Thursday was an interesting day for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She ended the day struggling to extricate herself from a scandal over a quid pro quo arrangement she made with a political donor in her home state of Florida. Earlier in the day, Schultz was considerably more upbeat, shooting zingers at former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani for questioning Barack Obama’s love for America. “Sure, we have policy differences, and we should talk about them,” she said of Republicans, of which Giuliani is one. “Sure, we have big differences over the direction we should take the country; we should talk about those too. But for them, it’s more than that. It’s personal, and it’s ugly, and there’s no sign of it getting better.”
Schultz wandered off track, but liberal journalists maintained their focus. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who is filling in for the defrocked Brian Williams, said:
Politics can be a rough business, and everyone’s fair game, even the leader of the free world, but when Rudy Giuliani went before a room of donors and told them that the President of the United States doesn’t love his country, his own country, it set off a war of words.
On CBS Andrea Mitchell brought on a member of the administration to address Giuliani’s perfidy. Rick Stengel, State Department Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, said:
I’m just sorry to hear that. I find it wrong in every possible way that it could be wrong. I think the president loves the country in an extraordinary way. He’s an American exceptionalist, but with a slightly different attitude.