Tim Canova is running to oust DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her congressional office. In an interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald, Canova said, "I believe in the New Deal. I believe in bottom-up economics." This puts him squarely at odds with Wasserman Schultz, who is far more interested in securing corporate cash, and rigging the Democratic nomination process in favor of Clinton (see my last blog post), than she is in the New Deal, which, I would bet, she knows little or nothing about - and doesn't care to know anything about. As Greenwald writes, "In general, Wasserman Schultz is the living, breathing embodiment of everything rotted and corrupt about the Democratic Party: a corporatist who overwhelmingly relies on corporate money to keep her job, a hawk who supports the most bellicose aspects of U.S. foreign policy..."
So far, Canova has sent three letters to Wasserman Schultz, requesting a debate, and she's ignored all three. So, he tried another method: "I tried to hand her a copy of the letter, but she wouldn't take it from me and told me to hand it to an aide. She was not very pleasant." One of Canova's supporters also tried to ask Wasserman Schultz whether she would have a debate with Canova, and Wasserman Schultz ultimately turned her back on the questioner and replied, "Have a nice day" (see the video of that encounter here).
If I was a political office holder, and I had a legitimate challenger like Canova (see his credentials at his campaign website here), and I was asked for a debate, I would, at the very least, respond, "I think it's something we should try to do, yes." Why? Because Americans should be able to hear their candidates talk about the issues. Why is Wasserman Schultz so afraid of that? Is it because she thinks she'll be exposed as a corporate hack, or as a career politician with very little vision, a history of bad decisions, and a great desire for money and power?
Wasserman Schultz is the ring-leader of a Democratic aristocracy that has devastated the Democratic Party through their slavish devotion to Wall Street, Corporate America, and financial fraudsters. She and her plutocratic buddies have lost of over 1,000 political offices across the country these past several years - and then they have the gall to say, "Hey, if you don't rally around our rigged and corporate candidate, Hillary Clinton, you're going to hurt the party!"
Yes, the Democratic Party is rotted and corrupt. And, until we un-throne the likes of Wasserman Schultz and Clinton, it will stay rotted and corrupt. We must open our eyes and see that these opportunistic politicians have taken the party of Roosevelt, and perverted it into an tool for financial predators.