DEBBIE KNOWS TOO MUCH TO SIMPLY DISCARD: Clinton hiring DWS: ‘Thank you’ or damage control?
Shortly after Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigned from the Democratic National Committee, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton named the Florida congresswoman to her campaign team.
Wasserman Schultz will serve as the “honorary chair” of Clinton’s campaign, a move the candidate announced in a short letter to supporters.
“I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid — because as president, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people,” Clinton wrote.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been stalking and booing Wasserman Schultz at all of her appearances at events surrounding the Democratic National Convention today. So Clinton’s decision to immediately bring her into her campaign looks a bit tone-deaf. In fact, it looks like a slobbery wet kiss and “thank you” for Wasserman Schultz’s role in rigging the primary process for Clinton. Especially since she named Wasserman Schultz to her campaign so quickly.
But is it a “thank you”? The initial optics look that way, but what if this was done to keep Wasserman Schultz from going ballistic?
Back in 2013, President Obama and other Democrats were quietly grumbling about Wasserman Schultz and wanted her out as chair of the DNC. When Wasserman Schultz “sensed” there would be a push to have her ousted, she prepared to call the leader of her party, Obama, anti-Semitic and anti-woman. That would be a heavy accusation coming from a Democratic Jewish woman against her own party (and a president whom Democrats adore), especially since her 2012 messaging was so heavy with accusations that Republicans were waging a “war on women.”
Perhaps Clinton and other Democratic officials wanted to blunt any outrage from Wasserman Schultz after she was actually forced to resign. If Wasserman Schultz was prepared to accuse the president of the United States and leader of her own party of anti-Semitism and being anti-woman out of anger — undoing all the work Democrats have done building themselves as the pro-woman and non-bigoted party — what would she have done had she not been granted a Clinton olive branch?