Say It Ain't So: DWS on Her Way Out as DNC Chair?

Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:33 PM

Don't go, Debbie -- you've been such a generous gift to your our side.  The Shark Tank reports:

We now have learned that Wasserman Schultz will not be back as DNC Chairwoman after the November elections. According to our source within the Democratic Party, who is also a close associate of Wasserman Schultz, the arrangements have already been made for her to leave DNC regardless if President Obama wins re-election or not. This same source believes that Wasserman Schultz will be forced to resign behind closed doors and then stage an press event in which she tells Americans that her job as the DNC chair was a temporary one and that she is moving on with her congressional career.

Javier notes that his information tracks with similar rumors printed in the National Journal last week:

Talk is that Wasserman Schultz will not be asked to serve another term at the DNC, regardless of whether she helps President Obama win a second term. Yet the native New Yorker could use that to her advantage, as she reportedly now has her eye on a House leadership post—perhaps even the highest. Leading the DNC has undoubtedly raised Wasserman Schultz’s national profile, but she insists that her focus is on “serving my South Florida constituents and my own reelection, and on helping President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket get elected in November.” House members, staffers, and party strategists who discussed Wasserman Schultz and internal party machinations did so on the condition of anonymity. That’s because they publicly must stick to the party message that Democrats have a majority to win back and, in doing so, return the speaker’s gavel to the only woman ever to hold it—Pelosi. One House Democrat who admires Wasserman Schultz says that if Pelosi does call it quits, the 45-year-old mother of three should “naturally” be considered for leadership.

Can you imagine a Pelosi-to-DWS leadership transition for House Democrats?  Such a move would elevate Wasserman Schultz beyond her current perch, rendering her responsible for Democrats' messaging and floor strategy in the lower chamber.  Yes, please.  I've been worried that Democrats might eventually replace Pelosi (who is at least brutally efficient) with a more appealing figure; selecting DWS would maintain Pelosi's enduring detestability, while likely sacrificing some of her procedural competence.  Therefore, I rescind my above exhortation -- Go, Debbie.  Full speed ahead to Minority Leader Wasserman Schultz!  If these whispers are confirmed post-election, be sure to check in here for a very special tribute to DWS' greatest hits as DNC Chairwoman.  Until then, may she continue to appear on television every single day to "help" her cause.