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It seems that Bernie backers aren’t the only ones fed up with Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s tyrannical rule of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). According to one pro-Hillary senator,
There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head on.
Other Hillary-backing senators are worried that she’s too divisive a figure to unify the party in the upcoming general election. Right now, the discussion is about getting rid of her before the Democratic Convention.
On condition of anonymity, a senate aide said,
The question is: Has she become too toxic?
“The Hill” reported that one senator stated,
I don’t see how she can continue to the election. How can she open the convention? Sanders supporters would go nuts.
A senior Democratic source told CNN,
There is a lot of sentiment that replacing her would be a good idea. It is being discussed quietly among Democratic senators on the floor, in the cloakroom and in lunches.
Debbie has already been stripped of some of her Convention power. Normally the DNC Chair would appoint all 15 members of the platform committee. This time around, she’s been limited to four. Of the remaining 11 positions, Hillary will fill six and Bernie will fill five.
Whether this is enough is being debated. As a Senior Senate Democratic Aide put it,
There’s a strong sentiment that the current situation is untenable and can only be fixed by her leaving. There’s too much water under the bridge for her to be a neutral arbiter.
Another senator said,
We need to get this figured out and come together, Hillary’s got the nomination. She needs Bernie’s energy. It’s time for her to accommodate. It’s time to pick hard-nosed people to cut through things and figure out a deal.
Debbie does have her defenders. Nancy Pelosi told CNN that,
DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz enjoys the support of Members of the House Democratic Caucus for her leadership in unifying the party and winning in November.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), is backing Debbie.
I think Debbie Wasserman Schultz has done a good job. If you look at her platform committee appointments, she really gave a lot of room to Bernie supporters.
Also, some of the support seemed to have a bit of an anti-Bernie flavor to it. Michael Nutter, a former Mayor of Philadelphia, the host city for the convention told CNN,
This is like someone who comes to your house, says they don’t like the food, your TV is too small and I’m not particularly thrilled with what your kitchen looks like and then walks out complaining. She’s been leading the party, he just became a Democrat and now suddenly believes that he should be in charge.
And, of course, there’s no “Debbie love” on Bernie’s part. Bernie has endorsed Debbie’s opponent in the Florida Democratic primary and has even started fundraising for him.
Bernie’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, summed up their take on the matter, telling MSNBC host Steve Kornacki,
It’s been clear there is a pattern of conduct from the beginning of this campaign that has been hostile to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, and really, she’s become a divisive figure in the party.
It probably also doesn’t help her efforts that American Crossroads, a GOP super-PAC, has endorsed Debbie in the primary. The president of American Crossroads, Steve Law, said,
Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has played a critical role over the past several years in the massive Republican gains we have achieved at the state level, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the U.S. Senate.
Whether she goes or stays won’t be decided until Hillary and Bernie negotiate a deal to heal the party and discuss what to do with Debbie. President Obama is expected to have a say as well.