This would be the best news for Republicans since Nancy Pelosi decided to stay on as House Democrats' leader after her caucus suffered two separate electoral shellackings. Hang in there, Debbie. We believe in you:
The House Democratic leadership mold continues to harden, as Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are expected to remain in their current positions, which are effectively out of the upper echelon of caucus leadership ranks. On Thursday, the Democratic Caucus is on track to sign off on keeping its top leaders in place for the 113th Congress — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina.
...Neither Wasserman Schultz nor Van Hollen have formally announced their plans, as the Democratic leadership elections approach. However, a senior Democratic source told Roll Call, “It seems likely that Wasserman Schultz will stay on as DNC chair.” The Florida Democrat attended more than 850 campaign events in 31 states in her 18-month tenure. Despite reports of clashes between her and President Barack Obama’s top political hands, David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist, thanked Wasserman Schultz “for her tireless, effective leadership as party chair throughout this campaign!” Nov. 5 on Twitter. Obama ultimately decides who serves atop the national committee. Other Democrats also praised Wasserman Schultz for her tenure at DNC.
One of the most unjust outcomes of the 2012 cycle is that Wasserman Schultz can claim the "winner" mantle, while Reince Priebus' Herculean efforts at the helm of the RNC went for naught (a point that Priebus' predecessor vindictively highlighted in recent remarks). DWS' Democratic National Committee emerges from November's battlefield burdened with a yoke of new debt -- an achievement that seems to be a feature, not a bug, for prominent liberals these days. Wasserman Schultz has also shown herself to be a shrill, inflammatory, and surreally dishonest spokesperson for her party (seriously, click through to those links and feast your eyes on the 'best of DWS' smorgasbord). An internal review of the effectiveness of Obama's top campaign surrogates revealed that DWS rated at the very bottom with focus groups, despite some stiff competition. She was viewed as uniquely unlikeable and hyper-partisan, earning her the derisive nickname, "Dead Last Debbie." In short, Democrats enjoyed a successful 2012 despite Debbie Wasserman Schultz's stewardship of the DNC. Reports that she'll sticking around as one of the top public faces of her party for at least two more years should be greeted with cheers by Republicans. In some respects, it's just too appropriate: A failed president who won re-election despite his record will save the job of his hand-picked party chair, whose actual job performance did not merit the second term she'll receive. Perfect.
Parting thought: Who is this?
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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