The now notorious Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, has been removed from her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention. Not only that, but her personal speaking engagements at the DNC have also been scrapped.
As one Democratic operative put it “She’s been put under quarantine.”
At first, her role was only planned to be greatly reduced to where she would gavel the DNC in and close it out. Now she isn’t even getting that privilege. All of this has come on the heels of the rather damning email release by Wikileaks of how the DNC, under Schultz’s leadership, actively worked to inhibit the Bernie Sanders campaign. At greatest issue has been her personal comments via email regarding individuals in the Sanders campaign, and how she had made personal guarantees that Sanders “would never become president.”
The DNC has long been the target of criticism over a bias towards Hillary Clinton. With the revelation of these internal emails, that proves to have been true. The greater sin of this mess is the constant denial that was offered up, mainly by Schultz, that there was a “preferred candidate” or that there was any active efforts to counter the Sanders campaign. With these revelations, she’s effectively rendered herself persona non grata, at least for the foreseeable future.
The decision to quarantine Schultz was approved by both the Clinton and Sanders camps, one unnamed source told CNN. Even former Clinton labor secretary, Robert Reich, has called for Hillary to fire Schultz immediately.
Debbie Wassermann Schultz played a dangerous game this primary, and it ended up causing serious divisions in the party at a time when they can’t be afforded. If she’s simply fired from her leadership positions within the party, that would probably be a bit more than she deserves. She’s up for re-election, and she has a primary challenger that is growing in popularity.
The next few months will prove interesting for Schultz, as her future is determined by whether or not she’s accepted back by her party. She may prove too toxic an asset, especially in a time of populist division within the progressive movement.