Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bernie Sanders Goes After Another Democrat

As much as I would like to see Debbie Wassermann Schultz out at the DNC, I do not want to lose her seat in Congress:

Bernie Sanders said Saturday that he supports DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Democratic primary opponent in her August 30 vote, adding that if he were to become president, he'd end her term as head of the party organization. During a pre-taped interview with CNN, set to air Sunday morning, Sanders told host Jake Tapper that he favors Tim Canova for the Florida congressional race. "Well, clearly, I favor her opponent," Sanders said of Schultz. "[Canova's] views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Shultz's." In a response, Wasserman Schultz said she will remain neutral in the ongoing Democratic presidential primary race between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, despite the former's support for her own primary opposition.

So now we have Bernie Sanders actively engaged in keeping the Republicans in control of the House. By blowing up the race in her district, he is weakening her with this attack and trying to push an outsider. I don't know how safe her seat is, but when you are engaged, at the national level, in bringing down a member of Congress from the Democratic Party, you're making it less likely that we can flip the House this fall (which is, I know, a remote possibility but one that should be a definite goal).

Wassermann Schultz is not my kind of Democrat, but that's not important. What is important is realizing that to take control of the House is more important than anyone's personal feelings. I may be unhappy with her policy positions, but I would be very happy to see Paul Ryan tossed out on his ear. If you want to win things, you have to be willing to hold your nose and put up with people who disappoint you. That's how things work. You don't get what you want every time someone in Florida pulls the lever at the ballot box. You have to work for change. A Democratic-controlled House automatically means the country will start to move left. And if that's the case, Wasserman Schultz can either get on board or face a primary challenge when it does not threaten control of the House itself.

This has been the week where Bernie Sanders revealed himself to be not so very interested in having Democrats in charge of anything. It must be easier to sit on the fringes and blow stuff up.

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