I can’t imagine the work that goes into being one of the chairs of America’s two major political parties.
Sure, the chair of the national Green Party would love to have their problems, but those problems are myriad. And many are self made.
Aside from the Democrats’ Howard Deane and Tim Kaine, I can’t think of a politician who has held the spot during my adult years whom I’ve ever come close to respecting.
On the Republican side, the list of stuffy ne’er-do-wells run from Jim Gilmore, who wasn’t enough of a lackey for President Bush that he had to be replaced by Marc Racicot. He was so much of a lackey that he joined the president’s campaign team and was replaced by Ed Gillespie, who seemed somewhat competent, but ended up working for the least competent presidency of the last 75 years. He was replaced by the duo of Mel Martinez and Mike Duncan. But Martinez had too many Librul positions to be effective and Duncan might not be able to tie his own shoes.
Then there was poor Michael Steele, who seemed likeable enough. But he was in power when the tea party came to power, so he gets a lot of the blame for the cluster that we now see in Washington.
He’s been replaced by Reince Priebus, who sounds like a “Star Wars” character that hung out in a Mos Eisley cantina.
Which brings us to how we got to the Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Ed Rendell saved Philly, but couldn’t save Al Gore in 2000 and went on to become a terribly corrupt governor in Pennsylvania. He was followed by the young, and forgettable, Clinton lackey Joe Andrew. Another Clintonite followed in the form of Terry McAuliffe, who couldn’t decide whether to use a spoon or a fork to eat his soup without having a Clinton tell him what to do. It has always amazed me that the Clinton administration provided some valuable public minds, from Robert Reich to even George Stephanopoulus. Yet McAuliffe ended up as DNC chair.
Howard Dean came next. God bless him, Dean the Scream is not an empty suit. He’s got ideas. And he basically resurrected the party. He should have been crowned chair for life. But he gave interviews, and they didn’t always go well.
He was followed up by Kaine, a nice man and a good politician, but not the greatest chair.
After the 2010 midterm elections, a new chair was clearly needed.
The democrats chose DSW, who might be the most incompetent political hack of my lifetime who gained a prominent national role.
Wasserman Schultz reminds me of my son when he was 18 months old. If you couldn’t find an outlet in a room, all you had to do was bring the boy in and plop him down. He’d find the outlet in a heartbeat. He had a nose for them, much to his parents’ never-ending fears.
If you don’t think there’s a democratic scandal to be found, plop Wasserman Schultz into the situation and that scandal will be there.
I really don’t know who is — between DSW and Priebus — the worst chair.
Priebus isn’t in an easy spot, and that’s not of his making. Thanks to Citizens’ United, he essentially has no control over the Republican Presidential primary. The party – and the country – would be far better served with a robust, but substantive, debate on the issues it cares about. It would be better if only adults were led into the room. You’d have a primary with Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and, maybe, Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie. But thanks to CU, any politician with a pimp donor can stick in the race forever. So he’s had to deal with Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and the rest. It’s hard to fathom how terrible that last list of names are for the GOP and the country.
Then there’s Trump. It’s like having a 10-year-olds birthday party and having to let a bunch of toddlers in the room as well. Then someone drops off a cougar and leaves only one adult in the room to guide the kids to safety.
But he’s also not doing anything of note to make things better for his party or the country.
Then there is Wasserman Schultz and her weekly dust-ups, the most recent of which is wonderfully cataloged here.
Here’s the rundown, after limiting the number of debates, and reacting like a petulant child every time someone questions her, the walls are tumbling.
There are five vice chairs for the Democratic National Committee. She’s clearly alienated one when she banished her from the party’s first debate. Now a second one is speaking on record.
I asked Rybak if he was calling for Wasserman Schultz to resign.
“I’m coming really close,” he replied. “I’m not quite doing that yet, but unless I see some significant shift in the way she’s going to operate and see that she has some ability to reach out and include people who disagree with her, then I seriously question whether she’s the right person to lead us.”
That was not some not-for-attribution-quote. That was a shot across the bow.