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February 24, 2014 - 8:25 am

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said she believes her party will gain seats in the fall because Americans have “buyer’s remorse” about electing so many Tea Party members in the past.

“How many times does President Obama have to — extended his hand across the aisle, offered to sit down, said let’s sit down and work things out, put things in his budget that our party has fundamental problems with, simply to be able to get the Republicans to understand that we want to find common ground?” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said this morning on CNN.

“The tea party extremists, sadly, that have been allowed to control the direction of the Republican party have a stranglehold — on their party. And so it’s prevented them,” she said, adding that of her 21 years in office she’s been in the minority for 13 years. “I understand it can’t be my way or the highway… I support my party’s agenda, but you have to put aside differences, figure out where you can agree so you can move forward together.”

She said the only thing to change the current gridlock in Washington “is an election” — or more.

“We might have to have a couple of elections until it’s clear to, at least from my perspective, to the Republicans that the path that they have chosen, the path of extremism, the path of doing nothing but obstructing the president’s ability to get stuff done and choosing not to work with him is going to be rejected by the American people,” Wasserman Schultz continued.

Of her party’s chances in the fall, “I think we have tremendous opportunities across the country.”

“I think we’re going to pick up seats. I think it’s very clear that a lot of constituents across the country have buyer’s remorse from the tea party, Republicans that they elected in 2010. The Republican Party has essentially voted in lock step to shut the government down, to follow Ted Cruz and the tea party off the cliff and take the country with it.”

“…I mean, sadly, the Republicans who actually used to be willing to do that are retiring because they are frustrated. The Republican party is in a civil war. They are in a battle for what direction their own party will go in. And they’re beating the heck out of one another. It’s very hard for any of them to focus on working across the aisle.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If the Creature from the Black Lagoon had a daughter....
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He did invite Republicans leaders into the White House to tell them he was unwilling to negotiate on anything. That's his understanding of extending a hand across the aisle.
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Count me as one of the ungrateful sots that won't kneel at the foot of Obama to kiss his ring. That the Democrats are willing to become vassels on the lord's land make me more sad than angry. But I do wonder what she thinks of those Minutemen in Lexington and Concord who were unwilling to live under the benevolent and gracious King George, and took up arms to ensure their freedom.
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I want a case of whatever she's drinking.
42 weeks ago
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"She said the only thing to change the current gridlock in Washington “is an election” — or more."

If it's gridlock or Obama/DWS getting their way, I'll take gridlock.
42 weeks ago
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This is what desperation looks like.
42 weeks ago
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If the Creature from the Black Lagoon had a daughter....
42 weeks ago
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I see she's still styling her hair by sticking a fork in the toaster.

*meow*
42 weeks ago
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DWS doesn't help Democrats while blowing smoke like this.
Yes, the chairman should try to rally the troops, fundraise, etc.
But wow, coming out and saying that the Demos are going to pick up House seats in the midterm of a second term failed president?

And Republicans are retiring? All I hear about are Democrats retiring.
Someone needs to Google "2014 mid terms" and show DWS how this election is shaping up. Demos are not going to pick up seats in the House, and they are a 50/50 to losing the Senate. It DWS was a real CEO, that sort of failure gets one fired.
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“How many times does President Obama have to — extended his hand across the aisle, offered to sit down, said let’s sit down and work things out, put things in his budget that our party has fundamental problems with, simply to be able to get the Republicans to understand that we want to find common ground?” SNIP

Has he EVER done this?
42 weeks ago
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Nope.
42 weeks ago
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He did invite Republicans leaders into the White House to tell them he was unwilling to negotiate on anything. That's his understanding of extending a hand across the aisle.
42 weeks ago
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However, there is not similar box for “white” despite other ethnicities being mentioned. While there is a box for “women” males are not listed as a constituency for the campaign. This would seem to suggest that the President does not consider white males part of his constituencies.

SNIP

http://www.greeleygazette.com/press/?p=21646
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And what was her past track record with political prognostication? I vaguely remember that it's not so great, eh? Why listen to her now? As Mark Levin says, they all act as though history starts....now. Right.
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