While I’m not a fan of all Democrats, I am a Democrat who knows the party is flawed while realizing that the issues it has are best fixed from within. And, believe me, there are a lot of issues I’d like to fix within the party. Starting with getting rid of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
She’s been absolutely awful as DNC Chair.
I don’t know what kind of representative she is, but I do know she’s been a disaster as the de facto leader of the Democratic party.
Since she’s taken over, Democrats have been constantly crushed by Republicans all over the country. In 2014, the party was eviscerated at all levels of government during a midterm election where the party leadership apparently thought it would be a good idea to distance themselves from President Obama. Because nothing says “support our party” quite like a bunch of spineless cowards running away from a president in the midst of a historic streak of private sector job growth, with stock prices hitting record highs and the uninsured rate plummeting thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
That year, Republicans were running on the pretense that President Obama had been a failure and the Democratic party’s response was essentially, “We disagree – but now watch us distance ourselves from the most popular person in our party.” It was maddening watching all of this play out knowing how absurd this “strategy” was.
Even after those elections, some Republicans thanked Democrats for keeping Obama “on the sidelines.”
Well, things haven’t improved since then.
The 2016 presidential primary has put on full display how piss-poor a leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz is. Not only has her incompetence fed into some of the division between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but it’s added to the anger and angst some Sanders supporters have had toward the party as a whole.
When it came to scheduling presidential debates, she came off looking like a fool trying to defend why, initially, Democrats only had a handful of these events scheduled. When Bernie Sanders’ campaign was caught unethically accessing confidential Clinton campaign data, she instantly blocked his campaign from having access to crucial voting data without thinking through the ramifications of such actions. Even going beyond that, Sanders’ campaign had apparently alerted the party to security flaws in the DNC’s system – and she apparently did nothing to address them.
Her leadership has been an absolute disaster for Democrats.
During her tenure, the party has lacked a message, a vision and has been outmaneuvered by the GOP at nearly every step.
Even as a Democrat, I have no idea what the party’s “path” or “vision” is right now. I’m not even sure if they have one. What was once a party that took the fight to Republicans has seemingly been reduced to one that almost just hopes Republicans screw themselves enough so that they can score a few wins.
What Democrats need is leader with a backbone who we can all be proud of. Someone who addresses the concerns of Democrats on the far-left as well as those in the middle. Someone who can take the reigns of this party and push it forward with a clear vision and path toward success of our ideologies. Someone who can bring people together and inspire them.
That’s not what we have now.
What Democrats have now is a weak, floundering “leader” in Debbie Wasserman Schultz who, in my opinion, has been an embarrassment and a disgrace to the Democratic party as chair of the DNC.