IN AN epic hit piece on Politico, Debbie Wasserman Schultz takes a mortal partisan wound from her own, because no one would fire her. Rewards for prior accomplishments kept her safe, but after this piece you’ve got to wonder if it was worth it.
Not that Debbie Wasserman Schultz won’t fail upward, as all Washington elite do.
Just how bad is her relationship with President Obama?
In mid-June, he attended two in one afternoon in New York, including the DNC LGBT Gala. Wasserman Schultz waited until the end of the photo line to swoop in.
“Mr. President,” she said, according to people familiar with the encounter. “I just want you to know, the DNC has retired its debt.”
Obama looked at her.
“Debbie, you think I don’t know?” he said. “I’m the president of the United States.”
In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.
She asked again around Obama’s inauguration in 2013, pushing so hard that Obama senior adviser — and one-time Wasserman Schultz booster — Valerie Jarrett had to call her directly to get her to stop. (Jarrett said she does not recall that conversation.) One more time, according to independent sources with direct knowledge of the conversations, she tried again, asking for the DNC to buy clothing for the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
[…] The White House is staring at two years of life under a GOP-controlled House and Senate. The DNC chair, however, isn’t involved in the strategy talks with the president. They don’t want her there.
For even the occasional Obama briefing by the heads of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, she is not invited. That includes a key session on July 31, the last day the House was in town before the August recess, when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), DCCC Chair Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and DCCC executive director Kelly Ward sat on the couches in the Oval Office running through the political landscape for the president.
You know it’s bad when Valerie Jarrett gets involved and calls you on the carpet. Did Debbie Wasserman Schultz listen, apparently not.
To make matters worse for Wasserman Shultz, she did what is considered unforgivable by Hillary Clinton standards.
Wasserman Schultz says she and Hillary Clinton have “a special relationship.”
Asked to explain what that entails, she said, “I’ll just leave it at that.”
As with the Obama White House, the DNC chairwoman’s relationship with the Clintons is fragile.
Back in 2008, Wasserman Schultz was a co-chair of Clinton’s presidential run and one of the campaign’s most active surrogates. In the rough final weeks of the primaries, when the Obama campaign was looking for every pressure point to force Clinton to quit, Wasserman Schultz gave them one.
Wasserman Schultz reached out to the Obama campaign to let them know she knew Clinton’s campaign was over, even though it would take a few more weeks. And she wanted them to know she was ready to be there for Obama as soon as it was. Through back channels, according to people connected to the discussions, Obama aides promptly let Clinton aides know that one of her last allies was backing away.
This has not been forgotten.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s crime is she lived by the Washington, D.C. standard: To thine own self be true.