Everyone's favorite Debby has decided to move on from her position as the head of the Democratic National Committee, effective at the end of the upcoming Democratic National Convention happening in Philadelphia this week. I've often wondered how she has stayed in the position for as long as she has considering that she has made a variety of gaffs and just plain stupid comments over her tenure. Of course I've often considered her to be as much a parrot as anything as most the time she just mimics/repeats the words that are told to her by others. Ironically, emails are what has brought her down thanks to Wikileaks releasing a variety of emails that were found on the DNC's email servers when they were hacked (makes you feel real comfortable knowing that the DNC's servers probably did have decent security on them while god knows what Hillary's servers had on them) showing that the party had actively pushed Clinton to be the nominee, doing what it could to make sure that Bernie Sanders wasn't. Even more ironic is that Debby will have been seen more at the Republican convention last week then she'll likely be seen this week... for the time being she'll gavel the convention open tomorrow and gavel it closed on the last day, in between those days though she'll probably keep a pretty low profile.
I'll probably miss Debby for about... oh... 4 or 5 seconds but I suspect that she won't be totally out of the spotlight for very long. Should Hillary win in November I will not be at all surprised to see Debby get a position in the cabinet. Anyway, it was nice to know ya Debby, don't let the door hit ya in the butt on the way out :-)
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats arrived at their nominating convention on Sunday under a cloud of discord as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, abruptly said she was resigning after a trove of leaked emails showed party officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
The revelation, along with sizable pro-Sanders protests here in the streets to greet arriving delegates, threatened to undermine the delicate healing process that followed the contentious fight between Mr. Sanders and Hillary Clinton. And it raised the prospect that a convention that was intended to showcase the Democratic Party’s optimism and unity, in contrast to the Republicans, could be marred by dissension and disorder.
The day also veered extraordinarily into allegations, not easily dismissed, that Russia had a hand in the leaks that helped bring down the head of an American political party.
Despite those concerns, Democrats are hoping that focusing on Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee, will galvanize the party to rally around Mrs. Clinton, and on Sunday those efforts received a major boost when Michael R. Bloomberg, the former Republican and independent mayor of New York, said he would endorse her.
In her resignation statement, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, a representative from Florida, said she would continue to fight for Mrs. Clinton from the sidelines.
“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory.”
She added, “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as party chair at the end of this convention.”
Donna Brazile, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be the interim chairwoman through the election, the committee said.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz has faced a flurry of negative stories during her five-year tenure as the committee’s chairwoman, with critics charging that she was more focused on promoting her career than on the party, but she had resisted calls to quit.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation after a private meeting with advisers and senior aides to Mrs. Clinton at a hotel here a day before the party’s convention was set to begin. She had faced growing calls for her resignation over the weekend.
“In politics, you need to not only know when to draw your sword, but also when to fall on it,” said James Carville, a longtime friend and adviser to the Clintons.
The breach of the Democratic committee’s emails, made public on Friday by WikiLeaks, offered undeniable evidence of what Mr. Sanders’s supporters had complained about for much of the senator’s contentious primary contest with Mrs. Clinton: that the party was effectively an arm of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. The messages showed members of the committee’s communications team musing about pushing the narrative that the Sanders campaign was inept and trying to raise questions publicly about whether he was an atheist.
Mr. Sanders said the situation was an “outrage” on Sunday before the resignation was announced, and called for Ms. Wasserman Schultz to step down. Afterward, he said it was the right decision.
“The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race,” he said in a statement.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aides ignored questions as they quickly left a hotel a few minutes after the resignation was announced. Ms. Brazile emerged soon after the Clinton aides had left and said in a brief interview that Ms. Wasserman Schultz had called her Sunday afternoon and asked her to come to the hotel where the Florida delegation was staying.
