Debbie Wasserman Schultz' Failed Leadership Facilitated Passage of Fast-Track

The Sept. 21, 2014 article Dems turn on Wasserman Schultz reports that the perception of critics is that Debbie Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda.

The 2014 mid-term election resulted in a loss of 13 Democratic House seats and 9 Democratic Senate seats. As disconcerting as this appeared to the Obama White House, the Republican representatives and Senators who gained these seats more than provided President Obama with the margin of victory necessary to pass Fast Track in June 2015, which improved his chances to get  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal passed. 

The Dec. 31, 2014 article Obama Eyes Smoother Ride in New Congress on Trade Deals confirmed the silver lining for President Obama in the dark cloud of the 2014 midterm elections was that with Republicans holding control of Congress, chances to move forward on approval of trade promotion authority (TPA) and other key trade deals greatly improved.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz maintaining her DNC leadership position until just recently, raises the question: Were the Democratic 2014 mid-term losses by design in order to give President Obama enough votes to pass Fast Track, thereby greasing the way for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?


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