FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Debbie Downer’s bad first month as DNC Chair.
She’s accused Republicans of wanting to reinstate segregation and of waging a “war on women.” She has asserted, somewhat nonsensically, that the GOP wants to make illegal immigration — by definition against the law — “a crime.” She’s also been mocked for driving a foreign car after pounding Republicans for not supporting the American auto industry.
No one seems ready to declare her the Democratic version of Michael Steele, the gaffe-prone former Republican National Committee chairman whose rhetorical and administrative missteps led numerous party leaders to publicly insist he had to go.
Now, this would be the point where I’m supposed to go “She’s the Democratic version of Michael Steele,” only I’m not going to take that particular bait. Michael Steele, for all of his financial goof-ups and uncritical willingness to make a splash, was still a guy who had a sense of humor and a compelling life story. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is an interchangeable Democratic drone (Humorless, Shouting Feminist edition) whose most inherently interesting feature is a lingering uncertainty about whether or not her name requires a hyphen.
Anyway, read the whole thing: of particular interest is Ed Rendell’s somewhat nervous excuses for Debbie Downer’s performance to date. Not to mention this bit about how conservative blogs “…are gleeful over her bumpy rollout. Conservative blogs are seizing on her excesses — a luxury they did not have with Kaine, her more measured predecessor…” That’s sort of true, but very few Republicans are really inclined to criticize Tim Kaine’s tenure as DNC chair, even now. After all, there’s always the chance that some fool in the Democratic party leadership will offer him another position of trust and authority.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Mike Huckabee delivers the coup de grace: “In these days when there are far too many partisan attack dogs stirring up divisiveness and vitriol, it kind of speaks well for her that she’s that bad at it.”