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Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Partisans Who are Killing this Country

President Obama, Donilon (left), Brennan (right) – Photo: Pete Souza

CONGRESS IS a feckless chamber of Executive Branch fluffers, or if you’re in the minority, a hopeless group of obstructionists. Debbie Wasserman Schultz sadly becomes the example of the former, while yesterday I easily revealed Darrell Issa as the latter. The job of Congress isn’t to do either, but instead to represent the people over party loyalty. Today’s members of Congress have forgotten this fact and embarrass themselves daily by either lying to the press and the public or barely hiding their disdain for being asked to confront their own party leader’s betrayal of principles once espoused.

The inability of voters to punish both parties for their lying opportunism remains the biggest impediment for our country.

Glenn Greenwald delivers the same verdict I have on many other occasions. It comes after viewing the clip above, which shows Wasserman Schultz in a performance of Emmy award winning stature, as she says with a straight face she knows nothing about Obama’s “kill list.”

Anyone who observes politics closely has a very low bar of expectations. It’s almost inevitable to become cynical – even jaded – about just how inept and inane top Washington officials are. Still, even processing this through those lowly standards, I just find this staggering. Staggering and repellent. This is an elected official in Congress, the body that the Constitution designed to impose checks on the president’s abuses of power, and she does not have the foggiest idea what is happening in the White House, and obviously does not care in the slightest, because the person doing it is part of the party she leads.

One expects corrupt partisan loyalty from people like Wasserman Schultz, eager to excuse anything and everything a Democratic president does. That’s a total abdication of her duty as a member of Congress, but that’s par for the course. But one does not expect this level of ignorance, the ability to stay entirely unaware of one of the most extremist powers a president has claimed in US history, trumpeted on the front-page of the New York Times and virtually everywhere else.

Partisans in Congress aren’t worthy of their role in holding the chief executive accountable, no matter the party. Hyper partisans are destroying any hope the American public has of honest debate on the type of people we are electing to the presidency. The lesser of two evils keeping America locked in a downward spiral of the path of least resistance, which has slowly eroded our democratic republic.

That Debbie Wasserman Schultz denied the existence of a “kill list” is typical of a partisan politician, though it’s likely due to the fact that she, personally, hasn’t been briefed on it, giving her cover. So, technically, she isn’t lying or covering or obfuscating or ducking the question, however you want to couch it.

It’s a a three-card monty game of political deceit and both political parties play it, with most American voters not only willing to play the role of sucker, but jumping at the chance to engage in the super bowl of presidential partisan politics. Complete with flag, banner and bumper sticker waving, while partisans squeal their cheers, the average voter just wanting his team to win in the end, never mind our democracy is losing. Even those who rail against the candidates, in the end, come home to the party who continually betrays their trust.

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42 Responses to Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Partisans Who are Killing this Country

  1. Solo October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    The Congresswoman handled that badly. She should have owned it. That guy had an attitude and chose to use all this inflammatory language, assassination, kill list and the like. Taking out people who we know are plotting to attack us isn’t murder or an assassination, it’s self defense. There is a reason they call it a “war” on terrorism! It’s the President’s job to protect this country and it’s people from those who do them harm. Democrats have a record they should be proud of and should own especially when confronted by naive bleeding heart liberals who walk around enjoying the relative safety of this country streets while at the same time attacking the people most responsible for that safety! Killing terrorist was a good thing until of course President Obama proved himself adept at it.

    • Taylor Marsh October 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      RAH!

      RAH!

      SIS BOOM BAH!

      GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… OBAMA!

      • ladywalker68 October 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

        Taylor—LOL!!!! Thanks I needed to laugh because I became quite depressed when I read your all too true and spot on post. It’s just so difficult to not feel complete despair if your every waking moment is focused on how to make it through to the next day without falling off a financial cliff. Frankly, I feel as if the 1% won a long time ago and I just might as well hang it up and move to a tent in the woods somewhere.

        How about this: I have chosen to vote for the inept and ineffectual, new Republican Party Leader, Barack Obama, over the lying sack of crap leader of the bat-shit crazy T-Publican party, Mitt Romney who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit him square in the jaw.

        And to your “GO OBAMA”, I will add a tongue in cheek “WOOT WOOT!!!” because I am anything but enthusiastic about about my choice.