Convention organizers had expressed nervousness on Sunday about the specter of Ms. Wasserman Schultz appearing onstage at all during the four-day convention. They were worried that what they intended to be a well-choreographed event, which officials hoped would contrast with the sometimes chaotic Republican National Convention, could be marred by Mr. Sanders’s backers booing and heckling her.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz recognized the magnitude of the problem on Saturday and initially planned to offer an apology, one of her advisers said. But it became clear to her on Sunday that contrition was insufficient.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign handled the situation delicately, not wanting the chairwoman to feel intense pressure and dig in. The Clinton aides told Ms. Wasserman Schultz the choice to resign was hers to make, but they gently warned her that she would face jeers from Mr. Sanders’s supporters this week in the convention hall, said the adviser to Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who requested anonymity to discuss private deliberations.
The nudge was enough to force Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s hand.
The Clinton campaign also suggested on Sunday that Russia had been responsible for the leak as part of an effort to help Mr. Trump, who has made flattering comments about President Vladimir V. Putin.
The convention will feature a host of prominent attendees, and Monday will be headlined by speeches by Mr. Sanders and Michelle Obama, the first lady. President Obama and former President Bill Clinton will address the delegates later in the week, bringing the kind of presidential firepower that the Republican convention could not muster because of opposition to Mr. Trump.
The unexpected decision by Mr. Bloomberg to endorse Mrs. Clinton reflected his increasing dismay about the rise of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Sanders’s supporters were elated by Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s decision, which they said had been long overdue.
“Thank God for WikiLeaks,” said Dan O’Neal, a delegate from Arizona who was wearing a “Bernie for President” T-shirt. “The party was stacked from the beginning with Debbie in charge.”
Benjamin T. Jealous, a frequent surrogate for Mr. Sanders and a former president of the N.A.A.C.P., said on Sunday in Philadelphia that the move “allows us to heal and move on.”
But many of Mr. Sanders’s backers were not ready to let go, and their frustration could be seen on the streets here. A large, boisterous crowd of his supporters, chanting “hell, no, D.N.C., we won’t vote for Hillary,” marched toward the site of the Democratic National Convention on Sunday afternoon.
The crowd of more than 1,000 people from as far as Seattle and Florida was much larger than any of the protest marches last week in Cleveland during the Republican convention.
Further angering some members of the party’s left was Mrs. Clinton’s selection of Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, a move that was widely heralded by establishment Democrats but that provoked some backlash on Sunday from members of the party who believed he was not sufficiently liberal.
After the announcement on Friday that Mr. Kaine was joining the ticket, some die-hard supporters of Mr. Sanders complained that the choice of a centrist Democrat was evidence that Mrs. Clinton had merely been paying lip service to the party’s progressive wing. Many were hoping that she would select Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio if Mr. Sanders were not the choice.
Norman Solomon, a delegate for Mr. Sanders who coordinates the Bernie Delegates Network, said that 90 percent of his delegates had found Mr. Kaine to be an “unacceptable” choice for vice president. Mr. Solomon’s group arrived early in Philadelphia to make its displeasure known.
“Secretary Clinton must know that her choice of Kaine can only inflame rather than soothe her relations with the huge constituency of Bernie supporters,” he said.
Mr. Sanders was conspicuously quiet after the pick was announced before breaking his silence on Sunday in a CNN interview. While he spoke highly of Mr. Kaine, he made clear that they had big policy differences.
“Are his political views different than mine? Yes, they are,” Mr. Sanders said. “He is more conservative than I am.”
Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s decision to resign could help tamp down open dissent by Sanders delegates at the convention. Immediately after her announcement, top party leaders praised her work in an effort to show solidarity on the eve of the four-day event.
“I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Mr. Obama said in a statement, “For the last eight years, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has had my back.”
As Democrats digested the news, Republicans gloated.
The Republican National Committee sent out headlines that depicted the Democratic Party in disarray.
Mr. Trump, who spent much of the day egging on supporters of Mr. Sanders to revolt after the selection of Mr. Kaine, bragged on Twitter that he had always known Ms. Wasserman Schultz was “overrated.”
“The Dems Convention is cracking up, and Bernie is exhausted, no energy left!” Mr. Trump wrote.
The fallout from the resignation could jeopardize Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s seat in Congress, as she faces Tim Canova, a law professor who supports Mr. Sanders, in a primary election next month.
