You may know from a widely discussed New York Times article published earlier this year that Barack Obama has a secret “kill list” he has used to select targets for assassination around the world. But U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, doesn’t.
Shortly after the second presidential debate, Schultz was asked about the kill list by Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change. As Glenn Greenwald writes in The Guardian: “She doesn’t defend the ‘kill list’. She doesn’t criticize it. She makes clear that she has never heard of it and then contemptuously treats Rudkowski like he is some sort of frivolous joke for thinking that it is real.”
Anyone who observes politics closely has a very low bar of expectations. It’s almost inevitable to become cynical - even jaded - about just how inept and inane top Washington officials are. Still, even processing this through those lowly standards, I just find this staggering. Staggering and repellent. This is an elected official in Congress, the body that the Constitution designed to impose checks on the president’s abuses of power, and she does not have the foggiest idea what is happening in the White House, and obviously does not care in the slightest, because the person doing it is part of the party she leads.
One expects corrupt partisan loyalty from people like Wasserman Schultz, eager to excuse anything and everything a Democratic president does. That’s a total abdication of her duty as a member of Congress, but that’s par for the course. But one does not expect this level of ignorance, the ability to stay entirely unaware of one of the most extremist powers a president has claimed in US history, trumpeted on the front-page of the New York Times and virtually everywhere else.