Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Must Resign Now

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
For Democrats across the country, it's supposed to be a time of celebration of our party's candidates, values and vision as we head into the Democratic National Convention this week.

Instead, we head into Philadelphia on defense and combating a number of problems brought on by inept, corrupt and unethical leadership by those in charge of the Democratic National Committee.

Never in my life have both major political parties been led at the national level by such poor leaders as Reince Priebus and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  I can handle Priebus because he's not our problem as Democrats.  DWS is our problem, and she should have stepped down months ago.

In 2008, Howard Dean set the standard for what a national party head should be, in my opinion.  Dean managed to successfully navigate the minefield between two big dog candidates in Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  Then, in the end, he helped mend the fences and gave the Obama campaign all the backing and support it needed to wipe the floor with John McCain.

In 2012, Debbie Wasserman Schultz had an easier task.  She needed to simply reelect a President.  The nominee was clear from the start, and she successfully provided the necessary support to get that done.

Somewhere after that point, things began to unravel.  It has degenerated to the point that hackers were able to hack the DNC's email servers and pass along that information to Wikileaks.  That information is now being used to torpedo Hillary Clinton's chances and elect Donald Trump.  Wasserman Schultz's leadership has allowed all of this to happen.

That is only part of the problem.  The contents of these emails is simply shocking to me.  It's clear that the DNC did not play the part of fair arbiter trying to find the best nominee for the party.  Instead, they favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

The race to the bottom was swift even going to the low of questioning Sanders's faith.  These sorts of tactics are not in bounds for any campaign to select a party's nominee.

First of all, in 2016, it should not matter what someone's faith is or is not.  We should be able to support, as a party, candidates from any faith background all he way across the spectrum to atheist.  We are the Democratic Party, and the fact that our shared values differ from he Republicans on this particular issue is one of the many reasons why I am a Democrat.  When the DNC gets personal like this, it should make all Democrats sick and mad.

I believe that the DNC could have played this all right down the middle and Hillary Clinton would have come out the other end of this process as the nominee.  Because of the clear behind-the-scenes machinations by the leadership of the DNC and its chairwoman, the Clinton campaign is now having to answer questions it never should have been forced to answer.  It's an unforced error by the Democrats that could help the RNC elect the most dangerous man ever to be nominated by a major party.

Bernie Sanders should get whatever he wants now from the Democrats.  I've heard him in interviews, and, instead of being bitter, Sanders sounds energized and committed to electing Hillary Clinton President of the United States.  With that said, it's time to flush the DNC out at the leadership level and allow Senator Sanders and his fresh perspective to lead the party.  That's different from the way we Democrats have done business in the past, but I think the ineptitude of Wasserman Schultz's leadership has led us to this point.  Thankfully, we won't hear her speak at the convention.

Usually Hillary Clinton would get to pick the next Chair of the party, and I have some thoughts about who might make a great successor, but, with everything that's happened, I think it should be Senator Sanders selecting the next Chair.  Yes, I understand that he's a "new Democrat" and perhaps a risky choice, but I think that a strong signal needs to be sent that this is the way Democrats do business.  When we see injustice, we do everything we can to make it right.

As for me, I'd love to see someone like Donna Brazile be named the next Chair of the party.  I think she has a good head on her shoulders, has class and common sense and is tough-as-nails.  Though she has ties to Clinton, I think she is impartial enough to know that we have to do business differently as a party going forward.

The reforms need to start immediately.  The house should be cleaned from top to bottom at the leadership level, and it's time to get to rebuilding our party's process of nomination.

First thing's first...Debbie Wasserman Schultz must resign immediately.  Then, the DNC needs to issue a full and complete apology for the treatment of Senator Sanders and for the way its leadership has conducted itself in this process.

Let's mend fences and move forward united.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe now Wasserman Schulz will have time to use one of those blow dry stylers that straightens hair. It's time to purge her inner Shirley Temple.