I love it when a blogger is the first to figure something out. Especially if the blogger is someone I know.
So, hats off to Down With Tyranny, which had Debbie Wasserman-Schultz figured out EIGHT YEARS ahead of the rest of us. I knew Down With Tyranny had been posting about DWS for some time before this election cycle. So, out of curiosity, I looked into it to see just how far back it went. Here are posts from the 2008 election cycle, when Lil’ Debbie was helping head up the DCCC’s then vaunted “red-to-blue” program.
The bone I have to pick with [Wasserman-Schultz] involves mostly her behavior as the co-chair of the Red to Blue program and her decision not to support Joe Garcia against her extreme right wing pal Mario Diaz-Balart (as well as the Democrats running against Mario’s almost equally extremist brother, Lincoln, and the clueless Bush Regime rubber stamp Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Wasserman Schultz caused an uproar in the usually complacent Florida Democratic Party when she announced she would be sitting out these three races because of her great relations with the 3 wingnuts who have voted against virtually every single Democratic priority since Lil’ Debbie was first elected to Congress. To try to tamp down the outrage, DCCC Executive Director Brian Wolff, who refuses to remove her from her Red to Blue position, hastily penned a meaningless endorsement of Joe Garcia and the 2 other Democrats running against Wasserman Shultz’ friends, Annette Taddeo and Raul Martinez. The endorsement doesn’t come with the cash Red to Blue status Wasserman Shultz is withholding.
This morning DavidNYC at Swing State Project revisited Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ determined campaign to undermine and sabotage the efforts of Miami-Dade Democrats to replace reactionary Republican extremist– and Wasserman Schultz crony– Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, with one of the most outstanding Democratic challengers running in this election cycle, Annette Taddeo, someone the corrupt Wasserman Schultz fears could stand in her way when she seeks higher office.
Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz Even Worse Than A Corporate-Leaning “New Democrat?” (December 3, 2008):
Short answer: you have to fish pretty deep down into the barrel to find anyone as bad as Wasserman Schultz. Even though she mostly rubber stamps what the Democratic leadership wants– unless it comes into direct conflict with her financial backers, like Florida’s loathsome sugar interests– DWS is a self-serving ruthlessly ambitious gut-fighter. Few people outside of Florida had ever even heard of her until she sabotaged three Democratic congressional nominees– Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez and Annette Taddeo– who were running against 3 of her far right Republican allies, the notorious Diaz-Balart brothers and Ileana Ros-Letinen. Although she was entrusted by the Democratic caucus with a chairmanship of the Red to Blue program– the body that is charged with defeating Republicans and electing Democratic challengers– she dealt fatal body blows to the 3 South Florida Democrats and gratuitously insulted another Florida challenger, Doug Tudor, who might have won his race against Adam Putnam if the DCCC had backed him instead of following her negative and vindictive decision to ignore his race.
Is there a lesson to be learned here? I think so, but it’s a lesson anyone reading a post on this site likely has learned: Cast a wide net in your quest for information. The traditional sources leave a ton of stuff out.
I was in the middle of my own campaign when Down With Tyranny first started reporting on DWS, so I missed the early posts, but I picked up on them soon afterwards. So I knew what to expect with DWS at the helm of the DNC.
I did have my own experience with DWS during my campaign, though. At the time, I wrote it off as an absurdity, but in hindsight perhaps it says a lot about the sort of person she is. DWS was a close friend of my now deceased step-sister, who lived in South Florida. She connected me to DWS, who was generally supportive of my campaign and likely supported the DCCC placing me on the red-to-blue list. But she pulled a strange power play connected to her own PAC contribution to me, a total of $7,000 ($5,000 from her PAC and $2,000 from her campaign committee). To nail that down, I had to travel to South Florida for a fundraiser held by my step-sister and her husband. Worse, the event had to be held at a specified hotel, at kind of an exorbitant cost. Still, it made sense to do it, and I wanted to see my step-sister anyhow. Turned out to be my last chance to see her, so it actually was a really good thing.
In hindsight, that little power play I experienced was a window into Lil’ Debbie’s megalomania. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now I can see how neatly it fits the persona we’ve all come to know.
It would be nice if we somehow collectively could identify the Lil’ Debbies of the world and remove them from positions of power earlier on. Maybe the place to start is following Down With Tyranny.