consultants are sandburs

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

It's both.

Comparable story, Politico, source of image.
Both? How so, both? Give a context?



If there’s one thing that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton agree on, it’s this: When it comes to her work as chair of the Democratic National Committee, a position she’s held since 2011, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is bad and should feel bad. Consensus holds that she’s either in the tank for Clinton, incompetent — or both.

[link in origial] So; both. Train wreck.

More context, same item, [links omitted - use original for more detail; e.g., each "against" is documented]:

And when it comes to her work as a member of Congress, where she’s lately distinguished herself as a strong defender of the generally odious payday loan industry, her record is even worse. She’s against pot decriminalization, against an “open” Internet, against Edward Snowden, against refusing donations from corporate lobbyists, and skeptical (at the least) of President Obama’s recent nuclear agreement with Iran.

She doesn’t seem to be so great with people on an interpersonal level, either:

Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Tulsi Gabbard resigned from her post on Sunday to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, following months of rising tensions within the group.

“I think it’s most important for us, as we look at our choices as to who our next commander in chief will be, is to recognize the necessity to have a commander in chief who has foresight, who exercises good judgment,” Gabbard, a U.S. representative for Hawaii, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

There’s a reason she’s facing her first-ever primary challenge, in other words. Frankly, if you’re the kind of Democrat who worries that the party is too beholden to the wealthy when it comes to economics, and too terrified of Christian conservatives when it comes to social issues, there isn’t much about her to like.

TRAIN WRECK. That item gets into other things apart from: incompetent or in the tank or both. Leaving its digressions and turning to the image's source (parenthetical in original):

The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

She’s become a liability to the DNC, and even to her own prospects, critics say.

(WATCH: Debbie Wasserman Schultz's greatest hits)

“I guess the best way to describe it is, it’s not that she’s losing a duel anywhere, it’s that she seems to keep shooting herself in the foot before she even gets the gun out of the holster,” said John Morgan, a major donor in Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida.

The stakes are high. Wasserman Schultz is a high-profile national figure who helped raise millions of dollars and served as a Democratic messenger to female voters during a presidential election in which Obama needed to exploit the gender gap to win, but November’s already difficult midterms are looming.

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.

She asked again around Obama’s inauguration in 2013, pushing so hard that Obama senior adviser — and one-time Wasserman Schultz booster — Valerie Jarrett had to call her directly to get her to stop.

Leaving the remainder of that wardrobegate item for interested readers to follow-up; per the link from the opening excerpt The Observer reports:

Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has faced intense scrutiny over the past year, as Democrats have grown weary of her inability to recoup party losses in the House and Senate, and are tired of her blatant favoritism of Hillary Clinton.

This past week, a Democratic challenger to Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s congressional seat, Tim Canova, announced his candidacy. Mr. Canova, a Georgetown University Law Center graduate, served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas. The New York-born Jewish-Italian is also a fervent Bernie Sanders supporter and according to his campaign website, in 2011 was “selected by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to serve on an advisory committee on Federal Reserve reform.”

Calls for the resignation of Ms. Wasserman Schultz are rapidly increasing in both frequency and intensity. Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s most recent gaffe, accusing millennials of complacency on abortion rights, inspired progressive group Credo Action to petition for her resignation—reaching over 61,000 signatures so far.

That is not the entirety of The Observer item's text; only its beginning; yet seven in-text links were omitted, including one re the Credo petition. Two additional get-the-hell-out-yesterday anti-train wreck petitions are reported and then The Observer concludes:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s weak leadership brings nothing but negative attention to the Democratic Party. Democrats must stop delaying the inevitable, and either fire Ms. Wasserman Schultz or push her to resign. She has essentially bankrupted the DNC during her tenure, and is unreliable in helping Democrats win congressional and senate elections. It is in the best interests of the party to rid itself of Ms. Wasserman Schultz as quickly as possible.

[link in original] Having for time-benefit balancing reasons not followed all hyperlinks, while believing the gist of things has accurately been presented; post closed.

Readers are encouraged to read each of the excerpted items and to follow links as the mood dictates. If any particularly worthwhile but bypassed item is found that way, please add link information via a comment.

A caveat. The last excerpt links to a Breitbart item; where possibly the entire story is not told. However, deficit funding the national committee while (per above excerpting assertions) jollying donors to pony up into her PAC over the team's coffers, if true, is disturbing.

Inner party opponents likely know, but without going to the detailed FEC filings Brietbart links to, it is unclear if some of the team spending involves cronyism at inflated rates, on spec, so that when the cash ultimately comes in to balance the books then invoices will be paid.

While not able to say without combing over the evidence and knowing existing allegiances whether any kind of inflated invoicing - crony consultant game is being played with party funds, if it is it would not be the first time. Minnesota's GOP party had a deficit during Tony Sutton days and a new treasurer came in and looked into cash flows in and out. Always there can be a question or two over an item or two, but patterns beyond that either show up or they don't.

In any event there is "no I" in team. If as suggested in the excerpting self trumped committee, as to agenda policy and shepherding of funds, then it is clearly broom time - sweeping as needed.

___________FURTHER UPDATE____________
An attentive reader forwarded a DWS email, surprisingly not about the DNC, but about the real nitty gritty; what not only matters, but MATTERS!! (Click the image to enlarge and read and to sent that frigging check pronto, Tonto.)

Wow. Personalized. From "Debbie." You should be inflamed by the passion of the need, not a want but a need.

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