the Senate, Democrats were starting to grumble about her. When her term ended after Obama’s reelection, there was more sniping about her leadership, and Obama’s advisors urged him to bring in someone new, but Wasserman Schultz made it clear she wouldn’t go without a fight, according to reports at the time and my sources inside the DNC. And so the White House chose the path of least resistance and kept her in.

At the time this happened, I remember being rather disgusted that Obama allowed her to continue. It was already clear that she had a lot to do with Democratic losses. She was more interested in funneling money to her network of select campaign ill-advisors than she was interested in winning political office for other Democrats. Perhaps she was actually working to get these other Democrats to lose.

After writing the above remark, I came across another important item.  I don’t want to push fair use too far, but I have to include this excerpt.

The larger issue, many Democrats told me, was the White House’s lack of concern with the health of the party, which allowed the DNC to atrophy. “There’s a lot of soul-searching and reckoning to be done going forward about the role of the party,” Smith said. Obama won the nomination by running against the party establishment, and once he got into office converted his campaign into a new organization, Organizing for America. It was technically a part of the DNC, but in reality served as a rival to it that redirected the party’s organizing functions, effectively gutting its field operation. The weakened DNC bears some of the responsibility for the epic down-ballot losses—in Congress, state offices, and legislatures—that have occurred during Obama’s presidency.

Why, oh why did the people in the know keep pretending that she was doing a good job?  This is typical of private industry, too.  People are afraid of getting sued if they say anything bad about a person’s performance.  This makes people only too glad to help someone find a new job to get them out of their current position.  Whoever is inquiring about hiring this hated person gets glowing reviews from his or her references who are so anxious to get rid of the person.

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