We’ve tracked a revealing story lately: the refusal by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida congressperson and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, to come out fiercely for Obama’s position against further Iran sanctions. Wasserman Schultz is on the president’s side, yes. But she is plainly fearful of alienating the Israel lobby.
Another beat in the story: Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo nails Wasserman Schultz for attacking Chris Christie for ducking the press while herself ducking the press on the Iran sanctions. Here’s Caputo. And don’t miss his last line, the assertion that Iran is a whole lot more important than Bridgegate.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz trashed New Jersey’s “scandal plagued” governor for hiding out from the press as he fundraised for Gov. Rick Scott in Florida.
“Chris Christie,” the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said Saturday, “doesn’t want to be answering any uncomfortable questions.”
The same, however, is true for Wasserman Schultz.
The Weston congresswoman doesn’t want to respond to any uncomfortable questions about a Democratic revolt over President Obama’s nuclear-disarmament talks with Iran.
Since December, Obama and Wasserman Schultz have been on defense over the bipartisan Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013. Backed by Israel, conservatives and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee the bill is supported by as many as 16 Senate Democrats…The Democratic division is notable. So is the relative silence on Israel of one of the nation’s most-prominent Jewish politicians.
“We’re not here to talk about that today,” Wasserman Schultz said before her Saturday Dania Beach press conference, following one in Orlando, that was devoted to criticizing Christie amid reports that allies exacted political revenge on a rival by shutting down a New Jersey-New York bridge….
[C]ompared to Menendez’s Iran bill, Christie’s northeast-bridge scandal isn’t as important to her party, her constituents and the nation right now.