Monday, August 20, 2012

In Which I Feel Bad for Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Politico has a new e-book out today that has some priceless tidbits on, among other things, infighting among the Obama campaign team.  (More on the book later.)   One of the revelations, that the Washington Post has picked up on, is that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is increasingly viewed as a liability and ineffective spokesperson for Team O.    They allegedly reduced her TV presence when focus groups showed her faring badly in her appearances, and found other surrogates better able to sell Obama. (Don't really get this, because she shows up on my TV all the time). 
That hair!  Those hips!
Here's where I feel bad for her.  Yes, she is obnoxious, snarly and would benefit from some voice modulation lessons.  But she was hand-picked by Obama to lead the DNC.  Her style hasn't changed at all; they knew what they were getting.   She's expected to sell a product that is not terribly appealing.   One of the complaints on her in the WaPo article is 'struck too hard a partisan tone on the Sunday shows.'  She has always sounded like that!  If you're that unhappy with her, approach her and ask her to resign her position citing family or health reasons.  Don't trash her in a book or on the pages of the Post.   I've been hard on her, but this is O's mistake.  You can't blame her when presumably these are the qualities you were looking for in a DNC chair.


"The Hammer" said...

I agree. Obviously Team Obama's main criteria for DNC chair was a hardline partisan. Unfortunately for them they choose someone with an incredibly annoying manner and presence. But she's the least of their worries right now, and besides, just like Biden they're locked in.

Mudge said...

"I've been hard on her, but this is O's mistake."

Silly Sally--Don't you know by now?

O didn't make this mistake.


Bush's fault. And the Republican Congress. And the Tea Party. And Citizens United. And Fox News. And Global Warming. And Big Oil. And the NRA. And Israel. &ad infinitum.

Anonymous said...

If the selection criteria was to make Hillary look svelte, then she is a winner! Trying to have a conversation with her (and her hips) while walking down the ladder from air force one is a different challenge!

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