Debbie Wasserman-Schultz sucks.
She is the living embodiment of why Bernie Sanders supporters are threatening to boycott the Democratic Party this fall if he’s not the nominee. While I can’t defend that line of thinking because the Republicans are so crazy keeping them out of the White House — and away from a monopoly on all three branches of government — is so very important, I can sympathize with my fellow Sanders supporters who want Wasserman Schultz punted as far away from them as possible.
There is no better example of the faults of modern Democrats than Ms. Wasserman Schultz. She’s been unabashedly in the tank for Hillary Clinton, to the point of directing the DNC to schedule debates between Clinton and Sanders at times when the ratings would be almost guaranteed to be atrocious. All of this in an effort to ensure the establishment — of which she is undoubtedly a chief member of — get their candidate nominated. It’s slimy, sleazy politics and she doesn’t even hide the fact that superdelegates are just a tool for the power class to exert their leverage on the plebs.
As reported by Salon, this was her explanation of superdelegates to CNN’s Jake Tapper:
“Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,” Wasserman Schultz calmly explained. (source)
I don’t know how you get much more pathetic than that; being someone in charge of a party that’s supposed to represent millions of average Americans while openly and brazenly telling them their votes really won’t matter if she doesn’t want them to. But you know, this is just “politics as usual,” right? I mean, we could get pissed about this, but hey, Bernie knew what he was signing up for, right? Who cares that the system is literally rigged against you, at least you know Debbie’s a true-blue liberal who at the very least agrees with mainstream progressive thoughts about protecting the little people from abuse by the rich and well-connected right?
Wasserman Schultz, according to The Huffington Post has decided to play the part of the bought and paid for corporate whore to a tee, and she’s joining Republicans in attacking an agency set up purely to protect consumers from corporate abuse. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created with the intent of putting liberal champion Senator Liz Warren in charge of it, and setting her upon people like payday loan sharks whose business models proudly prey on the financially disadvantaged. The CFPB was a crowning achievement for the Obama Administration’s effort to recover from the Great Recession, and even though corporate lobbyist pressure forced Warren out of the agency, their efforts put her in the Senate, and least Democrats like Debbie would be there to protect the agency and keep its regulatory powers strong.
Or, you know, un-that.
Debbie has legislation she wants to introduce that will gut the power the CFPB has to take predatory lenders to court. Because you know, that sounds like what someone who represents a party that claims to not be bought off by Corporate America does, right? Way to stand up for the little people, Deborah.
Elected officials like Debbie Wasserman Schultz are a symptom of what’s wrong with America. It’s one thing for her to so nakedly try to push the primary fight in Hillary’s favor — that’s what the establishment does after all. But it’s a whole other proposition for us to swallow that she’s a progressive when she’s attacking an agency whose sole purpose is to protect people from the greed of corporations who will not self-regulate effectively.
I’m actually one of those Sanders supporters that will find very little problem ultimately voting for Hillary, so please don’t mistake this as being about her biases against Bernie. While her biases most certainly exist, it’s far more troubling to me that her scruples, integrity, and true desire to protect the powerless do not. Debbie Wasserman Schultz should be primaried out of her seat and asked politely to resign her position with the DNC; until then there’s no way many of us will ever be able to trust her.
If she’s not pro-Bernie’s or pro-Liz Warren’s view of economics…can Debbie rightfully call herself a modern liberal? I’ll let you decide.