We Need to Talk About the Democratic National Committee Chairperson
“There is no greater mystery in politics right now than the continued employment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee…. I’m damned if I can see what she’s accomplished as a national chairperson…. If, as it appears, as national chairman of the president’s party, she actively campaigned against a measure designed to show the support of the president’s party for a monumentally important White House policy initiative, then she should have been fired from that post yesterday.” - Charles Pierce, Esquire
Wasserman-Shultz presided over a catastrophic midterm election cycle that produced the worst Congress in the recent history of the Republic, and is against the Iran Deal. We need a new DNC chairperson.
Donald Trump says that he'll decide later whether or not he'll respect the results of the election, does he have to concede for Hillary Clinton to win?
Yeah, that question has been on a lot of folks’ minds for the past couple of weeks, especially after last night’s debate. In case you weren’t watching - who could blame you? - Donald Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace whether or not he would respect the outcome of the election. His response… you know what? How about I just let you read it?
CHRIS WALLACE: Mr. Trump, I want to ask about one must question in this topic. You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you. Your running mate Governor Pence pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election. Today your daughter Ivanka said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of the selection?
DONALD TRUMP: I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking anything now I will look at it at the time. What I’ve seen, what I’ve seen it so bad. First of all the media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile-on is so amazing that the New York Times actually wrote an article about it that they don’t even care. It’s so dishonest and they poison the minds of the voters but unfortunately for them I think the voters are seeing through it.
CHRIS WALLACE: But, sir.
DONALD TRUMP: I think they’re going to see right through it. We will find out on November eighth but I think they’re going to see through it. Excuse me Chris if you look at your voter rolls you will see millions of people that are registered to vote, millions, this isn’t coming for me this is coming from Pew Report and other places millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote so let me just give you one other thing.
I talk about the corrupt media I talk about the millions of people I’ll tell you one other thing. She shouldn’t be allowed to run. It’s – she’s guilty of a very very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run. And just in that respect I say it’s rigged because, Chris, she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things.
CHRIS WALLACE: But sir, there is a tradition in this country, in fact one of the prides of this country, is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign, that the loser concedes to the winner, not saying that you are necessarily going to be the you loser or the winner, but that the loser concedes to the winner and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country, are you saying that you are not prepared now to commit to that principle?
DONALD TRUMP: What I’m saying now is I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense, okay?
Trump vowing to keep us all in suspense has led to some understandable anxiety from a lot of people - myself included.
The good news is that whether or not Donald Trump concedes has no effect whatsoever on the results of the election. The Electoral College will meet on December 19th, they will vote, the results will be tallied and certified, and that will be that. The process has continued uninterrupted for two hundred and fifty or so years, and there’s no reason to think that it will not continue this year as well. The Twelfth Amendment could frankly give a rat’s patoot about whether or not Donald Trump’s near-certain electoral defeat has bruised the man’s fragile ego.
In the short run, Trump’s insistence that the election is “rigged” is a blip on the radar. The narrative will be forgotten by all but his most vocal supporters by Thanksgiving. In the long run, though, it presents us with some troubling and problematic realities.
Moderator Chris Wallace rightly pointed out that, win or lose, respect for the election process itself is a sine qua non for democracies. As citizens, we collectively lend the electoral process legitimacy, first by participating in it by voting and second by accepting the outcome. Additionally, incidents of voter fraud are, in reality, incredibly rare - in the US, you’re more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark than to commit voter fraud.
Trump’s apparent refusal to accept the outcome of any election that he doesn’t win isn’t actually about who wins or loses. For everything he’s said about the rigging of polls and the lying, biased mainstream media, he knows how to read as well as anyone else, and knows that his chances of winning the election are, charitably, incredibly slim. This isn’t about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. It’s about Trump the child kicking the ball over the fence when he loses the soccer game. It’s a snide, smug declaration that if he can’t enjoy the fruits of a democratic election, then nobody else can, either.
It will remain to be seen the effect that Trump has on our democracy in the long run. I’ve gotten a number of questions about whether Trump is an anomaly, whether he has “opened a door that can never be closed,” and I don’t know the answer to that question. We’re used to viewing politics on a spectrum from “conservative” to “liberal” but Donald Trump’s attitude - and the willingness of the Republican Party to go along with him - makes me wonder if we should rethink that. The divide under Trump goes deeper than liberalism and conservatism, it calls into question the fundamental legitimacy of the democratic process. That worries me.
Of course, that’s a problem for the future. There are nineteen days until the election. If you haven’t registered to vote, you should do so.
I’ve got this very bad feeling we’re not getting any Gruvia reunion, not next week, not anytime soon, I don’t know why, but just looking at this badass Gray in today’s chapter I have a feeling it won’t happen, also Juvia’s sacrifice, really, President should have been dead, she deserved to accomplish at least this…