Well that didn't take long... Debby has already gotten a position with the Hillary campaign... so we'll still get to enjoy some more of her dopeiness for at least a little bit longer
Old Debby will get a LOT MORE if Hillary is elected too, you can bet your A?? on that for sure! But, it's not gonna happen. TRUMP is going to WIN, BIG TIME! He's got more support and votes from the Republican Party than ANY candidate in the History of the R's Primaries, and continues to get support from Dems, Independents, Libertarians, Business people, R's, and others that are participating nationwide in ballot booths. I predict a 75% to 25% WIN in November, unless the ballots are fixed and then you can bet your A$$, that a revolution will come.
Perfect timing on this fiasco to the DNC Convention. Now let's see how their convention goes this week. I suspect the Bernie supporters are going to be even more active and revolting, esp. now since Debbie is history. And why? Well, she got caught in the corruption that her boss Hillary is also in over her head for many years. It certainly isn't a good thing, and should have at least been put off for another week. But, it was Serious, and that isn't something for Hillary to be proud of, nor brag about. It's all coming around, that which goes around, and is a big backfire for the Dems. now. Good thread again Dave, thanks.
Another funny thing going into this week and the democratic convention is that its entirely possible that there will be many more protesters showing up in Philadelphia then what was seen in Cleveland... and strangely enough, for all the talk before the republican convention and a bunch of protesters would be there causing problems it ended up that the protest were mostly pretty tame. The only real issue was with someone trying to light a flag on fire and ended up catching their pants on fire as well. The dem's convention could really turn into a fiasco without to much pushing... might be worth watching just for the entertainment.... although I won't watch it, I got things to do.. I'll just wait for the highlights... haha
Should be an interesting convention after all with all this happening. Bernie supporters were an X-factor before but with the pick of centrist Kaine for veep and the leak of E-mails showing what everyone basically knew (beyond most Bernie supporters) was the Fix, should make this much more contentious than the Republican convention whose main controversy was that Cruz didn't explicitly support the Trump ticket. The worst RINO's just decided not to attend, but Bern-feelers will be present in numbers at this convention.
Great alliteration in the title, Dave.
Does anybody else think it's as hilarious (yet scary) as heck that the Hillary campaign managers are blaming Russia for hacking the DNC's secure system and giving these to Wikileaks, and yet these same geniuses dismiss any possibility that Hillary's security-free, private basement server was hack-bait for foreign intelligence agencies during the time she was the Secretary of State. Total inversions of reality.
I wanted a catchy title... haha
It is humorous that DNC officials are even suggesting that Russian hackers that have been suggested to have done the hacking, released them to help Trump.... of course the DNC is completely missing the big picture that even if that was true which I have real doubts about, it was still people within the DNC that wrote those emails. Hopefully at least some Hispanics will see how much the DNC really thinks of them after calling events in Hispanic areas "taco bowls". Minorities need to wake up and realize that the democratic party isn't helping them, its using them. As far as the servers go, yeah, its silly to think that if the hackers were going after the DNC that they didn't go after Hillary's servers as well. I love that Hillary denies she knew anything about what happened, given her history though you simply can't believe her... even if she is telling the truth.
Just heard that Debby will not be there togavel in the convention after all... apparently her appearance at a breakfast with the Florida delegation this morning was the icing on the cake as she was heckled with boo's and people holding up signs that said things like "email" and "leave". I'd imagine if she's not there today for the gavel in, she probably won't be there for the gavel out. Ironic in that she will have been seen much more at the republican convention then at the democratic convention.
NO Gavel, and NO Authority to be a DNC Chairperson, lol. This is really astounding and should be a conscience effect on the USA. Hillary and Debbie are True Crooks! Nothing MORE! Deb Babe had to deal with a lot of Media reporters asking questions at a Mon. morning breakfast, along with Big BOOS from crowds, and more Dem. Delegates also Booing Her! SHE'S OUT, except for a Hillary rescue to her Hillary campaign. Doesn't that ALONE make the Point Clear? Billy Boy wouldn't have ever done this, at least in this time frame either! Did anyone hear the email transcripts? Like attacks and insults to: Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, Blacks, and many more! It's not a joke, these are the Same People that preach love for All Races, and All People. YET, it is clear, the transcript of these email show the OPPOSITE! Now which Party do you really LUV???