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Democrats Consider Removing Debbie Wasserman Schulz As DNC Chair

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Democrats Consider Removing Debbie Wasserman Schulz As DNC Chair

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, House Representative from Florida, Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Congressional Democrats are considering removing Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee in an effort to placate liberal Democrats and supporters of Bernie Sanders at the party’s convention this July.

“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 a pro-Clinton Democratic senator to The Hill. “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.”

While such a candid statement may have been unthinkable a few months ago, the Sanders campaign’s has repeatedly targeted of the DNC chair, accusing Wasserman Schultz of favoring Hillary Clinton throughout the primary season.

“Someone else could play a more positive role,” said campaign manager Jeff Weaver said on CNN in response to a question about whether she should leave her post. “I’m trying to be diplomatic.”

Following Wasserman Schultz’s statements about the commotion that took place during the Nevada Democratic convention, in which she condemned Sanders for not forcefully coming out against the disruptions over the course of that event, Jeff Merkley, the sole senator to endorse Sanders thus far, said she was adding fuel to the fire.

“It’s very important for her to adopt a role of pouring oil on troubled waters. She did the opposite last week when she poured gasoline on the events that occurred in Nevada,” said Merkley.

The murmurs come following months of animosity between Wasserman Schultz and the Sanders campaign, which go as far back as last year, when the Vermont senator accused her of scheduling too few debates at times that no one would be able to watch them. Back then however, the Democratic establishment didn’t think the disagreements between the two would lead to the level of animosity that has boiled over in the past month — they also didn’t think Sanders would still be in the race in May.

Back in December, Weaver struck a different tone. “Individual members of the DNC can support Hillary Clinton in any way they want,” he said, “but they are not going to sabotage our campaign.”

Weaver’s call recently for Wasserman Schultz removal, a message that Sanders undoubtedly supports, marked the apotheosis of a brewing fight between the liberal and centrist wings of the Democratic Party.

Nevertheless, the such talk appears preliminary. The Hill reported that numerous congressional Democrats discounted any notions that Wasserman Schultz was going to step down before the July convention.

“We don’t need to be making a change in chairs right now as we’re coming to the conclusion of this. I strongly believe that,” said Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who has been floated as a running mate for Clinton.

“That’s not going to happen. I certainly wouldn’t let it happen,” said Bill Nelson, a Democratic senator from Florida, Wasserman’s Schultz’s home state.

Even Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats, said in an emailed statement, “DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz enjoys the support of members of the House Democratic Caucus for her leadership in unifying the party and winning in November.”

Still, just months ago, nobody was even floating the idea that Wasserman Schultz could be replaced before the convention. While there would still be a long road ahead before any removal proceedings begin for the DNC chairwoman, the fact that “secret” discussions are already bubbling up to the press about removing her as a way of placating Sanders’ supporters is certainly a new development.

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  1. Siegfried Heydrich May 25, 2016

    DWS has been an absolutely disastrous DNC chair and an utterly useless member of the House. Her ‘best by’ date has long expired. I hold her mostly responsible for the anemic, weak kneed, lackluster campaign in ’14 that cost us the Senate. And I am VERY much opposed to having a representative of the Likud party in OUR Congress. She’s one of the leading Israel-firsters, and I have a REAL problem with her placing Israel’s interests ahead of America’s. Time for her to go. Not only from the DNC, but from Congress as well. Let her make her living as one of Bibi’s lobbyists.

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  2. RJOwens May 26, 2016

    The sooner she is gone the better. It’s people like her that drove me to leave the Democratic Party

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  3. A_Real_Einstein May 26, 2016

    DWS was Hillary’s chief campaign advisor in 2008. The DNC is supposed to be impartial and responsible for overseeing the primary process. She should stepped down the day Hillary announced her candidacy. Just another example of how rigged this has been and the utter arrogance of the democratic establishment. DWS has her done her job and has pretty much delivered the nomination to Hillary. Congratulations DWS you have earned your money and I am sure a great role in the future Clinton administration. The democrat establishment continues to insult our intelligence and has selected this turkey to be our nominee in the fall. May god be with us.

