Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paid compliments on Thursday to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — but deferred to President Barack Obama on her future as the head of the party.
Wasserman Schultz, a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, is under increasing scrutiny by top Democrats in Washington for her stewardship of the party since 2011. Reid called her a “friend” but skirted answering a reporter’s question on whether she’s became a liability for Democrats as they head into a pitched battle to keep the Senate this November.
“I’m always so impressed with her appearances on television. She’s very, very good. But the ultimate decision regarding her is made by the president of the United States, not the three of us,” said Reid, flanked by fellow Senate Democratic leaders Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.
Reid is forever offering strong opinions on subjects about which he knows nothing. His deflection on a matter that he’s certainly discussed speaks volumes. Cutting Wasserman-Schultz loose now doesn’t do the Democrats much good though, they’re still going to need a fall guy/gal after the midterm elections.
Perhaps the most telling part of this piece about Wasserman_Schultz’s fate is Politico noting that Reid, Schumer and Durbin weren’t “particularly pleased” that the question about her job performance came up at all.