        By the way, I am early voting today because I don’t need the final debate to make up my mind. It is all theatre and show anyway…I have been paying attention and going with my choice for the lesser of 2 EVILS.

        WOOT, WOOT!!!! (not really….) :(

        • Taylor Marsh October 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

          ladywalker68 October 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm

          You are informed and voting your conscience. It is your vote, ladywalker, and your choice.

          The rest is up for debate.

          • ladywalker68 October 22, 2012 at 12:17 am #

            Fair enough. Thanks, Taylor.

      • Solo October 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

        TM NOTE: On this site we encourage people to vote their conscience, which includes third parties. No one’s vote is “wasted.” Comments of disrespect will be deleted.

        • ladywalker68 October 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

          Luv You Too, Solo! MUWAH!!!! :)

          • Solo October 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

            Back at YA! LOL!

        • Solo October 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

          Comments of disrespect will be deleted Taylor? You and your followers disrespect this President as a matter of course every single day!

          • Taylor Marsh October 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

            You have no right to call anyone’s vote “wasted” here. If you don’t like the rules, you’ve whined before & promised to leave many times, so feel free to exercise that option at any time.

            I give Mitt Romney AND Barack Obama equal time in the spotlight, which doesn’t help either of them, because that’s not my job.

            I now leave *you* to the fluffing…

          • Solo October 21, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

            You might have a point. Although I do think I will return on election night the second after the nets call the election for President Obama. I just won’t be able to deprive myself of the joy of watching you and your followers eat crow. Peace!

      • jjamele October 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

        Seriously, Solo is always a little weird, but that was downright disturbing.

        “Taking out people we know are plotting to attack us or kill us isn’t assassination, it’s self-defense.” When did GW Bush join this site?

        Obama Uber Alles!!!

  2. Cujo359 October 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Reading Greenwald’s article yesterday was depressing, largely because there are so many people who, like Solo here, choose not to believe the truth just as Rep. Wasserman Schultz apparently chooses not to believe. Unfortunately, our representatives really are representative of us as a people.

  3. TPAZ October 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    TM, thank you so much for covering this. I was afraid you might overlook it like Obama official and unofficial fluffers; this tape is disgusting. Anyone that is still sending the DNC or Obama a nickle is no better than “the good German” during the Third Reich.

    “But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.”
    ― Edmund Burke

    • jjamele October 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      “LOL how many Electoral Votes did Edmund Burke get when he ran for President! Probably as many as Jill Stein will get LOL! Obama is awesome get over it you lefty losers with your dopey pissy principles! Oh- LOL!”

      –Solo’s Intern

  4. DaGoat October 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    The interviewer was coming on pretty strong but for DWS to say she had no idea what he was talking about was ridiculous.

    I can’t remember committee chairs ever being the suckups and toadies that DWS and Reince Priebus have become, functioning purely to repeat talking points. On the larger issue, neither major party can be described as anti-war or committed to due process. The last sentence of your essay sums it up very well.

  5. angels81 October 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Ah, if only the world was so simple as pundits and bloggers make it out to be. We have been at war with the terrorists who would do us harm, and have done us great harm and will continue to do us harm if not checked. Politicians have done us a disservice by not telling us the truth about the ugly fog of war. For Americans to not understand that this is a real war, and in a real war people die and it can be messy, and for politicians not to be honest about this being a war, and what that entails is what is wrong.

    So many pundits and bloggers tend to see all this in black and white and treat it all like a game being played by my side against your side. The world is a complicated place where there are real life and death threats out there, and the response that any government makes isn’t as simple as the politics that the left and right make it out to be.

    • Solo October 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Lefties simply don’t want to accept that evil is a fact of life and that freedom doesn’t come free. That is why no one trusts them with their security.

      • jjamele October 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

        And good little partisan lemmings like you are just fine with your “Us or Them” philosophy as long as your darlings are in power. The moment Romney wins, suddenly all those predator drone strikes and murdered American soldiers and destruction of civil liberties will become very important again. Because you see EVERYTHING through the lenses of your party loyalty. Disgusting.

        • Solo October 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

          Murdered American soldiers? WTF are you talking about?

        • Solo October 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

          “The moment Romney wins?” Ah yes that Obama is going to lose meme. How many times have we been down this stretch of road? A moment of truth approaches and all the Obama haters start screaming Obama is gonna lose Obama is going to lose up until the moment he wins!

