Democrats are protesting Democrats later today on Capitol Hill. A group calling for more Democratic presidential debates will gather outside the Democratic National Committee's headquarters to do demand more debates.
"Hundreds of protesters will rally at DNC headquarters on Wednesday afternoon to demand that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz allow Democratic presidential candidates to debate more than 6 times. There were 26 Democratic primary debates in the 2008 campaign, including 11 before September 14th, 2007," says an email from the organizing group #AllowDebate.
Says the group's founder, “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is unilaterally defying the will of Democratic voters, Presidential candidates, and the DNC’s own Vice-Chairs. ... Her dictatorial suppression of free and open debate is an attack on the democratic process.”
Turns out, many Democrats have supported expanding the debate process, except Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary Clinton, who are not found on this list provided by the group:
Democratic leaders at the highest levels are demanding an end to debate suppression:
August 28 - Governor Martin O’Malley: “Four debates and only four debates - we are told, not asked - before voters in our earliest states make their decision. This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before.” [The Hill]
August 30 - Senator Bernie Sanders: “I think that [the debate restriction] is dead wrong and I have let the leadership of the Democrats know that” [The Hill]
September 8 - Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: “there’s a rule that says, if you participate in an unsanctioned debate, then you can’t participate in a sanctioned debate. That I don’t agree with. It’s not right.” [Washington Post]
September 9th - DNC Vice-Chairs Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and R.T. Rybak: “We are calling for several more debates than the six currently scheduled, and withdrawing the proposed sanctions against candidates who choose to participate in non-DNC sanctioned debates.” [New York Times]
September 11th - Martha Fuller Clark of the DNC Resolutions Committee on the debate schedule: “She did not run it by the executive committee of the DNC, she did not run it by the members of the DNC. People have been telling her that they are unhappy with this schedule, and she has been adamant about not making any changes.” [Boston Globe]
September 11th - Deb Kozikowski, Vice President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs: “[The Chair was] too busy establishing a full-fledged dictatorship at the DNC to recognize she’d gone over the top.” [Boston Globe]
A new ad slated to start airing this weekend targets Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for opposing Iran sanctions:
The ad is being sponsored by the Emergency Committee for Israel.
"The ad contrasts Rep. Wasserman Schultz's very public pro-Israel rhetoric and tough talk on Iran with her behind the scenes obstruction of a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill," ECI says in a press release accompanying the release of the ad.
Charlotte DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has caused some headaches for President Obama this week. First, she falsely claimed the Israeli ambassador told her Republicans are "dangerous" for Israel, and then she dishonestly claimed that Philip Klein, that the journalist who had accurately reported her statement, had "deliberately" misquoted her. And, of course, there was also the embarrassing debacle over removing and reinstating the words "God" and "Jerusalem" in the party platform.
Todd Akin, a six-term congressman and Senate nominee from Missouri, said something stupid and offensive a couple weeks ago. Akin apologized for the comment, and was nonetheless promptly rebuked by every leading Republican, including the presidential nominee. GOP leaders announced they were cutting off support for his Senate race and launched a concerted effort to persuade him to withdraw.
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained to CNN's Anderson Cooper this evening that "it doesn't matter" whether she misrepresented Mitt Romney's views in a recent fundraising email. What matters, according to Wasserman Schultz, is that Romney has different views on abortion than she does:
Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past.
In an email with the subject title "This is personal," Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz relays her own story to help raise funds for her party. "In 2007, I heard the words no woman wants to hear: 'You have breast cancer,'" the email begins.
Two new reports suggest that Florida congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz might be nearing the end of her run as chair of Democratic National Committee. The first comes from Shark Tank, a Florida blog:
Democratic National Committee chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been called on to release her personal income tax returns. The request was made by her congressional opponent, Republican Karen Harrington of Florida.