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March 13, 2014 - 8:25 am

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said the special election defeat in Florida this week wasn’t a statement against Obamacare — “on the contrary,” the loss supported the party’s platform.

“Winning is way better than losing,” Wasserman Schultz conceded on MSNBC. “But, if you look back at the special election cycles that we’ve been through, 2006 Democrats lost every special — every competitive special election in that year and we ultimately took the House back in 2010. We won every special election that was competitive that year and we lost 63 seats. So, you know, Greg Walden, the head of the NRCC last night, basically said that, you know, these elections are not predictive. And if you look at this race very closely, you can see that, I mean, it’s sort of – see, we haven’t held in almost 60 years.”

David Jolly won the seat left vacant by the death of his former boss, Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, who began his House tenure in 1971. Jolly defeated former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink despite being a lobbyist, not traditionally the most attractive pedigree for a candidate.

“And our candidate is really, I mean, she lost — but she lost by less than 3500 votes. It’s the closest we’ve ever come in this race,” Wasserman Schultz said.

But when asked if it was a referendum on Obamacare, she protested, “Oh, no.”

“In fact, the voters in Florida-13, very specifically, I think, said that they don’t want to repeal, especially independents, if you look at the polling in the exit polling, independents were actually opposed to Jolly’s message of repealing Obamacare and supported Alex Sink’s message of — if there are problems as they arise, we should fix them,” the DNC chairwoman said.

In the next breath, she slammed House Republicans for their dozens of votes on repealing, replacing or fixing parts of Obamacare.

“As problems arise, we should work together to fix that. We shouldn’t be voting like we are this week for the 51st time,” Wasserman Schultz said.

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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Sink actually stated during the debates that she supported Obamacare, and would "reach across the aisle to bring democrats and republicans together to fix what's wrong."
Then she could never come up with anything wrong.

The Repubs in the House have voted constantly, coming up with some good ideas and some bad to fix Obamacare. The Senate bottles up everything. Then Obama just dictates what is politically expedient. So according to DWS, the Repubs are the problem. Yeah, right.
36 weeks ago
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As DNC Chairwoman, who is DWS' boss? Is it the membership? Is it Obama? Is is House Dems? Who has authority to fire her, and more importantly, what will it take to get her fired? Lying repeatedly is obviously part of her job description.

Sebelius botched the O'care rollout yet is still employed. Holder has screwed up so many times I've lost count, including being held in contempt of Congress & is still employed. Carney lies daily & is still employed. And the tragedy is we the taxpayers are paying their salaries.

What will it take for DWS to get fired? If Repubs win big in November, I'm thinking we ought to take up a collection, give her a raise & do everything possible to keep her as DNC Chair.
36 weeks ago
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Baghdad Debbie strikes again.

Orwell must be drinking himself into a stupor wherever he is now.
36 weeks ago
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Wouldn't it be great for someone in the press to do their job and call this delusional yenta out?

Sure they voted again and again to cancel or delay the mandates, which caused a big ruckus. Most of it stopped in the Senate, only to have Obama take out his pen and do it anyway (delay mandates).

Wonder what her bizzaro answer to that would be?
36 weeks ago
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The Dems took the House back in 2010??
36 weeks ago
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Her command of reality is starting to remind me of a homeless lady sitting on a park bench foul-mouthing passersby and pigeons alike.
36 weeks ago
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According to Wiki, the Democrats lost by the largest number in mid-term elections since 1938.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2010
36 weeks ago
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What planet is this woman inhabiting? Is it one where they all missed the message from Woodstock to not take the brown acid?
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