          I also find it interesting that while you attack O for being just like Bush your at the same time pulling for the guy who’s campaign is filled with ex-Bush officials.

          • jjamele October 22, 2012 at 7:23 am #

            “Murdered American Soldiers”- American soldiers killed in pointless wars, sent from their families to die to make others rich.

            “I also find it interesting that while you attack O for being just like Bush your(sic) at the same time pulling for the guy who’s(sic) campaign is filled with ex-Bush officials.” I am voting for Jill Stein, as I’ve said many times. I find your lack of comprehension interesting, and that’s pretty much the only thing I find interesting about youi.

            By the way, speaking of ex-Bush officials, who was Obama’s first Sec of Defense again?

    • fangio October 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      The United States, thru sixty years of it’s disgusting policies towards the rest of the world, has brought this evil upon itself.

    • jinbaltimore October 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      amazing that it is all so subtle and nuanced it all is with Obama in the White House…you had the same opinion on it all during Bush?

  6. fangio October 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    ” Hyper partisan’s are destroying any hope the American public has of honest debate about the type of people we are electing to the presidency. ” Yes, and it’s their own fault, and has been since the defeat of liberalism in 1972.

  7. StrideHyde October 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    We can certainly debate the methods used and we can debate how to carry out a “war on terror.” But I have to seriously wonder if angels and Solo would be quite so supportive if George W Bush or Mitt Romney were running a drone strike program which we know kills innocent people who are too close to the target. And if they are not so supportive, they prove Taylor’s point.

    • angels81 October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      And I wonder how you would feel if we quit using drones and sent American troops in to take out the enemy and had a lot more body bags coming home? I also wonder what you would be saying if we just did nothing and let the terrorists who have said they will continue to kill Americans grow and become stronger. Like I said earlier, war is hell and ugly and things are done and happen that are sad and unfortunate.

      One other thing, my comments in no way say’s I support the war or the tactics used, I was trying to make a point that war is messy as hell and we do a injustice by over simplifying it with left/right political talking points.

      • fangio October 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

        It’s not a war and it never was. You’ve bought into the same phony garbage pedaled by both Bush and Obama. The terrorists have won, they have destroyed our way of life, they have turned American against American, drove us to give up liberty for security, drove us to a level of paranoia not seen for fifty years and, finally, bankrupted us. We are now their puppets, they pull the strings and we dance.

        • Cujo359 October 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

          start quote:

          It’s not a war and it never was.

          end quote

          Thanks for demonstrating that there are still folks who can maintain a sense of perspective, despite the hysterical nonsense they’re confronted with.

        • angels81 October 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

          What a bunch of bullshit. First off America is far from being bankrupt. Second, they have not turned American against American. third, they don’t pull our strings and we are not their puppet. You’ve made my point about simplistic black and white talking points about a complex set of issues going on in the middle east and the world at large. It was Bin Laden and the terrorists who declared war on us, and then attacked us. For this country not to respond would have been an open invitation to continue to kill our citizens. To say this is not a war is just naive.

          • jinbaltimore October 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

            So you were in favor of Bush’s policies as well then, yes?

      • Cujo359 October 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

        start quote:

        I also wonder what you would be saying if we just did nothing and let the terrorists who have said they will continue to kill Americans grow and become stronger.

        end quote

        I wonder how much support “terrorists” would be receiving if they weren’t living in countries whose despotic governments are supported by America, and where the few people who are willing to oppose such governments who can’t be rounded up and jailed by said despots are now killed with no warning by remotely piloted vehicles. That’s a lot more relevant a question than the false dichotomy of either doing nothing or killing people we can’t prove have done anything wrong in places most of us can’t find on a map.

        This isn’t a war. A war has two sides, either of which can destroy or at least defeat the other. They both have armies, and other military resources. The people we’re “at war” with are criminals at worst, and resistance fighters in at least some cases. I’m not even going to dignify the effort to destroy our civil liberties and terrorize half the world with the noun “war”.

        And no, the “terrorists” didn’t do that – we did. We did it to ourselves, because we apparently don’t have the brains to know the difference between war and law enforcement.

        We lose more people every month to our broken health care system (yes, we still do, because while we are willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars fighting “terrorism” in places we haven’t heard of, but not for providing health care to all Americans) than we have to terrorism in this century. More people are murdered in America every year, and if you compare our murder rate to Canada’s, the difference for two years would be more than all the folks who died on 9/11. We aren’t planning on nuking the insurance industry or wiping out the NRA. Somehow, we manage to keep our perspective there. But call something terrorism, and there are no end of drama queens willing to tell us we should be pants-pissingly frightened, and willing to do any barbaric thing we can imagine in order to make ourselves “safe” from it.

