Monday, February 1, 2016

Correction and Clarificiations: February 1, 2016

In my December 19, 2015 post "Democratic Disarray," I reported that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's stewardship of the Democratic National Committee "has left Republicans in charge of most state legislatures and governorships, with the smallest U.S. House caucus (to which she, inexplicably, still belongs) and the second-smallest U.S. Senate caucus in history."  I forgot to specify that the Democrats in fact have their smallest House caucus in 85 years, and that error has been corrected.  Also, the claim that the size of the current Democratic Senate caucus is the second-smallest in history, I suspect, is subject to relativity.  After all, the Senate currently has a hundred members, but it started out with twenty members back in 1789, before the two current major parties even existed. (Why not 26?  It's complicated.  This Wikipedia entry will explain it.) The House has had 435 members since 1912.
Also, as a matter of curiosity, I Googled to see if anyone else noticed that Debbie Wasserman Schultz's maiden name roughly translates to "water carrier" from the original German (the correct German word for "water carrier" is "wassertr├Ąger," but let that pass).  Right-wing nut job Michelle Malkin figured that out as early as 2011, when the Florida congresswoman first assumed the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee, and the phrase "water carrier" has been in vogue among conservatives to describe Debbie ever since.
I should be embarrassed, therefore, by using such a phrase.  I'm not.  Because conservatives are correct on this one - that is, the right got it right.  Debbie is nothing but a water carrier for the Clintons in general and for Hillary in particular.    

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