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    1. CrankyToo May 26, 2016

      Yes. The Democrat Party has once again shown itself to be as corrupt as the Republican Party. The only distinction between the two is that the Democrats are also inept, and lacking in the courage of their convictions.

      The very idea that the result of a presidential contest between ANY Democrat and Donald Trump could be in doubt at this stage of the game absolutely staggers the imagination.

      Q: How could a reprehensible, degenerate, turd of a man like Trump ever succeed to the Oval Office?

      A: The Democrats would have to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Of course, they’re wont to do that, aren’t they?

      Wake up Democrats! The hour of our demise is nigh at hand and only you can save the Republic.

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  4. Dominick Vila May 26, 2016

    DWS is a disappointment, but I think it would be a huge mistake to replace her at this late stage of the campaign. The goal, at this point, should be party unity and projecting an image of solidarity, not infighting or recrimination. The GOP understands that political strategy a lot better than we do, and are obediently rallying behind a man who is neither a conservative nor a true Republican.

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    1. A_Real_Einstein May 26, 2016

      I don’t think you have to worry about DWS being removed. That would look to much like an admission from HRC that the primary process may not have been completely on the up and up. It appears the strategy moving forward is for Hillary to track hard back to the right after she is nominated and attempt to pick off as many moderate Republicans as possible. She will re rebrand herself as a moderate and will take the opportunity to remind us again that her political beliefs are rooted in conservatism. Based on her recent behavior it is doubtful that Hillary will do not much concede anything to the Bernie faithful. She has calculated that she cannot or has no desire to unite the party. Perhaps she will chose Liz as her running mate. After reading the IG report yesterday I am afraid the FBI investigation results are not going to be pretty for HRC. However I would not be surprised if they nominate her anyway. Under no circumstances will Bernie be the nominee. Hope you are well, Dom.

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      1. Dominick Vila May 26, 2016

        I doubt Hillary will move farther to the right than she already is. Her problem is not to attract “moderate” Republicans, but to find a way to gain the support of Bernie’s supporters, and end the defection of blue collar Democrats and women.

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        1. A_Real_Einstein May 26, 2016

          Hmm

          It appears she has already started to change her tune on TPP. Rumors have it that they are actively courting the Bush bundlers. What evidence do you see that will go after the 20% of the Berners who are saying they will not vote for her.

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          1. Dominick Vila May 26, 2016

            I don’t have any evidence to say that she is likely to focus on the need to attract Bernie’s supporters, other than simple logic. We are not going to win in November if we are divided. I have serious doubts about the claims that most women oppose Trump. Our polls have proven to be inaccurate in the past, and I would not be surprised if they are again. Take a close look at the number of women attending Trump rallies, the many women that appear on TV supporting him and his policies.
            I think what so many people find appealing in Trump, and Bernie, is that they see Hillary as a continuance of a status quo that they believe has failed them. She has to come up with a vision that changes that perspective, and the best way to do it is to focus on issues such as raising the minimum wage, tuition free college and trade schools, retraining, investment in infrastructure and alternative energy sources, and other popular themes. She is not going to get anywhere talking about The Donald’s womanizing or using the gender card.

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          2. A_Real_Einstein May 26, 2016

            I totally agree and I am sure the GOP will completely rally behind Trump especially after Ryan endorses him. I am just not seeing any evidence that she has either the skill set or desire to unite the party. I hope I am wrong.

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  5. Bruce Ackman May 26, 2016

    Replace her with Joe Lieberman! At least he could help keep the anti-Israel positions to a minimum and help make Jews feel welcome in the party again.

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  6. Grandma811 May 26, 2016

    I just want to remind everyone that DWS is chairman of the DEMOCRATIC National Committee, and Bernie Sanders is, admittedly, NOT a democrat. He’s running under their umbrella for HIS convenience and is contributing very little to down-ticket candidates. He would need an extraordinary amount of support from both houses of Congress to accomplish ANY of the items on his agenda, and to date he has received an endorsement from only ONE sitting Senator. So we’d be left with another President who would be unable to get any of his big dreams fulfilled by another recalcitrant Congress.

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