        • ladywalker68 October 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

          Cujo-You nailed it. Thanks.

      • StrideHyde October 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

        angels, you are setting up a straw man. I didn’t say whether I support the drone attacks or not. Indeed, I said it could be debated. What I questioned was whether you would speak up for the program were it run by Bush or Romney. I’m still questioning it. And if your post is not saying you are supportive then what’s your point? War is messy? Uh, yeah, OK. Next!

  8. Taylor Marsh October 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    How fitting to hear Obama Democrats, of all people, falling back on the Bushism of “war on terror.” Ironic, really.

    Never has a more immature phrase been coined, implying that military means can defeat terrorism. It will take economic development and much more to shift nations rooted in religious tribalism toward modernity. U.S. drone policy certainly won’t do it, but actually listening to people in nations being affected is so troublesome, I realize.

    It’s also quite humorous to hear partisans talk about binary choices being simplistic. Gotta love the irony of that, too.

  9. JimK October 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    I’m no fan of Debbie Wasserman Schultz but it seems most people brush off Luke Rudkowski questions, he is no different then a Alex Jones or a James O’Keefe, a video hit man doing so called guerilla journalism. Luke Rudkowski does not want an answer but a reaction so he can post the video on his web page, take a view at the “We Are Change” videos. Those who try to be nice and answer the alex jones protege and frequent guest, Luke Rudkowski questions, get treated like a criminal on the witness stand from a bully prosecutor throwing out questions, charges and accusations trying to trip them up and make a mistake.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/wearechange/videos?view=0

    FOX19 TV reporter Ben Swann asked Obama about the targeted killings without trials – including the death of two American citizens – Obama refused to confirm or deny the program.

    “First of all, you’re basing this on reports in the news that have never been confirmed by me. And I don’t talk about our national security decisions in that way. Our goal has been to focus on al-Qaeda, to focus narrowly on those who pose an eminent threat to the United States of America,” Obama said.

    With Obama’s statement above and that there is an on going criminal investagation into the “kill list leaks” under jurisdiction of a special prosecutor, how should of Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to Luke Rudkowski questions and his hostile style.

    • Taylor Marsh October 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

      Partisan politicians and their loyalist fans answer questions only in a manner that makes them look good. This is the case whether it’s Dems or Reps.

      How you should answer a question as a LEADER doesn’t change depending on whether the facts comport to making your side look good or bad. You answer it honestly. Or you say you haven’t been briefed on that policy and have read the NY Times story or admit you haven’t read the story.

      Blaming it on the questioner is chickenshit when a video illustrates YOU are the problem.

      But that’s the level of our politicians today, which is why we’re in the mess we’re in. The other reason is that voters rarely make politicians pay for what they say compared with what they do. As long as voters hold their nose to keep the same entrenched lackluster leaders in power we’ll continue to get the same results. It’s really not that difficult to figure out.

  10. ogenec October 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    If I understand the critique correctly, DWS is a craven partisan politician for disavowing knowledge of a program she hasn’t been briefed on. I don’t understand that argument. Or why, “Sorry, I have no idea what you are talking about” is not an – if not the only – appropriate response.

    I think the question is for Obama, not DWS.

    • Cujo359 October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      start quote:

      If I understand the critique correctly, DWS is a craven partisan politician for disavowing knowledge of a program she hasn’t been briefed on.

      end quote

      You understand neither the form nor the substance. The form is that DWS is either ignorant or hiding behind the excuse that she wasn’t briefed. The substance is that she should know perfectly well that this was true, since it was reported in the NYT based on various Obama Administration officials bragging to them about having done exactly this. Ignoring this is a dereliction of her duty as a member of the legislative branch to hold the executive branch accountable.

      start quote:

      I think the question is for Obama, not DWS.

      end quote

      It should be asked of both. Unfortunately, it will never be asked of Obama, because the OA insists that it have full control over interviews, and the press is only too happy to comply. Plus, there are plenty of folks willing to make excuses for why he shouldn’t have to answer, from “it’s a national security matter”, to “he’s not as scary as The Other Guys”.

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