It's no secret -- most politicians obfuscate, deflect and sometimes even lie to avoid answering a question they know will hurt them. Still, there is something particularly off-putting about the consistency with which the Democratic National Committee chair refuses to be honest. With Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the practice has become almost pathological.
Hillary Clinton lost to rival Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary election by more than 20 percentage points, yet will still come away with more delegates. Clearly, something's rotten in the state of Denmark and CNN's Jake Tapper asked the DNC chair to explain it:
Tapper: "Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 percentage points, the biggest victory in a contested Democratic Primary there since John F. Kennedy, but it looks as though Clinton and Sanders are leaving the Granite State with the same number of delegates in their pockets because Clinton has the support of New Hampshire’s Superdelegates, these party insiders. What do you tell voters who are new to the process, who says this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?"
Wasserman Schultz: "Well, let me just make sure that I can clarify exactly what was available during the primaries in Iowa and in New Hampshire. The unpledged delegates are a separate category. The only thing available on the ballot in a primary and a caucus is the pledged delegates. Those that are tied to the candidates that they are pledged to support and they receive a proportional number of delegates going into, going into our convention."
Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists. We are as a Democratic Party really highlight and emphasize inclusiveness and diversity at our convention and so we want to give every opportunity to grass roots activists and diverse, committed Democrats to be able to participate, attend, and be a delegate at the convention. And so we separate out those, those unpledged delegates to make sure that there isn’t competition between them."
To which Tapper replied, "I’m not sure that, that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter but let’s move on."
We're not sure that answer would satisfy any voter.
In fact, is there ever a question Wasserman Schultz answers satisfactorily?