As the head of the Democratic Party, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is well practiced at defending the indefensible, and that skill was on display Sunday when CNN’s Brian Stelter questioned the logic of holding a presidential debate on a Sunday night.
And not just any Sunday night, but on a day the nation is consumed with the National Football League playoffs.
After giving her a pass for dodging the question about whether she’d be adding any more debates to the schedule, Stelter asked Wasserman Schultz if she was interested in ratings.
“Sunday night is a terrible time to have a debate, because there are so many great shows on,” the CNN host said. “Don’t you think that is going to hurt your ratings? And isn’t it in your interests to have high ratings for these debates?”
(The last two Democratic debates took place on a Saturday night.)
Wasserman Schultz responded by saying they’ve had “record viewership” for their debates, but went all the way back to 2008 in naming some of their successes.
The high comedy of trying to defend the decision (and to protect Hillary Clinton) didn’t escape the notice of social media users, including one of the left’s own — Code Pink.
The radical anti-war group mocked Wasserman Schultz in a series of tweets that included an image the head of the DNC posted on social media of herself standing before an empty auditorium. They also made it clear that protecting Hillary is not their priority:
You might want a different image than "Pretty Vacant" @DWStweets #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/hvaIOstejH
— CODEPINK (@codepink) January 18, 2016
The next #DemDebate will be Sunday 1/17 during NFL playoffs and a 3 day weekend. Why does @DWStweets @TheDemocrats want to bury democracy?
— CODEPINK (@codepink) December 20, 2015
It’s a small world after all. Let @TheDemocrats @DWStweets know #TheForceAwakens & expose the #DarkSide Retweet this pic.twitter.com/ND6pdwi2Jh
— CODEPINK (@codepink) December 20, 2015
Code Pink wasn’t alone in going after Wasserman Schultz… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
The whole point of Sunday night during playoffs is to make sure no one watches and no one will! #DemDebate @DWStweets
— Joe (@JoeC1776) January 17, 2016
@DWStweets Resign! #DumpDebbie #RESIGNDEBBIE pic.twitter.com/R6IEhLaC0l
— Chris Doss (@isoceles) January 17, 2016
wut RT @thehill DNC chief: Debates scheduled to “maximize” candidates’ exposure pic.twitter.com/zgdCo9Wijc
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) January 17, 2016
.@thehill “maximize” pic.twitter.com/yz9fsJAWtQ
— DavidDunn (@ImDavidDunn) January 17, 2016
@thehill I like @DWStweets. While most Dems feign intelligence, she’s unabashedly – almost aggressively – stupid. #DemDebate
— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) January 17, 2016
@thehill they’re scheduling these debates during football games and Star Wars movie releases. It’s embarrassing.
— Paul Wartenberg (@PaulWartenberg) January 17, 2016
@thehill fess up, Li’l Debbie… the # of debates was set to benefit Hillary… ask @BernieSanders & @MartinOMalley pic.twitter.com/7c4phfZdEn
— Bartman 01 (@bartelmoose) January 17, 2016
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