Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns Amid #DNCLeaks Scandal

Progressives have been waiting for a sign that the Democratic Party acknowledges their existence, let alone listens to their complaints. And Sunday afternoon, that’s exactly the sign they received, when controversial DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her seat amid the ever-growing DNC email leaks scandal (#DNCLeaks).

On Friday, the hacktivist site WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails to the public, confirming to the world what Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been saying for a year now: that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other Democratic Party leaders violated party rules by working against the Sanders campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton, all while repeatedly claiming non-existent neutrality.

Reports say that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was reluctant to resign and fought to keep her seat. But she will be leaving after addressing delegates at the start and close of the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia; one final swan song of political corruption on the part of Debbie Wasserman Schultz before the party can finally recover from what has been a highly controversial and self-serving reign as the Democratic Party’s Chair.

Over the weekend, calls for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign came in from throughout the Democratic Party. Bernie Sanders, Robert Reich, David Axelrod, and even members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign all recently insisted that she either resign or be fired.

The resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz is being warmly received by countless Democrats, but it’s a major victory for America’s progressives, who’ve been calling for her resignation since well before the 2016 Democratic primaries heated up.

The theme of the Democratic National Convention will be party unity, as Hillary Clinton attempts to court progressive voters to back her otherwise-centrist, 1970’s-Republican-style platform. The resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz could go a very long way toward settling the rift between the party’s Clinton-backing moderates and Sanders-backing progressives, the latter of whom believe the 2016 democratic primary was rigged in Clinton’s favor and has been all-around unfair to Sanders, a theory proven in part by the DNC email leaks.

With Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ resignation, the Democratic Party finds itself in a great position to swing to the left, installing a new party chair who is more progressive and less corrupt. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat many felt was snubbed by the Clinton camp to be her running mate, would be a great choice. Rumor has it Donna Brazile will reassume the position on an interim basis.

Other names being floated by Democrats on the street include moderate Julian Castro and progressive Tulsi Gabbard. Both Castro and Gabbard are wildly more progressive than Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and as far as anyone can tell, both are also considerably less corrupt (in fact, we can’t find any evidence that either is even slightly corrupt). Any of those nominations — Brown, Castro, or Gabbard — would go a long way toward bringing disenfranchised progressives back into the party’s fray.

Will Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ resignation prove to be a desperately-needed progressive shot in the arm for the Democratic Party? Will the party try to keep mending fences by picking a non-controversial figure who bridges the gap between party insiders and progressives who champion the liberal agenda? Or will some other shadowy figure fill the void? Only time will tell, but right now, spirits are pretty high: Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ resignation is a huge, undeniable victory for progressives… and everyone else for that matter, too.

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