Friday, Martin O’Malley said that the DNC was rigging the process in Hillary Clinton’s favor before saying that “We are the Democratic Party, not the undemocratic party.” That isn’t the only eruption during the DNC’s summer meeting in Minneapolis. Jim Webb, the former senator from Virginia and now a Democratic presidential candidate, is upset with the DNC, too.
Sen. Webb’s spokesman said that “talking to the Democratic National Committee is ‘about as useful as sticking one’s hand into a wood chipper.’” Clearly, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn’t care about remaining neutral. She’s made up her mind that she’ll do whatever it takes to tip the race in Hillary Clinton’s favor.
According to BuzzFeed’s reporting, Sen. Webb “didn’t attend the DNC’s summer meeting Friday, partly in protest of the DNC setting up a joint fundraising agreement with his rival Hillary Clinton.” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz isn’t even attempting to appear impartial. She’s fine with playing political hardball with candidates like Sen. Webb and Gov. O’Malley because they aren’t strong candidates.
Still, Wasserman-Schultz’s actions are sending the unmistakable signal that the Democratic Party isn’t interested in moderates like Jim Webb. They’re signalling that the DNC is only interested in Hillary Clinton’s coronation even if she isn’t a top tier candidate.
Make no mistake about Hillary Clinton’s deficiencies. She’s entangled in a pair of ethical scandals that she can’t extricate herself from. This week, the Washington Post wrote about Huma Abedin’s use of her State Department email address to put together a meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Attending the meeting were past contributors to the Clinton Foundation and to Hillary’s presidential campaign. That’s in addition to Hillary’s Clinton Foundation scandal that’s rotten to the core.
These scandals are why she’s getting beat by Marco Rubio in the major swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Iowa. Those states have 95 electoral votes. Combine those electoral votes with the base of 199 electoral votes that Republicans always start with and you’ve got a GOP presidential win with 294 electoral votes.
To be fair, Ms. Wasserman-Schultz’s hands are tied. She doesn’t have a top tier candidate to turn to. Her only hope is to get Hillary through the primary process unscathed, then run a negative general election campaign. That negative general election campaign will include tons of dishonest adds and tons of identity politics ads. Even with that blueprint, Hillary is fighting an uphill fight.