Tom (@BoreGuru) October 21, 2012
DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is back in the news. As usual, that means she’s done something stupid. This time it’s telling a liberal activist that she’s never heard of President Obama’s ‘kill list:’
Her stunning ignorance — and the arrogance with which she dismissed a liberal activist — were too much for liberal lawyer/blogger/Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald to take.
Greenwald was a constant critic of President Bush’s conduct of the War on Terror. Unlike many on the Left, he’s been just as harsh about President Obama’s use of drones and of the kill list. Wasserman Schultz’s arrogance prompted him to write about “The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz:”
“That Obama has a “kill list” has been known since January, 2010, and has been widely reported and discussed in every major American newspaper since April 2010. A major controversy over chronic White House leaks often featured complaints about this article (New York Times, 5 June 2012: “Senators to Open Inquiry Into ‘Kill List’ and Iran Security Leaks”). The Attorney General, Eric Holder, gave a major speech defending it.
But Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Congresswoman from Florida and the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, does not know about any of this. She has never heard of any of it. She has managed to remain completely ignorant about the fact that President Obama has asserted and exercised the power to secretly place human beings, including US citizens, on his “kill list” and then order the CIA to extinguish their lives.
Anyone who observes politics closely has a very low bar of expectations. It’s almost inevitable to become cynical – even jaded – about just how inept and inane top Washington officials are. Still, even processing this through those lowly standards, I just find this staggering. Staggering and repellent. This is an elected official in Congress, the body that the Constitution designed to impose checks on the president’s abuses of power, and she does not have the foggiest idea what is happening in the White House, and obviously does not care in the slightest, because the person doing it is part of the party she leads.”
Greenwald’s piece drew a lot of attention on the Left and Right. It seems many of followers don’t think much of Wasserman Schultz’s intellect:
Oh, dear. Next she’ll be telling us that it’s un-American to question President Obama. Oh, wait.