DNC In Disarray

The liberal media love to report on chaos in the Republican Party, but how about the Democrats? The Democratic National Committee is in a state of open warfare. It started with Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz scheduling only six presidential debates. This was no random decision; Wasserman Schultz and some others on the DNC intended for the nomination process to be a coronation of Hillary Clinton, and didn’t want to expose her marginal political skills to her opponents, or to the public, any more than necessary.

Some officers of the DNC, including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, complained that they had not been consulted before the debate schedule was set, and called on Wasserman Schultz and other members of the committee to engage in a more open process and schedule more debates. That led Wasserman Schultz to call Gabbard a liar, in effect, by insisting that she had consulted with the party’s officers, including Gabbard, before scheduling the debates.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

That brought forth an angry blast from R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and another vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who stopped just short of calling for Wasserman Schultz to resign or be fired:

R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Thursday accused the party’s leader, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making “flat-out not true” statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had “serious questions” about her suitability for the job.

The broadside from Rybak, which came in an interview late Thursday afternoon, followed weeks of internal party dissension over the number and timing of the presidential debates it has scheduled, capped by an acrimonious public dispute over whether Wasserman Schultz had punitively barred a Democratic vice chairwoman, Tulsi Gabbard, from attending the first debate, held on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Rybak’s comments were notable because he is not known for going public with party complaints. …

“This is not a back-and-forth between a chair and a vice chair,” he said. “This is a chair of the Democratic Party wrongly stating that she consulted with all of the party officers. I was not consulted. I know that Tulsi Gabbard was not consulted. And this is becoming about much more than debates.” …

“The fact is for many months we have been trying to get the chair to open up and include many more people” in the decisionmaking process, Rybak said. “Like many other people, I have kept my mouth shut, and have tried to make the situation work for months. It is becoming increasingly clear that the chair doesn’t have the political skills — or more likely, want to execute the skills — to make this party a big tent. I blame myself for trying to stuff it, and trying to make things work when it’s clear we have a problem.”

R. T. Rybak

R. T. Rybak

Hanging over this acrimonious intra-party dispute is the prospect that Hillary Clinton, the candidate whose nomination Wasserman Schultz is trying to assure, may be indicted on one or more federal charges relating to her mishandling of information relating to the national defense. No wonders members of the DNC are getting testy!

Pass the popcorn, please.


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