Poor Debbie. The Florida Congresswoman and former Democrat National Committee Chair has had a very bad year, what with her own party booting her out of leadership following a series of leaks about the DNC’s sleazy inner workings, and most recently a former IT aide entangling her in a scandal that involves not only corruption but terrorism.
Now, Politico reports, Wasserman Schultz can’t even count on fellow lefties, including ones in her home state, for moral support:
Wasserman Schultz broke her public silence on Awan last week, portraying herself as the victim of “right wing media” attacks rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry aimed at Awan and the IT group.
But fellow Democrats are as confounded and disbelieving as ever by her penchant for making puzzling and stubborn political missteps.
“We wish she would go away and stop being so public by doubling down on negative stories,” said Nikki Barnes, a progressive DNC member from Florida, who believes Wasserman Schultz left the national party “in shambles” while chair, culminating with the hack of DNC servers and the release of embarrassing internal emails by WikiLeaks in the 2016 campaign. As for Wasserman Schultz’s defense, Barnes said “none of this makes sense. It doesn’t sound like racial profiling … there must have been something for her” […]
Though admired by Democrats for her fierce advocacy of progressive causes, she nevertheless turned natural allies to enemies at the DNC, in the Obama White House and even in Florida, where she picked an explosive fight with top Democratic donor and trial lawyer John Morgan after she trashed his popular medical-marijuana initiative, seemingly without cause.
“In politics, you’re as strong as your friends. And she doesn’t have as many as she used to. And that’s her fault,” Morgan said.
Morgan and those who have known and observed Wasserman Schultz for decades say her demeanor began to change when she was DNC chair; power went to her head, they say, and mounting criticism then made her paranoid.
None of this should surprise anyone. Wasserman Schultz has all the normal left-wing “virtues” — arrogance, entitlement, unaccountability, lack of guiding moral principles — that are a recipe for disaster. Most Democrats share all of the above, of course, but are more than willing to turn on each other as soon as those qualities ruin things for the rest of the party.
Wasserman Schultz was particularly vulnerable to being abandoned by her allies, given that she’s always displayed a degree of — not to put too fine a point on it — dim-wittedness, tone-deafness, and poor communication skills, even by Democrat standards.
Poor Debbie. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.